Spring Training Connection

Job Contacts, by Venue
Where to look, or reach out to, for job (and volunteer) opportunities at each spring training ballpark:

Cactus League
Camelback Ranch
Goodyear Ballpark
Hohokam Stadium
Maryvale Baseball Park
Peoria Sports Complex
Salt River Fields
Scottsdale Stadium
Sloan Park
Surprise Stadium
Tempe Diablo Stadium

Grapefruit League
Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Champion Stadium
Charlotte Sports Park
Ed Smith Stadium
First Data Field
FL Auto Exchange Stadium
Hammond Stadium
JetBlue Park
Joker Marchant Stadium
LECOM Park
Roger Dean Stadium
Spectrum Field
Steinbrenner Field

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An usher at a spring training game

Working at spring training is a dream for many retirees, a hoped-for entry into a baseball career for some, and just a seasonal part-time gig for others.

Whatever oneís desire, if youíve wondered about opportunities, be it employment, volunteer or internship, during spring training read on.

To start, the most basic question will be answered. Then more details follow.

Do teams/stadiums hire for the spring training season?
Yes, although more jobs are available at some stadiums (and complexes) than others, as some rely heavily on volunteers while others exclusively use hired help.

Types of Jobs Available
Generally, the not glamorous or well-paid hourly kind. Within the stadium, ticket takers, ushers and grounds crew positions need to be filled. Food service (concession stand and cart) workers, bartenders and parking lot attendants are also among the game day needs, while team shop staff and security personnel are needed throughout the duration of spring training.

Depending on the venue, other jobs available can include guest services, scorecard sellers and group event monitors.

Who Does the Hiring Depends on the Job
Positions like ushers, ticket sellers and takers are usually hires done by a team/stadium, although for some of the venues those jobs are filled via local volunteer organizations.

Food/beer service worker hiring is most often done by the stadiumís concessionaire (companies like Aramark).

Meanwhile, the hiring of security guards is likely to be handled by an outside staffing agency, typically a company that specializes in event staff security.

Depending on the position and place youíre interested in, the best thing to do is call that ballpark and find out their process for filling their particular spring training job openings.

Some Stadiums Mainly Use Volunteers
In Arizona, the stadiums in Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe are overwhelmingly volunteer-staffed via the local charitable organization that serves as a spring training booster. Those organizations are the Mesa HoHoKams, Peoria Diamond Club, Scottsdale Charros, Surprise Sundancers, and Tempe Diablos.

In Florida, most of the Pirates' spring training staff are volunteers assigned by the Bradenton Boosters club. But all other Grapefruit League stadiums rely primarily on hired help.

Note that even the seven stadiums that utilize a large staff of volunteers still typically have hired help positions available through their concessions and security departments, as volunteers mainly serve in game day guest services roles such as being an usher, ticket taker, parking lot attendant or program seller.

Internships
For college students, there are opportunities to intern at the various spring training stadiums and complexes. These are often apply early internships, given their demand, so start searching for them online during the end of summer months (August/September). Depending on where, the internship can be a paid or unpaid position. Regardless, the cutoff to be considered for them is usually many months before the beginning of spring training in February, so contact wherever you want to intern directly if you can't find an online posting for a particular complex's available internships.

When to Job Seek
Come the winter be on the lookout for spring training job fair announcements, via all the usual online channels (search engines, social media, newspaper websites). However, these are held on an individual stadium basis, as there isnít a single place where you can job seek for all venues in either the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.

Stadiums that hold job fairs mostly do so in January or early February. Examples to some past job fair announcements for Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (Blue Jays) and Goodyear Ballpark (Indians/Reds) can be seen via the linked stadium names.

Not all stadiums host job fairs. And some positions, like ushers, could be mostly filled by returnees from the previous season, as itís not uncommon for the same folks to do the same job year after year.

For jobs that are available, they will be filled prior to the first spring training game, which is in late February. So job seekers need to be proactive starting around Christmastime. After mid-February it will be too late.

Where to Job Seek
Many teams in Florida host their spring training games in stadiums that are used during the regular season by one of their minor league teams. Those teams are in the Florida State League, and the front office staff at each venue also doubles as the "Florida operations" staff for the big league club.

As a result, the minor league teams in Bradenton, Clearwater, Dunedin, Fort Myers (Twins), Lakeland, Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie and Tampa are the primary spring training job contacts for the teams that train there.

Spring training stadiums in Arizona are not used by minor league teams for their games after spring training is over, so the dedicated staff working at each, or the city personnel assigned to those in other cases, are the most knowledgeable sources concerning job openings.


Job Inquires and Searching, by Stadium
There are 23 spring training complexes and what youíll find for each below is its stadiumís name and associated teams, main contact phone number, concessionaire company and any other particularly helpful info, such as a link to a venue's job opportunities page or to the organization that is known to provide volunteers.

In Arizona (Cactus League)

Camelback Ranch
(Dodgers and White Sox)
623-302-5000
Delaware North Sportservice
Employment Opportunities

Goodyear Ballpark
(Indians and Reds)
623-882-3120
Professional Sports Catering
Job / Volunteer Opportunities

Hohokam Stadium
(A's)
480-644-4451
Spectra
Mesa HoHoKams provide volunteers

Maryvale Baseball Park
(Brewers)
623-245-5500
Delaware North Sportservice
The City of Phoenix operates the ballpark, but game day positions (like ushers) are usually volunteers provided by a local church.

Peoria Sports Complex
(Mariners and Padres)
623-773-8700
Professional Sports Catering
Peoria Diamond Club provides volunteers

Salt River Fields
(Diamondbacks and Rockies)
480-270-5000
Spectra
Employment Opportunities

Scottsdale Stadium
(Giants)
480-312-2586
Delaware North Sportservice
Scottsdale Charros provide volunteers

Sloan Park
(Cubs)
480-668-0500
Spectra
Mesa HoHoKams provide volunteers
Job Listings

Surprise Stadium
(Rangers and Royals)
623-222-2000
Aramark
Surprise Sundancers provide volunteers

Tempe Diablo Stadium
(Angels)
480-350-5265
Legends Hospitality
Tempe Diablos provide volunteers


In Florida (Grapefruit League)

Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
(Astros and Nationals)
561-500-4487
Professional Sports Catering
Job Opportunities

Champion Stadium
(Braves)
407-541-5600
Disney Careers
The Braves' spring training facility is the only one that is privately owned and operated, as it's a part of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts empire. To work there, search for "ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex" jobs on Disney's job site as all cast members, as they call their employees (even stadium ushers), are Disney hires.

Charlotte Sports Park
(Rays)
941-206-4487
Employment
The Charlotte Stone Crabs minor league team handles spring training operations for the Rays.

Ed Smith Stadium
(Orioles)
941-893-6300
Call the Orioles' Sarasota-based office at the stadium about jobs opportunities there.

First Data Field
(Mets)
772-871-2100
Sterling Facility Services
The St. Lucie Mets minor league team is in charge of spring training operations.

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
(Blue Jays)
727-733-9302
Williams Entertainment
The Dunedin Blue Jays usually host a spring training job fair (past example) to fill game day staff positions.

Hammond Stadium
(Twins)
239-768-4210
The Fort Myers Miracle, a Twins minor league team, do the hiring for all positions as they are in charge of spring training operations at the complex and stadium. The Miracle usually host a job fair in January (past example).

JetBlue Park
(Red Sox)
239-226-4783
Aramark
The Red Sox and their concessionaire hire for their particular spring training staffing needs. The team and Aramark have been known to use LinkedIn for job postings. In the past, for a week or so in January the Red Sox have also accepted seasonal employment applications in person at JetBlue Park for event operations staff.

Joker Marchant Stadium
(Tigers)
863-686-8075
Delaware North Sportservice
The concessionaire at the stadium hires for most of its available positions. At their job fair for 2017, Delaware North Sportservice was seeking to fill jobs such as bar backs, cashiers, chefs, dishwashers, retail operations, suite attendants, ushers and warehouse workers.

LECOM Park
(Pirates)
941-747-3031
Bradenton Boosters provide volunteers
Except for jobs filled by volunteers, the Pirates' Florida Operations/Bradenton Marauders staff hires for most open positions, including concessions, which are operated by the team. A local firm (OSA Global) trains and provides the security work force.

Roger Dean Stadium
(Cardinals and Marlins)
561-775-1818
Delaware North Sportservice
To be considered anytime for part-time/seasonal work, Roger Dean Stadium has a generic online Application for Employment that can be filled out and turned in at the stadium office. Additionally, positions that still need to be filled come January are done so in person during the stadium's annual Fan Fest, when a job fair is among the events of what's a public open house. The date of the Fan Fest always coincides with the date on which single game spring training ticket sales begin.

Spectrum Field
(Phillies)
727-712-4300
The Clearwater Threshers, a Phillies minor league team, are in charge of spring training operations and they are thus the contact for seasonal employment opportunities during the Phillies' time in Clearwater.

Steinbrenner Field
(Yankees)
813-875-7753
Legends Hospitality
The Tampa Yankees minor league team is in charge of spring training operations.


Workers at a spring training stadium
A few typical spring training jobs are on display here as members of the grounds crew water the field before a game while red-shirted ushers offer seating assistance and a 50/50 raffle worker stands on the concourse.