Job Opportunities

The City of Hiawatha no longer accepts unsolicited applications.

It is the City's policy not to accept unsolicited applications and/or resumes. The City will only accept applications and/or resumes when there is a job opening available, advertised and/or posted at City Hall and on the City Website.

Police Officer

Job Summary

Please be aware that this job advertisement pertains to a forthcoming role presently in the preliminary planning phase. The precise commencement date for the position may vary.

The City of Hiawatha is seeking dedicated individuals to join our esteemed law enforcement team as future full-time Police Officers. If you are committed to upholding the law, ensuring public safety, and serving the community with integrity, we invite you to apply for this rewarding position.

Specific Qualifications

To be considered for the Police Officer position, you must meet the following criteria, in addition to the City of Hiawatha standards:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Hold a valid driver's license.
  • Complete the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy within 1 year of hire or begin the academy within 1 year of hire.
  • Maintain a valid peace officer permit to carry a weapon issued by the State of Iowa.
  • Successfully pass all testing requirements, including written, physical, MMPI, polygraph, and background investigations.

 Salary and Benefits:

  • Starting salary: $59,737 for non-certified applicants.
  • Lateral pay for certified applicants: $77,417 with 3 years of service, based on the date of graduation from a law enforcement academy.
  • Generous benefits package offered by the City of Hiawatha.

How to Apply

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please follow these steps:

  • Visit our website at and navigate to the "Job Opportunities" section to access the application form and job description.
  • Complete the application and attach your resume, ensuring your email address is included for communication.
  • Submit your application and resume to the Clerk's Office at 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233.

 Join our dedicated team of law enforcement professionals and contribute to a safer community. Take the first step towards a rewarding career as a Police Officer with the Hiawatha Police Department.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Please note that applications must be received by 8:00 A.M. on October 26, 2023, to be considered for this position.

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Full Time Fire-Medic

Job Summary

The Department:  Hiawatha Fire Department (HFD) is a progressive growing combination department that is looking for additional staffing due to increase service demand. HFD responds to fires, motor vehicle accidents, 911 and interfacility advanced life support transport to more than 12,000 people in the Hiawatha, Palo, and Shellsburg area. Fire-Medics work with the leadership team, as well as the Medical Director, to provide quality patient care and member safety.  All ambulances are equipped with state-of-the-art ALS equipment including Zoll X-Series monitors, LUCAS devices and Styrker autoload system. The firefighting resources include 3 pumpers and a 75-foot aerial ladder. HFD recently placed in service MSA G1 SCBAs. HFD has a close relationship with our mutual aid partners, including automatic mutual aid agreements, to provide quality service and care in a wide range of situations. In 2021, HFD responded to 2275 calls.  HFD is staffed with a full-time Chief and two Deputy Chief’s, seven full-time Fire-Medics or  Paramedics, five part-time Fire-Medics, and more than 40 volunteer members. The City is currently in the final stages of developing plans for a second fire station, current station remodel and training facility. 

Starting Range of Pay:  $53,900.00 to $70,000.00 annual depending on qualifications.

The Job: The duties include supporting the mission of the fire department in firefighting, emergency medical service, community risk reduction, training and other activities. Fire-Medics are not limited to EMS, they are frontline firefighters, providing the initial response to fires, particularly during day time hours. During the evening hours, they support the activities of the volunteer duty crews by assisting with training and mentoring members.

The Candidate: The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of EMS experience, current certification as a Paramedic (Iowa or NREMT) with current certifications in ACLS, BCLS, and PALS. An unrestricted Iowa Driver's license is required. Fire-Medics will be certified as a Firefighter 1 or be able to obtain within six months of hire. 

The candidate will undergo a pre-employment background, physical and drug screen.

The Hours: A full-time Fire-Medics normal work shifts are 24 hours on, followed by 48 hours off. The average work week will be 52 hours for a full-time Fire-Medic with occasional overtime. Hours are not guarenteed and may vary as needed.

A full benefit package including holidays, personal days, vacation and health insurance is available to full-time employees.

How to Apply

Submit a Hiawatha Employment Application online.                                                   

Paper applications are also available at the City of Hiawatha City Hall (101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA 52233) or can be requested at 319-393-1515. A current job description is available on request.

Accepting applications until position is filled, send applications to the City of Hiawatha City Hall, City Clerks Office,101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA 52233.

Candidates who have previously submitted applications with the City of Hiawatha or Hiawatha Fire Department MUST RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION DURING THE CURRENT APPLICATION PERIOD.  

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Fire and EMS Volunteer

Job Summary

Are you looking for a way to serve the community in a meaningful, fulfilling manner? The Hiawatha Fire Department is in search of people who want to make a difference in the community!  Volunteer Firefighters help their neighbors by responding to fire, medical and other service calls. Initial fire training is provided free of charge, with ongoing training twice a month.  Firefighters are assigned to crews that are on duty together. Those crews assist in taking care of the fire station and equipment. They help in other ways too- by participating in fire prevention activities and doing standby at community events. 

Volunteering with the fire department is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and serve the community in a meaningful, fulfilling way.  

Specific Qualifications

Candidates are required to complete pre-employment, post offer physical, drug screen, and background check. Full list of duties and qualifications can be found on job description.

How to Apply

Complete a Hiawatha Employment Application online.

Applications are also available at the City of Hiawatha City Hall, 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA. 52233, or by calling 319-393-1515. All paper copy applications should be returned to the City Hall address attention City Clerk.

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The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer.

The City of Hiawatha values diversity among staff and regards equal employment opportunity and affirmative action as tools to achieve diversity. The City of Hiawatha believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the experience at the City of Hiawatha.