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 Subject : City of Ames - Maintenance Worker-Public Works Utility Maintenance.. 12/02/2022 03:26:30 PM 
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Employer Name: City of Ames
Position/Title: Maintenance Worker-Public Works Utility Maintenance
Job Location: 515 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Recruitment Closing Date: 12/21/2022 05:00 PM

$22.98 - $28.80 Hourly
$47,798.40 - $59,904.00 Annually

The City of Ames is seeking applicants for the position of Maintenance Worker with the Utility Maintenance division in the Public Works Department. This position performs manual labor including heavy maintenance and construction work involving semi-skilled tasks and performs related work as required. Watch this short video to learn more!

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the currentvacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit: PSLF Program


Utility Maintenance Job Functions: Repairs and maintains over 250 miles of water distribution system which includes flushing, raising, repairs and replaces fire hydrants, water mains, and valve locating, exercising and replacements Repairs and maintains over 212 miles of waste water collection system which include manhole inspections, repairs and confined space entry as well as televising and jetting of sewers. Performs utility locates accurately using metal detectors, line locators, computers, written maps and service cards. ** Special Requirements: Required to serve on Water/Sewer emergency on-call rotation, and plow snow.**

General Maintenance Worker Job Functions: Drives and operates trucks, tractors, and other motorized equipment with various attachments performs installation, maintenance, and repair work on various sizes of pipes and conduits; repairs or replaces utility access covers and/or rings; fabricates special equipment for maintenance or construction projects; operates and climbs ladders used in maintenance and construction activities; trims, plants, or removes trees; may act as a lead worker for a crew of workers; sets and resets posts; calculates or estimates amounts of materials needed for projects; reads and interprets various types of meters and measuring devices; makes mechanical and non-mechanical repairs to equipment; performs construction work using a variety of materials; performs a variety of grounds, facilities, and other general maintenance activities; loads and unloads a variety of materials manually or using lifting equipment; performs snow removal using a variety of equipment; collects and disposes of refuse; performs all duties in a manner consistent with proper safety policies and procedures; reads and interprets blueprints, technical manuals, construction drawings and MSDS sheets; maintains records related to equipment and materials usage and other job activities.

Other Duties: Digs and backfills trenches; fabricates and installs signs; maintains equipment and materials inventories. May routinely operate street sweeper.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP isto deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Education and Experience:
High School diploma, G.E.D. or HiSet, two years of experience in laboring work including the use of tools and equipment common to general construction, maintenance, and repair work; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Licenses and Certificates: Must possess a valid Driver's License. Must obtain a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License and any required endorsements within 6 months of appointment to position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the types and uses of common hand tools, materials, and equipment used in general construction, maintenance, and repair work; knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized construction and maintenance equipment.

Skill in the use of tools, machinery, motorized vehicles, and other items common to general construction, maintenance, and repair work; skill in the use of measurement and diagnostic equipment common to general construction, maintenance, and repair work.

Ability to lead a small crew of workers; ability to perform manual tasks involving physical strength and endurance under variable weather conditions; ability to understand and carry out specific verbal or written instructions; ability operate motorized vehicles and other motorized equipment; ability to calculate or estimate the amounts of materials needed; ability to effectively communicate with others; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens or public service organizations, supervisors, co-workers, other city employees, and vendors. Ability to present positive attitude to residents, co-workers and contractors.

Required Physical Activities:
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking,hearing, repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work: The work involves sitting 0 to 5 percent of the time; sitting and using arm/leg controls 10 to 40 percent of the time; standing (but not walking) 0 to 35 percent of the time; standing and walking 10 to 35 percent of the time; frequently lifting objects under 10pounds; routinely lifting objects from 10 to 25 pounds; routinely lifting objects from 25 to 50 pounds; and routinely lifting objects over 50 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals with machines such as lathes, drill presses, power saws or mills where the seeing job is at or within arm's reach.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, chemical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, oils, may be required to wear a respirator, may work in confined spaces, darkness or poor lighting conditions, trenches, and/or isolation.

Equipment Essential to the Job: A variety of motor vehicles and heavy equipment including pick-up trucks, dump trucks, aerial boom trucks, end loaders and backhoes; a variety of printed materials including memos, blueprints, instructions, maps, and schedules; a variety of measurement and diagnostic tools and equipment including tape measures, scales, levels, and squares; a variety of general purpose maintenance equipment including brooms, shovels, cleaning equipment and chemicals, and extension cords; various welding equipment; hydraulic, air, and water hoses; power and hand tools including grinders, drills, saws, air compressors, pumps, screwdrivers, and wrenches; a variety of safety equipment and clothing including dust filters, earplugs, a first-aid kit, gloves, safety goggles, raincoats, and gas monitors; personal computers and peripheral equipment; some office and audio-visual equipment including telephones, Radios, calculators, DVD players, televisions, iPad and inspection equipment.

Residency Requirements under Blue Collar (IUOE):
The required residence area is the area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west, County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderlines, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area. The permitted residency area is that area inside the borderlines. The area adjacent to but outside the borderlines is not included. After completing his/her probationary period, a new employee shall, within three (3) months, reside within the residency area. The department head may allow an employee up to an additional three(3) months if the employee provides documentation of financial commitment to move within the residence area.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, including supplemental questionnaire, phone interview and an Oral Board interview including manager meeting and staff meet and greet. Candidates must successfully complete each component to be invited to participate in subsequent components of the selection process. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, the City may forego phone interviews.**

Selection will also include the completion of a successful reference check, criminal and sex offender registry check, CDL background check, physical and drug screen. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse:
The City of Ames participates in the United States Department of Transportation Federal motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which provides information on drug and alcohol-related violations for commercial drivers license (CDL) drivers.
Candidates selected for employment for positions with a requirement to possess a CDL will be subject to a query within the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse as part of the pre-employment background check process. For additional information please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199.

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA)and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

Veteran's Preference Points
The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of yourDD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.


515 Clark Ave Ames, IA 50010

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An Equal Opportunity Employer


Maintenance Worker - Public Works Utility Maintenance Supplemental Questionnaire
  1. *Please indicate the number of years experience you have in laboring including the use of tools and equipment common to general construction, maintenance and repair work [Options: Over Two years of experience/Two years of experience/1 year of experience/6 months or less of experience]
  2. *Please describe your experience related to your answer in the question above.
  3. *What special Skills and/or interests do you posses that would be relevant to the position?
  4. *What does "Customer Service" mean to you? Provide an example of a time you provided excellent customer service.
  5. *What workplace values are important to you and why are they important to you?
  6. *Do you currently posses a Class A Commercial Driver's license? [Yes or No]
* Required Question

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