Employment Opportunities

Seasonal Employees

The City of Ottumwa is hiring temporary seasonal employees in the Public Works, Parks, Cemetery, Beach and Water Pollution Control Departments.  Duties include mowing, trimming, general maintenance work, beach maintenance and street maintenance work; 40 hours per week, weather permitting.  Persons will be hired through Supreme Staffing. Must be at least 18 years of age to run equipment and must possess & maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s license.  Background check & drug screen required.  Hourly rate – $10 per hour 1st year, 2nd year – $11. Application forms are available at City Hall, 105 East Third Street or on City’s website. Open until filled.  EOE.


Bus Drivers – Part Time

The City of Ottumwa is now accepting applications for part time driving positions in the Ottumwa/Wapello Co area. Currently, we have several routes available with varying hours. Must have good driving record, pass pre-employment physical & drug screen and be able to obtain class C CDL w/passenger endorsement. Benefits include IPERS, paid holidays and paid leave time.
Download the Bus Driver application form
For more information, contact Ottumwa Transit at 641-683-0695.

The City of Ottumwa has, from time to time, openings for a variety of positions, from part time seasonal employment, entry level positions and managerial opportunities.

All Civil Service positions
are posted at City Hall.

Download an application form.


It is the policy of the City of Ottumwa to provide equal opportunity to all employees, applicants and program beneficiaries; to provide equal opportunity for advancement of employees; to provide program and employment facilities which are accessible to the handicapped and to administer its programs in a manner that does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, familial status, political affiliation, citizenship or sexual orientation.

The Mayor, or his designee, has ultimate responsibility for the overall administration of the affirmative action/equal opportunity program. The total integration of equal opportunity into all parts of personnel and program management is the Mayor's responsibility. The Mayor, or his designee, will review all policies and procedures as they affect equal opportunity and affirmative action and ensure compliance with relevant federal and state statutes.

The right of appeal and recourse is guaranteed by the City of Ottumwa. Any person who feels that he or she has been denied employment, participation, representation, or services in any program administered by the City of Ottumwa because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or citizenship has the right to file an equal opportunity complaint. Information and assistance relative to equal opportunity complaints shall be provided by the City Attorney/Human Resources Director, who can be contacted at City Hall, 105 E Third Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.

Applicants who are eligible for veteran’s preference must submit proof of applicable military service dates (Section 400.10 Code of Iowa 2013, as amended). ADA accommodation requests must be received at the City Clerk’s Office prior to application deadline. EOE/H