City of Ames Maintenance Worker in Ames, Iowa

Maintenance Worker

Closing Date/Time:

Tue. 11/01/16 5:00 PM Central Time


$19.34 - $24.22 Hourly

$40,227.20 - $50,377.60 Annually

Job Type:



515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA, 50010, Iowa

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General Information


Supplemental Questions

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 current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

The current vacancies are in the Public Works-Street Operations division. The regular work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Performs manual labor including heavy maintenance and construction work involving semi-skilled tasks; performs related work as required.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

Examples of Essential 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.

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, 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 is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Digs and backfills trenches; fabricates and installs signs; maintains equipment and materials inventories.


Education and Experience: Two years of experience in laboring work including the use of tools and equipment common to general construction, maintenance, and repair work.

Licenses and Certificates: Must possess a valid type A or B Commercial Driver's License depending on assignment, must obtain any required endorsements within 3 months of appointment.

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.

Supplemental Information:

Selection Process: The selection process will consist of an evaluation for minimum qualifications. Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written exam, which will be held at 3:00 p.m. on November 7th in the Council Chambers of City Hall (515 Clark Avenue). Due to the anticipated number of candidates, no alternative testing dates or times will be made available, and candidates are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs to attend the exam.

Candidates scoring an average of 70% or greater on the written exam and each of the supplemental questions in this application form will be invited to participate in oral board interviews to determine civil service eligibility. A meet-and-greet and manager meeting will also be held prior to making a hiring decision.

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

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 prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. 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:

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

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.