If you are looking to spend the summer where fun is plentiful, consider workamping at Adventureland Amusement Park!
In addition to the amusement park, Adventureland has over 200 acres of land that includes a 310-site campground and an almost 200-room hotel! This amusement park wonderland is just East of Des Moines in Altoona, IA right off exit I-80, and is a popular summer hangout for its more than 600,000 guests!
Since Des Moines is just a short drive away, there is much to see and do in your leisure time while working inside the park. Workampers should consider using days off to visit places like the Botanical Center, Farmer’s Markets, Blank Park Zoo, the State Capital, the Science Center, and many other top attractions like the State Capital.
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Workamping at Adventureland
The Adventureland Workamping program, which dates back many years of successfully hiring RVers, has become one of the most well-known summer Workamping jobs, and for good reason. Adventureland Park has been hiring Work Campers for many years and hires thousands of RVers each season in addition to local hires.
Over the years, Work Campers have returned to work for Adventureland year after year and many have brought friends and family back to join the fun experience.
Throughout the season, they do a good job of encouraging employees to have a good time as well. It is reported that trips to local attractions, group games, ice cream socials, and other social activities are planned for employees to interact and have some summer fun.
Compensation includes a free FHU campsite during the season provided each Workamper is available to work up to 40 hours a week. Pay is calculated for all hours worked and starts at around $14.00 per hour for some positions. Separate from other Workamping programs, they do not set time constraints on when your work agreement ends but do offer a seasonal bonus for those who stay through the end of the operational season.
The end of season bonus offers an additional $400 campsite bonus for those who stay into the fall season.
The current HR Director has been known to start hiring right after Labor Day for the next season, but typically likes to wait until October 1. While the Workamping season at Adventureland runs from late April to late October, they seem to have flexible start dates with the caveat that all Work Campers should be onsite by late June.
In April, at the beginning of the season, schedules will include part-time weekend hours only. Once the park opens on Memorial Day and operations are in full swing, Workampers can expect to see daily full-time hours through the last weekend in September where 8 hours days, 5-6 days per week are normal.
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Most positions will be inside the park facility in departments such as ride operations, retail, food service, and retail working 5-7 hour days with a 30-minute unpaid break.
Working in the rides department will include operating amusement park rides for park guests and assisting guests during the loading and unloading process, with guest safety as a top priority. Standing on your feet for extended periods of time is typical in these roles, and they also require moderate lifting. You will be exposed to various weather conditions, so make sure you have the appropriate gear.
Food service employees are required to take and fill orders, operate the cash register, accept cash payments, and prepare some food items. Standing on your feet for extended periods of time is typical in these roles, and they also require moderate lifting when receiving and unpacking inventory. Safety is a top priority and requirements include the use of (PPE) personal protective equipment.
Inside the games department, Workampers can expect to work in many arcade/game areas throughout the park. Major responsibilities will include encouraging players to play games, handling cash payments, providing prizes to winners, and speaking over a microphone. Basic customer service and math skills are needed, along with an outgoing personality due to high guest interaction. Folks working in this department can expect to be exposed to various weather elements.
Retail Employees will enjoy working in one of several kiosks and/or souvenir shops throughout the park. This position is located both indoors and outdoors, with varying weather elements. Job responsibilities might include tasks such as using a register with a point of sale computer, credit card processing, and stocking shelves. Employees in these roles should enjoy high customer interactions and be ready for a fast-paced work environment.
Adventureland has a dress code that is required for all employees. They will provide three uniform shirts, two pairs of Khaki shorts, a team member ID Badge, and a hat or visor. You are welcome to wear your own approved Khakis. Also make sure to wear closed-toed, no-slip shoes in black, grey, or white.
Workamping is already a fun adventure so why not take it to the next level with Adventureland Amusement Park!