​​​​Summer Employment

The Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for qualified individuals who are interested in summer employment. Please download a copy of the summer employment application form. Completed form should be sent to:

Human Resource Office
IL Dept. of Agriculture
State Fairgrounds
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281


The Illinois State Fair is seeking volunteers to help staff information booths. The information booths are located at various locations throughout the fairgrounds. Workers are needed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. You can volunteer three days or all ten days. The fair is held August 12th-22nd. Workers are provided with all the information needed to answer questions by fairgoers as well as gate and parking passes, and State Fair t-shirts. A training workshop will be held on August 8th at 1 p.m. at the Emmerson Building.

  • The 2021 Illinois State Fair will be held August 12th-22nd.
  • Volunteers are needed in several areas including;
    • Information Booths: Staff information booth; assist fair-goers. Six Information Booths are located at the Illinois State Fair. Information booths are conveniently located across from the north end of the Grandstand, on Main Street at the four-way stop, south of the pedestrian tunnel, at the three way stop near the Livestock Center at the end of Central Avenue, Gate 2 at Peoria Rd and Sangamon Avenue and near the entrance of the Main Gate. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Office assistant in the Emerson Building in the State Fair office. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Floaters; Upon arrival for volunteer assignment, assist where needed.
    • Exposition Building: Greet fair-goers and provide daily schedules. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Greeters at gates 1 and 2 ( Sangamon Ave). 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.


  • Minimum of 15 hours of total time needed from volunteers. Of course, you can volunteer for additional hours.
  • Free State Fair T-shirt, free admission and parking.
  • Training workshop to be held on August 8th at 1 p.m. (not mandatory, about 1 hour)
  • Please complete and submit a Volunteer Application Form
  • For additional information or questions, please contact the Special Events Office at 217-782-0777.