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.

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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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 the fire service with transport EMS experience. 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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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 by caring for our community.

The Department: In addition to responding to fires, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergencies, HFD provides 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 to provide quality service and care in a wide range of situations. In 2018, HFD responded to more than 1,300 calls and is staffed with 5 full-time members including the Chief, 2 Deputy Chief’s, 2 full time Fire-Medics, 5 part-time Fire-Medics, and more than 40 volunteer members.

The Job: HFD plans to hire a 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 duties. The Fire-Medics will participate in developing protocols and providing leadership to both volunteer and paid members. This occurs through mentoring of new EMTs, firefighters, and paramedics. Fire-Medics are not limited to only EMS, they are frontline firefighters, providing the initial response to fires, particularly during day time hours.

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 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.

Specific Qualifications

The 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.

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.

Applications are due to the City of Hiawatha City Hall, City Clerk’s Office (101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA 52233) by Thursday, October 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm.  Candidates who have previously submitted applications with the City of Hiawatha or Hiawatha Fire Department MUST RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION DURING THE  APPLICATION PERIOD.    

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The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer.