Zamboni Driver

Keep local skating rink ice smooth and polished by driving a Zamboni.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Zamboni Drivers do?

Zamboni Drivers make their living behind the wheel of Zambonis — machines that resurface the ice in ice rinks to make it smooth and clean. If you’ve ever been to the Arctic — or Chicago — you know that ice isn’t always pretty. In fact, beneath the smooth sheen of fresh snow, most winter wonderlands are hazardously jagged, full of bumps, cracks, and bulges that one can easily slip on, trip over, or fall through.

That’s true of both real and man-made ice, which is why Zambonis — and Zamboni Drivers — are so important.

As a Zamboni Driver, you’re employed by park districts, arenas, and hockey and ice skating rinks to operate the Zamboni. The Zamboni works by shaving off the top layer of ice and coating it with hot water that first melts any imperfections in the ice and then freezes to form a new layer of skateable ice on top, resulting in a surface that’s smooth — and therefore safe — for Hockey Players and Ice Skaters.

Although you do it every night, and as needed every day, resurfacing isn’t your only responsibility as a Zamboni Driver. You’re also charged with installing and removing ice, monitoring ice conditions, and maintaining and repairing the Zamboni. In addition, you often do double duty as a Janitor or Facilities Manager, which means you also handle things like snow removal, cleaning, opening and closing of the building, skate sharpening and maintenance, and customer service.

Think of it this way: If a rink’s ice were its face, you’d be a Plastic Surgeon, using the Zamboni to routinely rid it of wrinkles and blemishes!

Should I be a Zamboni Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Zamboni Driver

    Zamboni Drivers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Zamboni Driver-related education!
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