See You In 2019

Opening Day

September 7

Rader Family Farms Wants You!!

Are you?

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Upbeat
  • Motivated
  • 16 years or older
  • Comfortable dealing with the public
  • Ready to have a great time this fall??

If so...we need you and we're ready to put you to work!

We are looking for:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Stay-at-home moms and dads
  • Retirees
  • Anyone who desires to contribute to our Fall season

Each fall we look for enthusiastic employees who desire to work in a safe and fun-filled environment!! 

Our primary pre-season hiring takes place each August and is done initially through group interviews. We have mandatory training that begins at the end of August with a goal to provide a safe and fun filled day for our guests!    We welcome young people (at least 16) and more seasoned individuals with good work ethic and experience in dealing with the public.  

We desire a team member who will come to work and put a smile on their face! All of our employees are expected to be friendly, generous in their attitude toward our guests and self motivated.  So roll up your sleeves and come ready to work! 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to 1) tell us which session you'll be attending, 2) complete the employment application below, and 3) complete the group interview questionnaire.


FAQ’s About Working at Rader Family Farms

Q: Where is the farm located? 

A: 1312 Ropp Road, Normal 


Q: When is the farm open for the season? 

A:  The Farm is Open to the Public September 7 – October 30.

  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Two Flashlight Mazes: 6 pm - 9 pm, Saturday, September 28 and Saturday, October 19th
  • Last Lazy Daze Flashlight Maze - 6pm- 10pm, Sunday, October 27th


Q: What shifts are available? 

A:  Generally, during the week the actual shifts are from 9 am until 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6 pm.  Weekend shifts are from 10 am to 2 pm and 2 pm until 6 pm.  You are expected to arrive prior to your shift to set-up, prepare for the day, and/or communicate with the employee you are replacing.  If you work the 2nd shift, you are expected to stay to clean-up and prepare for the next day.


Q: What positions are available? 

A: Activity Attendants, Field Trip Guides, Admissions/Greeters, Hayride/Cart Drivers, Produce (Pumpkins/Gourds), Retail/General Cashiers, Food Prep and Servers, Baristas, Runners (Delivering Supplies), Grounds Maintenance, and Corn Maze Attendants.  


Q: What are the weekly hour requirements? 

A:  Employees are expected to work a minimum of 10 hrs/week (which includes at least one weekend shift per week) ANDOne Flashlight Maze shift OROne Columbus Day shift (shifts are about 4 hrs each).


Q: What is the work attire? 

A:  The farm will provide T-shirts to wear to work (you wash them) and you can wear clean jeans, knee-length shorts, or capris, and closed toe shoes. Food service workers have additional requirements.


Q: Are there things that are not allowed while I am at work? 

A:  There is no smoking on the farm and no cellphones allowed during work hours. Cell phones are to be kept in the employee’s lockers or in the car and can be used during breaks only. The farm’s business phone can be used to reach employees for an emergency.


Q: What are the expectations of the employees? 

A:  We expect a positive attitude while working, that you can function as an independent worker, that you work well with others, enjoy people, and you can motivate yourself (staying productive). We expect employees to have availability during the short fall season and that you are dependable, responsible, and punctual. ​ It is expected you arrive ready to work, prepared to complete your job/s at your highest possible ability with a smile on your face! As our guests anticipate a fun-filled day at Rader Family Farms, we have high expectations for each employee in every position each day.


Q: What are group interviews? 

A:  Group Interviews will begin in August and are a fun way for us to meet and observe many new potential employees at once! We will do some group activities together and you may be asked a few questions about yourself. We will be looking for people who are excited to work at Rader Family Farms, who mix well with others, and who can work with the public.

Q:  Will I receive training?

A:  We will provide on-the-job training beginning in late August as well as hands-on training with the public in early September.   A mandatory employee orientation will be held on August 20, 2019.