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*Free Fair Entry and Parking

*Official Fair T-Shirt

*Post-Fair Appreciation Gala

*Volunteer recognition based on years of service

Volunteers must attend an orientation (June 13th at 5:30 pm) at the Fairgrounds.

Call (707)283-3247 or email [email protected] or more information.


Employment ApplicationFair-Rides

Thank you for your interest in temporary employment at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Generally, the Association hires two weeks in June for the annual Fair; some positions will have the opportunity to begin earlier and/or stay on following the Fair. Begin to inquire as soon as the employment application is available on this page (below). Most positions pay at Petaluma’s minimum rate of $17.45 per hour.

We will be hiring individuals for the following position types:

  • Ticket Seller ($20.00)
  • Ticket Taker (19.00)
  • Ice Attendant (19.00)
  • Runner
  • Maintenance
  • Grounds Maintenance (trash pick-up)
  • Exhibits/Livestock Clerk
  • Contest Assistant
  • Office/Reception/Clerical
  • Forklift Operator
  • Poster Distribution

“The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.”


Submit your application:
Drop off to 175 Fairgrounds Drive during business hours.
Mail application: 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952 USA

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Sonoma-Marin Fair!

Admissions Positions – URGENTLY NEEDED

Runner: Performs cash pick-ups and escorts Ticket Sellers to designated ticket booths. Helps cash-out sellers at shifts-end.

Ticket Seller: Responsible for ticket selling and cash management.  Must be good with math; cash handling experience a plus.  Customer Service a must.  Bi-Lingual sellers needed.  Applicants will be given a short quiz to test math skills.
Ticket Taker: Responsible for taking tickets from patrons at the admission gates. Must be able to stand for the entire shift.  Customer service skills required.


Administration –

Office Assistant: Assist the Fair with customer relations for the duration of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Marketing Intern: Assist the Sonoma-Marin Fair Publicist with social media posts and marketing during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Task will vary.

Poster Distribution: Contractor position. Distribute approximately 200 Fair posters throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties. Responsible for distribution in a timely manner (no later than May 21st).

Contest Assistant: The Sonoma-Marin Fair is looking for outgoing and responsible teenagers or young adults to assist in running the kid’s day activities and special events such as daily theme contests and other activities. Must be outgoing, energetic and have positive customer service skills.

Show Clerk: Assist in the livestock department with show operations. Check in exhibitors, assist guests and exhibitors with questions.

Runner: Performs various tasks as assigned by fair management.  Must have a valid CA Drivers license, and customer service skills.


Grounds Operations –

Ice Attendant: Responsible for selling and delivering ice to the vendors and various departments on the fairgrounds.  Must have the ability to keep accurate logs, and have positive customer service skills.

Grounds Maintenance (trash pick-up): Responsible for janitorial Services for all restrooms, trash pick-up of entire grounds, garbage maintenance of all garbage cans on grounds, and other related duties as designated by fair management.

Maintenance Worker: Responsible for maintenance functions necessary to maintain and operate the facilities.  Painting; carpentry; plumbing; electrical work; landscaping; mechanical and equipment repairs; operating equipment such as tractors, dump trucks, blowers, sweepers, loaders, fork lifts; janitorial functions; ordering and record keeping of supplies; installing blacktop and grade; cement work, brick work; setting up and/or installing temporary structures or events; roofing; digging irrigation ditches, and other related duties as designated by fair management. Position length: varies.

Forklift Operator: Responsible for forklift operations in the livestock barns. Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the barn and livestock areas. Forklift certification is required. Position to begin June 19th and conclude June 26th.

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