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Summer employment opportunity

The Iowa DOT is accepting applications for Traffic Recorder Operators for the 2021 statewide traffic survey. Traffic data is a critical component used in roadway planning, engineering, and maintenance decisions. Employment will run until mid-August. The wage is $14.82 per hour, employees are reimbursed for eligible incurred expenses for food and lodging and vehicles are provided. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment, be able to travel statewide with overnight stays in hotels and possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.

  • Traffic Recorder Operator: Travels to defined locations to set the video traffic collectors or portable traffic recorders with rubber pneumatic tubes, draw recorder location site maps, and download the traffic data after the predetermined count time. This requires working in all areas within the road right-of-way, near traffic, and in all weather conditions. Vehicles are provided during the work week. A significant portion of the work will be in the northeastern quadrant of Iowa. Statewide, overnight travel from Sunday afternoons through Friday mornings is required.


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