City of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA


Job Overview

Your Opportunity: The City of Dubuque Engineering Department is currently welcoming applications for the position of OSHA construction safety intern. We are seeking a self-starting, motivated student who desires challenging work. The ideal candidate aspires to make a positive impact in their workplace by helping us promote the health, safety, and welfare of city employees by working with us to develop and teach safe construction workplace practices. Our goal is to make Dubuque’s Construction Safety Program one the best programs in the country through use of innovation and application of nationally recognized best practices. .

This is a great opportunity if you are well organized, love working with people, can set priorities and maintain focus on them, are technically adept, and thrive at pushing your skills to the next level. The City fosters an entrepreneurial environment that allows individuals to develop and implement new ideas for the good of our residents and employees.

Why Us: At the City of Dubuque Engineering Department, you will work with dedicated, hard-working, and humble professionals who are willing to take the time to mentor and help you gain valuable real-world experience. Dubuque has an established reputation for its infrastructure projects being on the leading edge of innovation and sustainability. We believe that the work we do has meaning and value to the residents of Dubuque and the environment. If you are motivated by the ability to enable positive change within your community, the City of Dubuque Engineering Department is the place for you!

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Primary Responsibilities: As an OSHA construction safety intern you will assist in the production of an OSHA compliant, written City of Dubuque Construction Safety Program under the direct supervision of the Project Manager; The Construction Safety Program Manual will be used by all city employees and hired contractors. The construction safety program manual will encompass all construction work activities typically encountered on a City building or roadway construction project. The manual will provide workers with practical direction on how to comply with 29 CFR 1926, OSHA’s construction industry regulations. Work involves organizing content and drafting language for the manual; researching applicable industry safety regulations; coordinate reviews of draft manual language with other City departments and safety consultants; and perform other duties as assigned.

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  • College student enrolled in Occupational Safety, Construction Management, or related field.


  • Sophomore or higher-level college student enrolled in Occupational Safety, Construction Management, or related field.
  • Experience working in the occupational safety or construction industry.


  • Organizational Skills– Maintaining numerous sources of information, in multiple data formats, in a prioritized and well-structured manner that can be easily shared with others.
  • Technical Writing – Ability to understand complex concepts, structure them into an easily digestible format, and put ideas and information into written words in a way that can quickly and easily absorbed by readers.
  • Complex Problem Solving– Figuring out the best way to solve a problem.
  • Systems Analysis– Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Systems Evaluation– Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Active Learning– Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Teamwork – Positive, uplifting attitude that helps to cultivate a strong collaborative environment and the ability to place the success of the whole above the needs of oneself.
  • Communication – Ability to effectively communicate information to support organizational objectives, both verbally and in writing, and interact with all levels of city staff and outside stakeholders in a positive and cooperative manner.

Full Time/Part Time: Seasonal, non-exempt

Pay Range: $14.90-$17.30. Salary will be commensurate with experience and capabilities.

Work Schedule: Normal city business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The successful candidate will primarily work a day shift, instituting a flex schedule as consistent with seasonal positions in a professional work environment. Position requires response to contractor situations outside of normal working hours on occasion.

Primary Work Location and Work Environment: City Hall is the home office location. Position duties include working indoors, and outdoors in all types of weather conditions; and regular travel to assigned project locations to investigate field conditions, trouble shoot technical problems, or collaborate with private vendors.

Physical Demands: Frequent demands: Sitting, Standing, Walking, and Fine Dexterity.
Occasional demands: Pushing/Pulling, Kneeling, Crouching, Lifting, Handling, Reaching, Carrying.

City of Dubuque Equity Statement: The City of Dubuque does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, differing ability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual’s status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The City of Dubuque encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans, and all other qualified applicants.

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and complete an online employment application at www.cityofdubuque.org/employment by locating the position in which you have interest, clicking on the job title, then clicking “Apply”. The Human Resources Department may be contacted at