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Employment Opportunities

This job isn’t just about making a difference, it’s about being the difference.

The Iowa State University Police Department has a national reputation for excellence and is among the best in Iowa.  We want Iowa State to be the safest campus in the United States, but we can’t do it without a team dedicated to excellence and making a difference; a team who cares about others and their community. We need individuals who want to be part of a family-like atmosphere where you’ll be highly trained, receive excellent benefits, and get the chance to work in several different specialty areas, such as investigations, outreach, engagement and inclusion, even cheer for the Cyclones working events.  No matter what role you serve, if you’re looking for meaningful, rewarding work and the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives, we offer a culture of excellence and support.


  • Retirement
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • and more

We regularly hire for:

 Be the difference. Apply today. 

Current Vacancies

Parking and Transportation Field Service Officer I

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Iowa State University’s Department of Public Safety – Parking is seeking candidates for a Parking & Transportation Field Services Officer I.

This position patrols the ISU campus in a motor vehicle or on foot to ensure compliance with university parking regulations and provide assistance to motorists. This position issues violations when appropriate through operation of electronic ticket writer; performs minor maintenance on pre-pay machines, parking meters, and other parking equipment; and performs traffic direction for special events including home football games. This position will collect money from parking meters. In addition, this person will assist in the student officer training program and will supervise enforcement students who are working.


Information Technology Support II

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The Department of Public Safety is seeking applicants for an Information Technology Support Specialist II. This position will provide IT support for ISU Police, Parking, and Risk Management. Primary duties include endpoint deployment and support, first-level hardware and software incident response and troubleshooting, IT inventory management, user training, authoring knowledge and how-to documents, updating and maintaining police and parking vehicle and handheld computers, and serving as a backup administrator for various police and parking systems. This position will work closely with DPS Staff, ISU Police Officers, vendors, ISU IT Services, and IT personnel at the Ames Police Department and Story County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Safety Dispatcher I

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The Department of Public Safety at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for a Public Safety Dispatcher I. Under general supervision, this position provides communications of a public safety nature for university police and other departments as well as surrounding law enforcement agencies and emergency response agencies utilizing multi-frequency radio, computer systems, telephone, TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf), and personal contact. In addition, this position is responsible for monitoring university emergency phones and multiple alarm systems.

Police Officer II

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Iowa State University is seeking candidates for a Police Officer II. The officer is placed under the direct supervision of a police training officer. During this period, the officer will perform all the duties of a law enforcement officer including patrolling the university campus and outlying areas; enforcing local, state, and federal laws as well as campus rules and regulations; responding to calls for service; initiating police reports, performing follow-up investigations as needed; directing traffic, and other duties as assigned.

Possession of certification from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as a Law Enforcement Officer, or Possession of law enforcement certification in another state and successful completion of all application and examination requirements as outlined in Iowa Administrative Code 501-3.8(80B). The Police Officer II will have a minimum probationary period of 6 months prior to being eligible for internal promotion to a Police Officer III.

Applicants successfully hired who are certified law enforcement officers will be eligible for recruitment incentive payments* in the total amount of $10,000.

*Full details and terms of payment will be provided in payment agreements for those successfully hired.

Non-discrimination Statement

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran. Any persons having inquiries concerning this may contact the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3680 Beardshear Hall, 515-294-7612.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.