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Date:  Jun 4, 2021

Du Quoin, IL, US, 62832-3850

Job Requisition ID:  2552

Agency:  Department of Agriculture  
Closing Date/Time:  September 3, 2021
Salary:  $11.00 - $15.00/Hour 
Job Type:  Hourly Full Time 
County:  Perry 
Number of Vacancies:  Varies


We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.





Illinois Department of Agriculture 2021 Seasonal Hire Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

Any applications received prior to the date of this posting will not be considered or returned. Please resubmit using the current application.


Posting Identification #


Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is seeking individuals, for temporary employment not to exceed 6 months, for the Illinois State Fair summer season. Temporary employees are needed for the following areas: Maintenance, State Fair customer service, Cashier, Ticket Sales, Grandstand Ticket Takers and Security.  This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to work in a constantly changing fast paced environment.  Successful candidates will be individuals who can work promptly and efficiently in order to maintain that the Illinois State Fair, as well as non-fair events, run effectively.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early as offers for positions will be made on a first come first serve basis.

Job Responsibilities

20%  1. Maintains clean, safe and attractive public use areas.

  • Cuts grass, weeds, brush and rakes lawns.
  • Trims, cuts and waters trees and shrubbery.
  • Maintains tools and equipment including cleaning and repairing hand tools.

20%  2. Performs a variety of routine clerical duties.

20%  3. Makes periodic rounds of buildings and grounds for protection against fire, theft or other losses.

20%  4. Sweeps, scrubs and polishes floors for maintenance of the buildings and grounds on the Illinois State Fairground.

10%  5. Moves heavy equipment and office equipment including chairs, desks, file cabinets, and transports machinery to garage for major repairs.

05%  6. Picks up and hauls garbage and manure.

05%  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above for a period not to exceed 6 months.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of eight years of elementary school.
  2. Requires no previous experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires elementary knowledge of the materials, tools, equipment and practices essential to ground and building maintenance.
  • Requires ability to understand and follow simple oral and written instructions.
  • Requires ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Requires ability to operate simple equipment, machinery and tools.
  • May require good physical condition to perform strenuous manual labor tasks.
  • May require possession of an appropriate valid driver's license.

Conditions of Employment

  • Requies the ability to work overtime.
  • May require good physical condition to perform strenuous manual labor tasks for 6.5 hours or more.
  • May require the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • May require the ability to stand for 6-8 hours.
  • May require the ability to utilize Microsoft Office products.
  • May require the ability to receive payments from customers.

Rates of Pay

$10.00/hour Day Shift

$11.00/hour Day Shift Lead Worker (7/1-8/23)

$10.50/hour Afternoon Shift (8/10-8/23)

$14.00/hour Afternoon Shift Lead Worker (8/10-8/23)

$10.50/hour Night Shift (8/10-8/23)

Work Shifts

June 1-August 9             7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch)          Day Shift
August 10-August 23     7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch)          Day Shift during Fair
August 10-August 23     4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (1/2 hour lunch)          Afternoon Shift during Fair
August 10-August 23     5:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. (1/2 hour lunch)          Night Shift during Fair

Work Hours:  Varies  
Work Location: 655 Executive Drive, Du Quoin, IL 62832  
Agency Contact:

Bureau of Human Resources

Email: AGR.SeasonalHR@illinois.gov

Phone #:217-785-5099

Job Function:  Sciences and Natural Resources  





Please submit application via email to: AGR.SeasonalHires@illinois.gov  (Paper Applictions may be dropped off at 801 E. Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62702, inside Gate 11 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Applications may also be mailed to the same address listed at the top of the application.)


Submit a Illinois Department of Agriculture 2021 Seasonal Hire Employment Application (version dated April 2021) to the Agency Contact address listed above. Failure to complete and submit the new application version (dated April 2021) will result in your application being rejected.


The following are hire dates and application deadline dates*:
June 1, 2021      9 hires/Day Shift                   Must apply by May 21, 2021
July 1, 2021      10 hires/Day Shift                  Must apply by June 17, 2021
Aug 10, 2021   45 hires/Day Shift                   Must apply by June 30, 2021
Aug 10, 2021   25 hires/Afternoon Shift          Must apply by June 30, 2021
Aug 10, 2021   45 hires/Night Shift                 Must apply by June 30, 2021

Applications will be scored and ranked from highest to lowest score.  Applicants will be offered employment in score order. Applicants scoring 1 or less will only be contacted if necessary to fill any vacant positions.

All applications received July 1, 2021 through August 23, 2021 will be considered as necessary to fill any vacant positions. 

All qualified applicants may be considered for Lead Worker positions.  Lead Workers will be selected based on job performance and will take effect the following dates:


June 1, 2021                            Day Shift                 4 positions
July 1, 2021                             Day Shift                  8 positions
August 10, 2021                     Afternoon Shift          1 position
August 10, 2021                     Night Shift                 4 positions