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City of Ames Mosquito Program Worker in 50010, Iowa

Mosquito Program Worker

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Mosquito Program Worker


$14.00 - $14.85 Hourly


50010, IA

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Parks and Recreation - Temporary & Part-time positions

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/15/2024 5:00 PM Central



Bargaining Unit


Residency Requirement?


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Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 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.

General Information

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for Mosquito Program Workers to complete tasks related to the Mosquito Control Program.

This is a temporary position working from June 2024 through September 2024, flexible days and hours with an average between 10-40 hours per week.

Directly accountable to Parks Maintenance Supervisor and Maintenance Specialist and adjunctly accountable to Parks and Facilities Superintendent, and the Parks and Recreation Director.

Open until filled.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Mosquito Control Applicator:

This position will be responsible for larviciding and fogging to complete the objectives of the mosquito control plan and other duties assigned.

The primary work location is 700 East 13th Street, but work will take place throughout the City’s Parks and other City facilities as needed.

Work hours are flexible; larviciding is completed as needed at any mutually agreeable time, fogging is completed as needed on weeknights from 7:30 PM – 11 PM.

Iowa Pesticide License Category 7D is required for this position, those not possessing this license must obtain it before beginning employment.

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.


Minimum Qualifications


•Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have valid driver's license.

•Lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

Iowa Pesticide License Category 7D is required for this position, those not possessing this license must obtain it before beginning employment.


•Pesticide applicators license.

•Chemical application experience.

Knowledge and Skills

•Demonstrate effective decision-making skills, initiative, dependability, organization, enthusiasm, leadership, and a desire to serve the public.

•Be physically capable to perform work required, under various outdoor conditions.

•Ability to take direction from superiors and be able to complete duties with or without supervision.

•Skill in the use and care of tools and other equipment used to complete varying tasks.

Professional Expectations

•Understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values.

•Maintain an exceptional level of safety. (Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided when required to accomplish duties safely).

•Maintain a professional demeanor (calm and courteous) at all times while on site.

Supplemental Information

Physical and Environmental Characteristics

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 10 pounds; 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 those whose work deals with operating a motor vehicle, as well as operating equipment like ultra-low volume sprayers, mosquito sampling equipment, measuring devices where the seeing job is at or within arm's reach.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed outside and includes being exposed to heat, noise, and chemical hazards.

Equipment Essential to the Job: A motor vehicle and skid mounted ultra-low volume spraying equipment, instructions, maps, and schedules; a variety of measurement and diagnostic tools and equipment including cleaning equipment and chemicals, and extension cords; water hoses; a variety of safety equipment and clothing including ear plugs, a first-aid kit, gloves, safety goggles, raincoats, some office and audio-visual equipment including telephones, and calculators.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, interview, and completion of a motor vehicle records check and criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

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.

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: