The Adventureland Workamper program provides a free hook up campsite that includes your electric, water and sewer. Workampers are paid for all hours worked. All Workampers 18 years and older are paid $14.00/hour or more depending on their department and position. There is no contract or time commitment.

Our program has become a Win-Win for Adventureland and the Workamper!!

Adventureland Park is an outdoor amusement facility. Our Workampers primarily work in the amusement park. In addition to the amusement park, there is a 185 room hotel and a 310 site campground spread over 200+ acres. We are located just east of Des Moines in Altoona, IA right off I-80 exit 142. We expect to provide entertainment for over 600,000 guests for the 2024 season.

Adventureland Park opens for weekends only throughout the month of May. Full time daily operations run from Memorial day to mid-August when the Park returns to weekend only operation until the end of October.

Free FHU Site, Pay for All Hours and Arrival and Departure bonus may apply!

Positions Available May through October

Foods Department

Duties include taking food orders from guests, filling orders, accomplishing credit transactions, and preparation of food items. Lifting requirements include receiving and unpacking inventory and daily lifting of food items. Safety requirements include use of personal protective equipment for chemical hazards, proper safety attire and following all other company safety requirements.

Park Services Department (Janitorial) 14+

Duties include cleaning and disinfecting public areas, removing garbage, performing basic maintenance in assigned common areas, and providing exceptional customer service for guests and employees.

Rides Department

Duties include operating and/or assisting on various amusement park rides. Responsibilities include not only operating rides, but also assisting guests during the loading and unloading process and ensuring guest safety. These positions involve being on your feet for extended periods of time, requires mobility and moderate lifting. You will be exposed to various weather conditions and have constant guest contact.

You need to be aware that all of our positions require you to be on your feet working. Many positions require that you work outside.

Work Requirements

During weekend only operations, Workampers should be available to work Saturdays and Sundays.

During full time daily operations, Workampers should be available to work up to 8 hours per day, 6 days per week, and expect to be scheduled up to 40 hours each week.

Adventureland does not require you to commit to any length of time for Workamper employment, but working to the end of our operational season will result in a departure bonuses.

We have a dress code that we ask all of our employees to follow. Adventureland works at developing a clean, well-kept appearance.

Adventureland provides three uniform shirts, two pairs of khaki shorts, an ID badge, and a hat. Employees are responsible for providing the following: Neutral color athletic shoes (black, white, or gray), and a black or brown belt. If you prefer your own khakis, that is fine. Permissible bottoms include pants, capris, shorts, or skirts. Shorts or skirts must have a 5inch in-seam. If you have specific questions about dress code please ask when calling or writing to us.



Wages begin at $14.00 per hour for all workampers 18 years and older.

Stay for FREE in our campground

As long as you're employed as a Workamper at Adventureland, you will receive, as a condition of your employment, a free campsite with water, sewer and electricity included. We have a beautiful campground with the following: Picnic tables, coin operated laundry facilities, comfort stations with showers, outdoor pool, a dog run in the center of the campgrounds and all within easy walking distance to the amusement park.


Adventureland offers a few different bonuses. There are arrival and departure relocation bonuses. Specific guidelines and details regarding the bonuses can be found in the workamper information brochure in the employment section of the Adventureland Resort website.

No Contracts

There are no contracts, no obligations, no penalties, and no fine print. We are that confident that you will love our program. We will be completely honest with you about your job expectations and its benefits.

Other Benefits:

There are several planned activities for employees throughout the season such as ice cream socials, a waterpark day, a movie day, special events at the campground, and much more!

Spare Time Activities:

Des Moines Area:

State Capitol, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Cubs AAA Baseball, Science Center, Iowa State Fair, Living History Farms, Botanical Center, Art Center, Prairie Meadows Horse Race Track and Casino, Two Rivers Art Festival, Farmers Markets, Four Major Malls, Numerous Golf Courses, Theatres.

Easy drive from Des Moines:

Amana Colonies (German Community), Hot Air Balloon Festival (Indianola), Knoxville Raceway (Sprint Car Nationals), Iowa Motor Speedway (Newton), Tulip Festival (Pella), Bridges of Madison County (Winterset), Reiman Gardens (Iowa State University Campus in Ames).