Cedar Fair was started when Cedar Point, then run by the Cedar Point Pleasure Company, bought Valleyfair, an amusement park in Minnesota in 1978. However, the company didn’t get going until 1983; the name Cedar Fair is a combination of the two names. Links to apply for jobs at Cedar Fair are at the bottom of the page.
In 1992, the company began to acquire parks, starting with Dorney Park, followed quickly by Worlds of Fun. Knott’s Berry Farm was bought in 1997, making it their first year-round park, and has allowed the building of several water parks under the name Knott’s Soak Park in California, some of which have been sold within the last few years. Michigan’s Adventure was the next park that was bought in 2001.
The company constructed their first indoor waterpark, Castaway Bay, in 2004. After 2004, Cedar Fair began acquiring larger parks, including Six Flags, Wildwater Kingdom, and buying Paramount Parks, adding five more parks across the country to their chain. At that point, Cedar Fair changed their name to the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
Currently, the company has seventeen locations; including eleven amusement parks, four water parks, and five hotels. They also manage Gilroy Gardens through a contract with the city of Gilroy, California. The company has plans to start introducing Dark Rides into all their theme parks, starting with Canada’s Wonderland and Knott’s Berry Farm. There is a Cedar Fair application for each park on their website.
Cedar Fair Careers
There are several Cedar Fair jobs available at the corporate level, offering support to the multiple parks around North America. Most corporate jobs entail you to work in Sandusky, Ohio; located close to Cedar Point, the oldest park in the Cedar Fair chain.
At the local level there are plenty of places for people to start their Cedar Fair careers, scattered across the continent. All local Cedar Fair jobs online applications go to the parks themselves, the corporation does not see them. Make sure that when you send in your application for a permanent position you read all requirements and email address carefully.
How old do you have to be to work at Cedar Fair? Age requirements vary by job, for most seasonal jobs, however, you must be over the age of sixteen. For all permanent jobs, make sure that you read all requirements carefully, several jobs require various degrees, experiences, or knowledge in certain fields.
The corporate offices tend to follow traditional business hours. However, the parks tend to have different hours. Most parks are closed during the winter months, reopening in later March or early April. During the peak summer season, hours are long to accommodate as many guests as possible.
Cedar Fair Job Descriptions
Systems Engineer – You will work to be supportive for all company networks and systems. Having advanced knowledge of servers, routing protocols, firewalls, etc. is mandatory for this position. Communication is key in this position as you work closely with team members to prevent any problems that may arise. Compensation is very competitive.
Tax Accountant – Working on taxes is a major part of this job, as you’ll do them for sixteen corporations, twenty-two partnerships, and related partnerships. You’ll need to have a great work ethic and team mentality in order to get all the tax refunds done on time. Compensation is competitive.
Graphic Designer – You’ll work closely with clients from conception to completion on every project. Because you’re working people from inside the company, you must have excellent communication skills in order to understand what you’re being asked to do. Compensation is competitive.
Seasonal Worker – As this company runs several amusement parks across the country, they’re in constant need of seasonal workers doing a variety of tasks. There are also several water parks that you can apply to as well. Applications for this position go directly the parks themselves and Cedar Fair does not see them. Compensation starts at minimum wage.
Cedar Fair Interview Questions
Here are some questions you may be asked:
Why do you want to work for Cedar Fair? This is an extremely common interview question, so make sure that you’re prepared for it. Talk about what drew you to the company, whether it was the benefits, company culture, or something else, and why it’s your first choice to work.
What experience do you have? Make sure to highlight all relevant experience that you have. If you’re applying for an accounting job, make sure to highlight all relevant accounting jobs that you have, including degrees.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years? Your interviewer wants to know if you’ll you’re planning on staying with the company. Be realistic in your career projections, talk about how you’re willing to take on extra challenges and responsibilities to move up in the company and get where you want to be.
If you’re applying for seasonal positions, you might be asked: How would you deal with an angry customer? Or how do you react under pressure? Make sure to be specific with your actions. Explain what you would do and why. For the second question, make sure to use a very specific example and explain exactly why you made the choices that you did and what your other options were.
Advice for Application Process
How to apply for Cedar Fair online: start by deciding where you want to work, if it’s in the corporate offices or for a park with seasonal employment. Once you’ve made that decision, if you’ve decided to go with seasonal work, select the park that you would like to work for and follow the instructions. If you’ve decided to go with permanent work, select the job that you’re interested in, making sure to look for the park or corporate office that you’re interested. Read the Cedar Fair jobs descriptions closely and submit your resume and cover letter to the required email address. There is no printable application for Cedar Fair.
Before attending your interview, do research on the company and the industry. Have a list of questions to bring with you to the interview, several of them might be answered, but it will show that you think ahead and will place you in front of the other applicants.
The interview will have a formal tone, so make sure that you dress appropriately, business casual at the very least. Have a positive and respectful attitude during the interview process, it will show that you’ll willing to work hard to fit in with the team.
Make sure to show gratuity for the opportunity to interview with the company. Afterwards, make sure to inquire about the best way to check on your hiring status. No one who filled out a Cedar Fair application will learn if they got the job during their interview as the company will want to screen all applicants before making a final decision.
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