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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Seasonal Parks Maintenance Positions

Job Summary

The City of Hiawatha is accepting applications for the 2021 summer Seasonal Parks Maintenance positions. Staff will report to the Park Maintenance Lead and/or Director and assist with the care of parks, playgrounds and city owned properties. The City is looking for self motivated individuals with the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships to accomplish job responsibilities.  

Daily responsibilities include maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of park grounds and facility structures. Tasks include, but are not limited to, mowing, trimming, care for plants and trees, routine facility clean-up (after park and community center rentals), and assist other departments as directed. Operates a variety of equipment including pick-up trucks, trailers, mowers, trimmers, power tools, etc. Must be able to work in typical Iowa weather conditions; heat, humidity, cold, rain and sun.

Specific Qualifications

Non-standard work week, weekends and holidays may be required. Any combination of education and experience providing the required skills is beneficial. Successful completion of pre-employment physical and a valid driver’s license is required prior to employment. Must be 18 to apply. Rate of pay starts at $11.00.

How to Apply

Employment application and job description can be found at www.hiawatha-iowa.com under job opportunities or by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 101 Emmons Street Hiawatha, Iowa 52233. EOE. Positions open until filled.

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Seasonal Adventure Camp Employees

Job Summary

The Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Department is looking for Counselors for the 2021 Summer Hiawatha Kids Adventure Camp Program. Camp Counselors are responsible for the overall supervision of campers (5-12 years old) with the aim of providing a healthy, safe and enjoyable camp environment and experience. Looking for Counselors with strong leadership and is creative in planning and implementing programs and activities for campers. Program begins June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. Staff training will be held prior to the Adventure Camp Program beginning. Must be 16 years of age. Employment application and job description can be found at www.hiawatha-iowa.com under job opportunities or in the City Clerk’s office. Hourly rate: $9-$10.80. EOE.

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.

Adventure Camp Director

Adventure Camp Leader

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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, 3 full time Fire-Medics, 5 part-time Fire-Medics, and more than 40 volunteer members.

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 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.

Specific Qualifications

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.

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.

This position is open until filled. 

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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Parks/Facility Maintenance Employee

Job Summary

The Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a motivated Parks/Facility Maintenance Employee. The Full-Time Park Maintenance/City Facilities Employee is responsible for performing a wide variety of activities related to the City Parks, Community Center, Right-of-Ways, and properties. Duties include: parks and community center day to day operations, inspecting and maintaining playground equipment; cleaning, maintaining and repairing restrooms, pavilions, and splash pads; maintaining landscapes on City Properties including grass, weed control, trees/flower beds, snow removal and routine maintenance on equipment and vehicles. Valid Iowa Driver’s License required and Class B, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) must be able to be obtained within the first year. Pesticide license must be completed within the first year of hire through the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Equipment experience is preferred. The Parks/Facility Maintenance Employee is a stand-alone position and must be self-directed. This employee will report to the Parks and Recreation Director.

The salary range in this position is $14.76-$16.11 hr. depending on qualifications.  The average work week will be 40 hours, with occasional weekends and overtime. A full benefit package including holidays, personal days, vacation and health insurance is available to full time employees.

Specific Qualifications

Valid Iowa Driver’s License required and Class B, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) must be able to be obtained within the first year. Pesticide license must be completed within the first year of hire through the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Equipment experience is preferred.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a Hiawatha Employment Application online. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Applications are also available at the City of Hiawatha City Hall, 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, Iowa. 52233, or by calling 319-393-1515. All paper applications should be returned to the City Hall address attention City Clerk. The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer.

Background check, physical and drug screening are required.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

No additional documents provided.

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The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer.