Seasonal Employment Information

The PNE provides various employment opportunities on a seasonal basis in order to successfully operate Playland, the PNE Fair, and Fright Nights.

Our peak operation period begins in May with Playland opening and carries through to the end of October with Fright Nights. During this time period we recruit for approximately 1,300 seasonal employees.

 

Seasonal Recruitment Information

Playland — Typically, we will have a large number of returning employees for the Playland season, however, if any positions for Playland become available we recruit for these positions within the months of April & May.

The Fair — on an annual basis, we hire approximately 1300 individuals to work during the last two weeks of summer to contribute toward the operation of the Fair at the PNE. Fair group interviews are held during the month of July, with employment commencing in August.

Fright Nights – Each year, we hire anywhere from 60-100 individuals to work during Fright Nights; typically these positions are acting positions to help us scare our guests during the operation of Fright Nights! Group interviews for Fright Nights actors/cast members are held in August, and the beginning of September.

Important Recruitment Dates

This year the PNE will be hiring for three (3) major seasons: Playland at the PNE, the Fair at the PNE and Fright Nights at Playland. Successful candidates will be invited via email or phone call to attend a group or individual interview session.

 

Dates Activity
March 2 Playland Jobs posted – application available online
March 27 First round of successful candidates invited to Playland Group Interview Sessions
April 1 & May 22 Playland Group Interview sessions
May 4 Fair Jobs posted (August 22 – September 7) – application available online
July 3 First Round of successful candidates invited to Fair Group Interview Sessions
July 9, 11, 14 Fair Group Interview Sessions
Mid-July Fright Nights Jobs Posted – application available online
Mid August–
Mid September

Successful candidates invited to Fright Nights Interview Sessions via email
End August
Fright Nights Interview Sessions

Returning Seasonal Employees

Employees who worked during the 2019 year who received a successful performance review will be invited to return for the 2020 season. Invitations for returning Playland employees have been sent out via email on February 20 and invitations for Fair returning employees will be sent out on April 17. If we do not have your email address on file, you will receive a letter by mail.

If you have changed your email or home address, please contact Payroll at payroll@pne.ca or call 604.253.2311 extension 2221.

For more information regarding Playland and Fair, visit the Playland and the PNE Fair sections of our website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What qualities is the PNE looking for in a prospective employee?

  • A positive attitude
  • Team Player
  • Enthusiasm
  • Clean and neat appearance
  • Courteous, friendly and respectful
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Confidence
  • A smile!

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Who and how many people does the PNE hire?

We employ over 2,800 seasonal employees from Vancouver and surrounding areas (1,300 for the Playland season, another 1500 throughout The Fair and about 180 cast members are hired for our Fright Nights season). We employ positive, energetic people who enjoy working in a fun, safe, and challenging environment with flexible hours. We employ anyone 15 years of age or older including high school and college/university students, adults and seniors. Click here to check out our current job opportunities – we may have opportunities for you!

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What do I need to apply for a job at the PNE?

  • A valid Social Insurance Number
  • A resume

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How old do I need to be to work at the PNE?

You must be at least 15 years of age or older, although some positions do have minimum age restrictions.

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Do I have to wear a uniform while I'm working?

Most positions do require you to wear a uniform. Employee Services provides employees their uniform free of charge. Uniforms may consist of a golf shirt, pants, and a nametag. Jackets, hats, and rain gear are also provided upon request.

Click here for a list of the PNE’s uniform and appearance standards.

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How much do you pay?

Most wages start at $14.00 per hour and vary depending on the department of employment and the skills and abilities required by the job. For your convenience, specific position wages are provided on each job posting. Search current job opportunities.

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When and how will I be contacted for an interview?

If you have applied for a year-round position and have not been contacted by PNE People & Culture (HR) within 4 – 6 weeks, you can assume that your application is not being considered at this time.

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Are there transfer opportunities?

Yes! We do not accept mid-season transfer requests, however, we do offer returning employees an opportunity to explore other departments prior to the start of the season. Refer to your returning invitation or contact PNE People & Culture (HR) at hr@pne.ca to find out how to request a transfer. Please note that not all transfers are granted as they are based on eligibility and departmental needs.