Recreation and Amusement Attendant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Recreation, Amusements and Attractions pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Sells tickets to and collects fees from customers.
  • Sells and serves refreshments to customers.
  • Records details of attendance, sales, receipts, reservations, and repair activities.
  • Provides information about facilities, entertainment options, rules, and regulations.
  • Directs patrons to rides, seats, or attractions.
  • Monitors activities to ensure adherence to rules and safety procedures, or arranges for the removal of unruly patrons.
  • Cleans sporting equipment, vehicles, rides, booths, facilities, or grounds.
  • Keeps informed of shut-down and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Operates machines to clean, smooth, and prepare the ice surfaces of rinks for activities such as skating, hockey, and curling.
  • Operates, drives, or explains the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.

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Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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