Balloon Handler & Parade Escort

Job ID:515536
Park & Resort Operations
Orlando, FL

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Whether you’re bringing the world’s premier movie and TV scenes to life at Universal Studios, living the excitement of legendary heroes at Islands of Adventure, or exploring the thrills and relaxation in the lush tropical paradise of Volcano Bay; we want to do it with YOU.

JOB SUMMARY: The Balloon Handler & Parade Escort serves as parade assistant for the Holiday Parade handling hot air balloons, crowd control, lock-down, parade escort and clean-up.


  • Handling large air balloons before and during the Holiday Parade.
  • Walking alongside Parade floats and communicating with Float driver to ensure the safety of Guests and Team Members during the parade.
  • Assisting in cleaning the parade route after the parade.
  • Assisting with lock-down and crowd control before and during the parade.
  • Weighing a minimum of 125 lbs
  • Being able to walk the entire parade route (approximately 2 miles)
  • Understands and actively participates in Environmental, Health & Safety responsibilities by following established UO policy, procedures, training and team member involvement activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Positions in Event Operations require:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift, push or move between 25 and 100 pounds
  • Working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Maintaining a clean work environment with use of cleaning chemicals
  • Walking for prolonged periods (including ability to walk at a given pace that is predetermined by a moving sidewalk)
  • Talking
  • Hearing audible alarms, voice commands with background noise
  • Use of hands and fingers to grip, pinch, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Balance
  • Reach, pull, push with hands and arms above or below head
  • Repeating motions more than twice per minute
  • Close vision with or without corrective lens. (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance Vision with or without corrective lens. (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Peripheral Vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth Perception (vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to Adjust Focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus while in changing light conditions e.g., sunshine to indoor or dark conditions)
  • Ability to work in varied light conditions including low or diminished lighting
  • Ability to work in an environment with flashing lights including strobe lamps
  • Ability to maintain alertness and attentiveness up to 4 hours while working varying hours.
  • Ability to maintain concentration/focus (e.g., ability to interpret the work environment and make decisions on predetermined operating policies and procedure)
  • Ability to smell
  • Ability to work in wet, humid conditions (non-weather)
  • Ability to work in outdoor weather conditions to include direct sunlight, heat or cold
  • Ability to work in extreme cold (non-weather)
  • Ability to work in extreme heat (non-weather)
  • Noise Level-Loud Noise (Noise when raised conversation is needed)
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Ability to work in an environment with flashing lights including strobe lamps
  • Climb Stairs / Ladders
  • Ability to work in an environment subject to vibrations
  • Repetition-using an input device-a keyboard or mouse-in a steady manner
  • Ability to work in small or tight spaces
  • Will be required to work in confined spaces i.e. Manholes or work pits.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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