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Summer employment opportunities


Applications are now being accepted for approximately 50 summer jobs completing the statewide traffic survey. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment and possess a valid driver's license in the United States. Employment will be from May 22 until mid-August with several positions starting early April. Statewide, overnight travel is required for most positions. These positions all pay $13.53 per hour and employees are reimbursed for eligible incurred expenses for lodging and food. The 50 positions are responsible for several different types of duties.

Manual counters, recorder operators, automatic traffic recorder calibrators, communication shop workers, railroad crossing inventory, and Cartography and Traffic Team intern


  • Manual counters: These employees study 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. Several continuous 24 hour special studies are conducted throughout the summer where three people count traffic during an eight hour shift. 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. Two manual counter positions will be in the office as non-travel positions counting traffic collected on Miovision traffic collection video systems.
    Apply for a manual counter position.

  • Recorder operators: These employees are expected to travel to defined locations to set the portable traffic recorders and 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.
    Apply for a recorder operator position.

  • Continuous Traffic Count Station Calibrator: With this position, employees are expected to travel 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. Statewide, overnight travel required Monday through Friday. Employees are reimbursed for eligible incurred expenses for lodging and meals.
    Apply for an automatic traffic recorder calibrator position..

  • Communication shop workers: These employees assist 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. Employees are reimbursed for eligible incurred expenses for lodging and meals.
    Apply for a communication shop position.

  • Railroad crossing inventory: Applicants are expected to travel 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 is required. Employees are reimbursed for eligible incurred expenses for lodging and meals.
    Apply for a railroad crossing inventory position

  • Cartography and Traffic Team intern: This employee will assist in the maintenance and development of cartographic products and database information. The team maintains various data sets and utilizes agency data sets in the development of maps depicting the status, characteristics and other related features of roadways, railroads, trails, pipelines, and hydrography. The maps are generated in a wide variety of output formats from standard paper maps to online data-driven interactive maps. Applicants majoring in Community and Regional Planning with geographic information system experience in ArcGIS, GeoMedia or similar are preferred.
    Apply for a Cartography and Traffic Team intern position

View the complete list of open Iowa DOT positions.

If you need further assistance, email Ronald Bunting at ronald.bunting@iowadot.us or call 515-239-1289.