Job Opportunities

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Public Works Technician I

Job Summary

If you are self-motivated, enjoy spending time outdoors, and have a passion for serving community we invite you to join the City of Hiawatha Public Works Team.

The City of Hiawatha, Iowa is seeking qualified applicant for the full-time position of Public Works Technician I. Position is responsible for performing a wide variety of skilled and semi-skilled activities related to maintaining and repairing streets, storm sewers, sanitation sewer collection system and signage.

Duties include but are not limited to: clean and repair storm and sanitary sewers including sewer lines, manholes, intakes and related structures. Provide general cleanup and housekeeping of Public Works Facilities. Install, repair and maintain traffic signs and barricades; maintain inventory of signs and supplies; and identify locations of signs and posts. Clean city roadways and right-of-ways by mowing grass along roadways; maintaining, trimming and removing trees and landscaped areas. Perform routine maintenance on city equipment and vehicles including: lubricating, washing, making minor mechanical adjustments and other preventative maintenance. Load and unload heavy objects and materials as needed.

Construct and repair City-owned buildings, fences, and other facilities using manual labor and equipment as needed. Perform snow removal activities by plowing, hauling, and loading snow, hand shoveling, and applying abrasives and chemicals to streets. Repair streets and sidewalk, filling potholes, sealing cracks, and performing necessary clean-up activities. Comply with Hiawatha safety rules and OSHA regulations. Assist other City departments and performs other duties as directed. Must be available to respond in emergencies or unusual situations outside of the normally assigned work periods.

Specific Qualifications

Pre-employment physical and drug test required. Minimum High School diploma or GED Certificate and one year of construction, maintenance, equipment operation or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the just such as those listed above. Must have Class B, Iowa Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brakes and subject to the Iowa Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing program. Salary range $45,658-$61,658. 

Additional Job Description

How to Apply

Application and job description is available at under job opportunities. Applications and resumes must be received at the Clerk’s Office at 101 Emmons Street Hiawatha, Iowa 52233 tenatively by June 10, 2022 by 4:00 P.M. or until filled. EOE.

No additional documents provided.

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Full-Time Firefighter-Paramedic (Fire-Medic)

Job Summary

The Mission: The Mission of the Hiawatha Fire Department is to enhance our community by providing services and programs to protect lives, property, and the environment. Our goal is to make Hiawatha a safe place to live, work, and play.

The Department:  In addition to responding to fires, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergencies, HFD provides interfacility and 911 advanced life support transport EMS 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. 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 2019, HFD responded to 1,374 calls.  HFD is staffed with a full time Chief and 2 Deputy Chief’s, 4 full time Fire-Medics, 1 full time Paramedic, 5 part-time Fire-Medics, and more than 40 volunteer members. 

Starting Range of Pay:  $52,400 to $73,400 depending on qualifications.

The Job: HFD plans to hire a fourth full-time Fire-Medic as soon as possible. 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 experience in both fire and EMS. Three years of EMS experience as a Paramedic (Iowa or NREMT) with current certification in ACLS, BCLS and PALS, and an unrestricted Iowa Chauffer’s (Class D) license are required. Firefighter 1 certification along with Haz Mat Operations is required. It is essential the candidate can read, write and speak the English language. The candidate will undergo a pre-employment background, physical, and drug screen.

The Hours: Full-time Fire-Medics can expect 10, 12, or 24-hour shifts, including holidays and weekends as scheduled. However, they may be assigned to other shifts as needed to support the mission of the fire department. Usual schedule is 24 hours on followed by 48 hours off.

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.

Application are due to the City of Hiawatha City Hall, City Clerks Office,101 Emmons Street,Hiawatha,IA.52233 by Friday, April 1, 2022 at 4:00 P.M.

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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Part-Time Fire Medic

Job Summary

Protects life and property by performing emergency medical service, fire fighting, hazardous materials, fire prevention, education, and training duties. Operates and maintains fire and EMS equipment, apparatus, and facilities. Part Time 16 - 30 hours a week. Hours are not guaranteed and may vary as needed. The incumbent may be required to work days, weekends, early mornings, evenings or overnights as needed.

Specific Qualifications

Three years experience in ambulance and emergency medical operations with transport experience. Applicant will be required to operate as a Firefighter and a Paramedic during calls. Certification as Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter 1, and related training. Possession of valid Iowa driver's license. Emphasis on this position is the delivery of Advanced Life Support EMS, however, applicant must have the ability to function as a firefighter, including performing interior operations wearing an PPE and SCBA, and the driving and operating of various fire apparatus. Candidates are required to complete pre-employment, post offer physical, drug screen, and background check.

How to Apply

Complete a Hiawatha Employment Application online and upload resume.

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 and resumes should be returned to the City Hall address attention City Clerk.

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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.