Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Description

Perform 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.

Tasks

  • Sell tickets and collect fees from customers.
  • Sell and serve refreshments to customers.
  • Record details of attendance, sales, receipts, reservations, or repair activities.
  • Provide information about facilities, entertainment options, and rules and regulations.
  • Direct patrons to rides, seats, or attractions.
  • Monitor activities to ensure adherence to rules and safety procedures, or arrange for the removal of unruly patrons.
  • Clean sporting equipment, vehicles, rides, booths, facilities, or grounds.
  • Keep informed of shut-down and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Operate machines to clean, smooth, and prepare the ice surfaces of rinks for activities such as skating, hockey, and curling.
  • Operate, drive, or explain the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.
  • Provide assistance to patrons entering or exiting amusement rides, boats, or ski lifts, or mounting or dismounting animals.
  • Rent, sell, or issue sporting equipment and supplies such as bowling shoes, golf balls, swimming suits, and beach chairs.
  • Fasten safety devices for patrons, or provide them with directions for fastening devices.
  • Tend amusement booths in parks, carnivals, or stadiums, performing duties such as conducting games, photographing patrons, and awarding prizes.
  • Verify, collect, or punch tickets before admitting patrons to venues such as amusement parks and rides.
  • Inspect equipment to detect wear and damage and perform minor repairs, adjustments or maintenance tasks such as oiling parts.
  • Maintain inventories of equipment, storing and retrieving items and assembling and disassembling equipment as necessary.
  • Announce or describe amusement park attractions to patrons to entice customers to games and other entertainment.
  • Schedule the use of recreation facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts, bowling alleys, and softball diamonds.

Skills

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Activities Attendant
Alley Worker
Amusement or Recreation Card Checker
Amusement Park Worker
Animal Ride Attendant
Animal Rides Manager
Arcade Attendant
Artificial Snow Making Machine Operator
Assistant
Athletic Equipment Manager
Athletic Events Scorer
Attendant
Ball Racker
Ball Shagger
Ball Worker
Barker
Basket Person
Bat Person
Beach Attendant
Board Attendant
Boat Camp Operator
Boat Dock Operator
Boathouse Keeper
Booster
Bowling Alley Attendant
Bowling Floor Desk Clerk
Bowling Floor Manager
Bowling or Skating Front Desk Clerk
Bridge Game Director
Cabana Attendant
Caddie
Caddy
Caller
Car Usher
Cardroom Attendant
Cardroom Supervisor
Carney
Carnival Worker
Clay Pigeon Loader
Clay Pigeon Setter
Clerk
Coach Driver
Community Center Coordinator
Concession Attendant
Cue Worker
Curb Worker
Dance Hall Host/Hostess
Dance Hall Hostess
Desk Clerk
Desk Monitor
Dog Track Kennel Manager
Donkey Ride Operator
Dude Wrangler
Equipment Manager
Ferris Wheel Attendant
Ferris Wheel Operator
Flagger
Floor Attendant
Floorperson
Floorwalker
Front Desk Clerk
Fun House Operator
Game Attendant
Golf Caddie
Golf Caddy
Golf Course Assistant
Golf Course Starter
Golf Range Attendant
Gym Attendant
Hospitality Aide
Host/Hostess
Hotel Casino Floorperson
Ice Rink Attendant
Ice Scraper
Jinrikisha Driver

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$9.0 hourly, $18,710 annual.
Employment (2008):
256,400 employees