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Employees at Luna Park Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

UPDATE: See post for 2015 season here: “Coney Island Amusement Park Jobs from Entry Level to Managerial Up for Grabs,” February 22, 2015

Running away with the carnival is easy but sticking with it through the end of the season is hard work. Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for American kids who wanted to see the world beyond their hometowns. Nowadays, the amusement industry still recruits high-school grads and college students, as well as retirees and others with merry-go-round memories and itchy feet. If you’d like to work in Coney Island or travel across the country with a carnival, now is the time of year to apply for a job.

Next week, Central Amusement International, operator of Coney Island’s Luna Park and Scream Zone, and Nathan’s Famous, together with the Coney Island Development Corporation, will begin recruiting for seasonal positions. “This is a unique opportunity to become a part of ‘The One and Only Coney’ by joining the team of dedicated employees that make Coney Island an entertainment destination worldwide,” says the CIDC event flyer for the upcoming screenings. (Update: If you are viewing this post in 2014, check out this season’s job information at “A Head Start on Summer Jobs in Coney Island”

The job screenings are February 28, March 1, April 24 and April 26, 2012 from 12 noon till 6 pm at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. In past years, nearly a thousand people have shown up on a single day, so we recommend getting there early. Qualified candidates, who must be 18 years of age or older, will be referred for an interview. Seasonal jobs include Ride and Game Operators, Food and Beverage Service, Park Service, Customer Service/Retail Sales and Ticket Sales Associates/Cashiers.

Lunatic Dance Team, Luna Park Coney Island. July 15, 2011. Photo © Jim McDonnell. All Rights Reserved.

If you’re reading this after the screening events have taken place or can’t make it, visit the Career Opportunities pages at Nathan’s Famous and Luna Park and also check Craigslist. Luna Park currently has an ad on Craigslist for dancers and performers for the Lunatic Promotion Team, which pays $10 per hour. According to the ad, “the team will attend offsite promotions to inform new guests about the park and all the amazing things Coney Island has to offer. The second task will be to handle on-site events, promotions, photo opportunities and guests experience surveys.” Performers, including singers, dancers and DJs, will take part in the Cyclone roller coaster’s 85th birthday celebration and Coney Island’s first end of the summer concert.

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Game operator with North American Midway Entertainment. Via Facebook.com/Namidway

A dozen years ago, homesick for the midways of my carnival childhood, I went on the road with S & S Amusements, touring the Pennsylvania fairs. Since then, I’ve worked as a game agent with Wade Shows at New York City’s “Big A” Fair, the Delaware State Fair, the Michigan State Fair and the Central Florida Fair, and on Coney Island’s Jones Walk. One advantage to working in Coney is being able to sleep in my apartment at night, though when I got home from being on the road all summer it took a bit of getting used to having townhouses across the way instead of a Tilt-A-Whirl.

“The carnival business, which supports America’s state and sounty fairs, festivals and community events, needs seasonal workers who are willing to travel, work nights, weekends and Holidays,” Bob Johnson, President of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association tells ATZ. A look at the websites of OABA member carnivals shows that these carnivals are hiring ride operators and attendants, food and game agents, maintenance, electricians and welders. “Weekly pay is based on State and Federal minimum wage rates, and other State regulations, such as overtime pay,” notes Johnson “Over 5 million seasonal workers support this industry and many come back year after year as they love to travel and entertain over 300 million patrons who visit the carnival midways.”

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Ride operators with North American Midway Entertainment. Via Facebook.com/Namidway

If the idea of traveling to 20 states and 4 Canadian provinces, including 10 of the top 50 fairs in North America is appealing, then you may want to check out North American Midway Entertainment’s Careers page.

ATZ talked with Ed Dame, Director of Operations for NAME, “the world’s largest traveling outdoor amusement park,” about opportunities with his company. “Eighty percent of our employees are locals,” he said. “We advertise in newspapers and state workforce agencies.” The carnival company has an Employee Appreciation Program, which rewards workers with gift certificates, iPads and computers.

Group activities include day trips to Major League baseball games, Banff, Niagara Falls and New York City, as well as BBQs, bowling nights and jamborees. Among the fairs played by NAME are The Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts, Toronto’s CNE, the Calgary Stampede, Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo and State Fairs in Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

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January 10, 2014: A Head Start on Summer Jobs in Coney Island

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August 16, 2009: Coney Island Carnival Games: My Photo Album

January 26, 2010: Scoop: Zamperla’s $24M Coney Island Park to be Named Luna Park!

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If you’re in Miami on Super Bowl Sunday, go for a post-game spin on North American Midway Entertainment’s Giant Vertical Swing. You can’t miss it—the Zamperla swing is 100 feet tall and illuminated in red, white and blue!

We learned about the thrill ride’s Super Bowl XLIV gig via an email from Amber Swedgan, NAME’s Director of Media and Communications…

Just when you thought your fantasy football season was over, ours at North American Midway is just getting started. NAME will kick-off our Twenty Ten season featuring the Zamperla “Swing Tower” at the NFL Pro Bowl at Landshark Stadium in Miami, FL on January 31st and at the XLIV Super Bowl on February 7th, 2010.

After Super Bowl we will head to Cajun Field for Le Festival de Mardi Gras in Lafayette, LA. North American Midway and Le Festival de Mardi Gras re-signed a new multi-year partnership. Mardi Gras features the best in local, regional and national live music, talents, food and parades. See you at Mardi Gras, February 12-16th.

Last year North American Midway Entertainment once again made the CarnivalWarehouse.com list of carnivals playing North America’s Top 50 fairs. NAME topped the list at #1 with attendance of 8,161,095 at ten top 50 events: CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), Calgary Stampede, Big E (Eastern States Exposition), Indiana State Fair, Illinois State Fair, Edmonton’s Capital EX, Miami Dade County Fair, Mississippi State Fair, Kentucky State Fair and South Carolina State Fair.

The Zamperla manufactured Vertical Swing is of course on ATZ’s radar because it’s one of the thrill rides that Zamperla will bring to their new Luna Park set to open in Coney Island on Memorial Day Weekend 2010. See you in the sky!

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January 26, 2010: Scoop: Zamperla’s $24M Coney Island Park to be Named Luna Park!

January 14, 2010: Zamperla Ride-O-Rama: Rock the Disko Music Video

October 25, 2009: Traveler: Bryant Park’s Beguiling Carousel Is Awhirl for the Holidays

October 19, 2009: Traveler: Carnival Rides as Public Art at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

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