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City of West Des Moines Utility Locator in West Des Moines, Iowa

Utility Locator

  • Type: Full Time

  • Salary/Pay Rate: $21.74 - $28.27/hour (Starting wage based upon experience)

  • Posted Date: 05/25/2023

  • Deadline to Apply: 06/08/2023

    Job Details Description

DepartmentPublic Services

Benefits Click here to review a Summary of Employee Benefits

Civil Service Status

This is a Civil Service position

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00 pm

Overtime and Weekend Work as Required

Tentative Start Date July 2023

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Principal Traffic Engineer, locates and marks City owned utilities within the Right of Way and at City facilities, uses a variety of techniques to measure utilities, maintains accurate records and documentation, and meets and coordinates with contractors, builders, engineers, etc. regarding projects.

Deadline to Apply June 8, 2023 @ 11:59pm

Requirements Requires a high school diploma or equivalent and six (6) months of utility locating or related work experience; proficiency with PC’s and computer software and applications; possession of a valid Iowa driver’s license; ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions; ability to read and interpret maps and blueprints.

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply:

  1. Profile : You MUST complete an online Applicant Profile. A link is provided below to our Online Application System.

  2. Attachments : You are encouraged to attach a copy of your resume to your profile under the Apply For Job section.

  3. Certifications : List current certifications under the Resume & Qualifications section.

  4. Applying for Position : Once you have completed your profile, you MUST apply for the position (The link to Finish & Apply is located on the Apply For Job section after you have completed your profile. Once you have applied, it will be listed under your My Applications tab. Any applications marked as Status: Incomplete, have not been submitted.)

All steps MUST be completed before the posted deadline to be considered for this position. We will not accept incomplete profiles. Communication throughout this process (including invitations to any examinations and/or interviews) will be made via the email supplied through the City's on-line application system. It is recommended to check your email "Junk" or “Spam” folder for emails from the City of West Des Moines. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616.

Civil Service Exam A Civil Service Examination will be administered for this position. All applicants submitting all required application materials and meeting the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in the written exam. The Top 25 applicants receiving a score of 70% or higher on the written exam will be invited to take part in the remainder of the Civil Service Examination, which will include an oral board interview.

The written exam is tentatively scheduled for June 22, 2023 and June 23, 2023. Oral board interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of July 10, 2023.All dates are tentative and subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Physical/Drug Test

Post offer, pre-employment physical and drug test are required.

Apply Here!City of West Des Moines Online Application System

Instructions & FAQ's

You will need to complete an online profile and apply for this position online. There are Instruction Sheets under the Employment section of our City website as well as a number of topics in ourFAQ section. If after reviewing these help guides you still need additional help, please visit or contact Human Resources 515-222-3616 .

If you are currently employed with the City, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616 for instructions on how to log in.

Contact Information


Human Resources, 1st floor, Suite 1E

4200 Mills Civic Parkway

PO Box 65320

West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320

515-222-3616 (phone)

515-273-0601 (fax)