Get a Job at the Local Roller Skating Center

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Skaters make great roller rink, skate park, and sports center employees, although non-skaters apply for these jobs, too. Most rink employees share snack bar, floor guard (crowd supervision) and maintenance duties. This combination of on and off-skate duties usually comes with a bonus of free social skate session access when you are off-duty. As a recreation attendant in a skating facility, you may also be responsible for renting out and maintaining equipment and assisting patrons. Attendants at skating rinks prepare the skating surfaces and sometimes help schedule the use of the rinks.

Attendants in any leisure-time job need outgoing personalities, and they must enjoy meeting, helping and interacting with strangers. Depending on their responsibilities, they also need particular skills and training (for example, they should know how to skate if the job includes floor guarding or supervision duties). Recreation attendants also need to be responsible and self-motivated individuals, since they often are accountable for the safety and well-being of participants without being closely supervised.

Education and Training Requirements

Employees hired by local rinks, sports and recreation centers or skate parks are often high school students or individuals with no education beyond a high school diploma. But, specialized training in a particular field, such as athletics, music, or first aid, can be helpful when you are looking for a job in this recreational industry.

  • Ability to work effectively with and for the public.
  • Ability to supervise and control people in a polite manner.
  • Ability to perform moderate to hard physical labor.
  • CPR & First Aid training may be preferred, but not mandatory.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for opening and closing facilities according to the rink policy.
  • Assist young skaters with skate lacing.
  • Provide minor first aid to cuts and bruises.
  • Clean skating surfaces as required.
  • Clean the changing, spectator or snack bar areas as needed.
  • Schedule skating times for clubs and teams according to the rink policy.
  • Perform other duties as outlined by policy and assigned by your supervisor or facility operator.

Advancement Possibilities

Rink employees and skating attendants hoping to make a career in the industry should get specialized training at the college level and get experience in seasonal or part-time jobs. Advancement opportunities at rinks, sports, and recreation centers or skate parks usually include coaching or instruction, sports program management, skating facility management or owning and operation a skating center.

Getting the Job

High school students interested in careers with skating and sports centers should try to get summer, seasonal, or part-time jobs with local rinks, sports centers, and skate parks, or other facilities offering roller sports programs. It is best to inquire about positions at outdoor parks and facilities before the start of the summer season. Anytime is a good time to get in touch with indoor sports centers, arenas and skating rinks in your area to fill out an employment application. If you are at the top-of-mind when an opening arises, they may consider you instead of advertising for help. These jobs are often filled by word-of-mouth, so let all of your skating friends know you are interested, too.​