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City of Ames Public Works Engineering Intern in 50010, Iowa

Public Works Engineering Intern

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Public Works Engineering Intern


$16.88 - $20.20 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Public Works

Job Number



4/10/2023 12:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames Public Works Department is now accepting applications for an Engineering Intern. This temporary position works full-time between May 15, 2023 through August 4, 2023. Normal working hours are Monday through Friday between 7:00am-3:30pm. Some events will require weekend or evening work hours.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for practical experience in the Civil and Construction Engineering field. The successful candidate will gain experience in public infrastructure projects such as water system improvements, sanitary sewer system, storm water/drainage, and transportation.

Must be willing to work long hours and Saturdays as needed. Work shirts and work boots provided. Assistants working over 40 hours in a week will receive overtime pay.

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.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Potential projects include ADA facility improvements, right-of-way permit review/closeout, data collection and analysis, multi-modal transportation improvements, shared use path pavement condition analysis, surveying, street pavement improvements, utility improvements (water system, sanitary sewer, storm water), project paperwork/documentation, public infrastructure/easement research, and response to citizen inquiries.

Other activities may include preparation of computer-aided drafting documents (MicroStation), preparation of maps using GIS/ArcMap, organizing and maintaining project records, preparing "as-built" drawings, measuring and calculating quantities, assisting with public relations activities and other sub-professional-level engineering tasks.

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


Education and Experience: Must be a current student in civil or construction engineering or a related degree. Must possess some knowledge of basic civil/construction principles preferably as they relate to public works infrastructure, including the ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications. Must be at least 18 years old.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver's license required.


-Experience or field of study in civil or construction engineering.

-Sophomore or junior level in program of study.

-Survey experience

-Previous construction observation internship or co-op experience (preferably City of Ames, Iowa DOT, or other local municipality)

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

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of basic civil/construction principles preferably as they relate to public works infrastructure, including the ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.

Ability to be detail oriented; Ability to learn and use the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the construction of public works projects; Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and complete work accurately on a timely basis; Ability to communicate technical engineering information effectively, verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Skill in data collection; skill in using Microsoft office suite.

Supplemental Information

Physical and Environmental Characteristics:

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, reaching, walking, finger dexterity, grasping, talking, hearing, lifting, and repetitive motions.

General Physical Characteristics: The work involves sitting and using a computer 50 percent of the time; standing (but not walking) 25 percent of the time; standing and walking 25 percent of the time; routinely lifting objects under 10 pounds; and infrequently lifting objects over 10 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, isolation, and low level radiation.

Equipment Used on the Job: A variety of general office equipment, two-way radio, computer hardware, software, and related equipment, automobile or pickup truck, a variety of printed materials, specialized tools and equipment for surveying, drafting and design, hard hat, safety goggles, and safety vest, microfilm reader/printer, ladder, filing cabinets.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, phone interviews, on-site interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check and motor vehicle record check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status. The City may forego phone interviews dependent on the number of qualified applicants.

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:

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

Veteran's Preference Points

The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of your DD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to 515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.

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.