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Summer employment opportunities

The Iowa DOT is now accepting applications for approximately 50 summer jobs to complete the 2020 statewide traffic survey. Traffic data is a critical component used in roadway planning, engineering, and maintenance decisions. Employment begins mid-May until mid-August with several positions starting as early as April. The wage is $14.10 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.

  • Manual Traffic Counter: Studies traffic at a different intersection each day, Monday through Thursday. The majority of the studies are conducted in three shifts: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Employees are required to draw a map of the intersection and surrounding area. Other traffic counts conducted throughout the summer are continuous 24 hour special studies where three people count traffic during their eight hour shift. Vehicles are provided during the work week. A significant portion of the work will be in the southwestern quadrant of Iowa. Statewide, overnight travel from Sunday afternoons through Friday mornings is required. Ten manual counter positions will be in the office as mostly non-travel positions counting traffic from Miovision traffic collection video systems.
  • 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 southwestern quadrant of Iowa. Statewide, overnight travel from Sunday afternoons through Friday mornings is required.
  • Communication Shop Assistant: Assists the Iowa DOT’s communications section with installing and maintaining permanent automatic traffic recorder equipment in the right of way and embedded in the pavement at continuous count stations (CCS). These CCSs use electronic equipment to count, classify, gather speed data, and weigh vehicles. Applicant should have basic knowledge of construction tools and methods. Statewide, overnight travel required Monday through Thursday. Residence in Ames or local area is beneficial when weather limits the ability to work and travel.
  • Continuous Traffic Count Station Calibrator: Travels to continuous count station (CCS) locations to verify automatic traffic recorder data collection. The CCSs collect traffic and speed data 24 hours a day and are calibrated regularly to ensure integrity for this data. Vehicles are provided during the work week. Statewide, overnight travel required Monday through Friday.
  • Railroad Crossing Data Collector: Travels to defined railroad crossings to inventory the characteristics of the crossing per Federal Railroad Administration mandates. This requires working in all areas within the road right-of-way, near railroads and traffic, and in all weather conditions. Vehicles are provided during the work week. Statewide, overnight travel required Monday through Friday.


To apply for these positions, visit the page here.