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We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. We are an equal opportunity employer. Our employment application is available in .pdf format. Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required for viewing.

Employment Opportunities
Police Department
Benefits (Full-Time)
Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The City of Denison is an equal opportunity employer. Bilingual persons are encouraged to apply.

Part Time Library Assistant (Norelius Community Library)

The duties and responsibilities of the Part Time Library Assistant include:  circulation procedures; assist customers with computers, faxes, photocopies, and other technology; reference assistance; completion of clerical tasks of patron forms, meeting minutes, desktop publishing in the form of flyers, brochures, bookmarks, seasonal programming calendars, etc.; materials processing; catalog magazines; create slides for submission to the electronic bulletin board; plan programming when assigned; assist with programs; shelving and straightening shelves; and other duties as assigned by the Library Director.  Position open until filled.

How to apply:
Apply online at or inquire at the library.  

City of Denison Employment Application (Click to download)


Lifeguards (Denison Parks & Rec)

 Starting pay is $8.00 per hour. Applicants must be at least 15 years old and must be a certified Red Cross Lifeguard. Ask us how you could possibly be certified for FREE! Lifeguard Training classes will be starting soon.  How to apply: Applications can be picked up at Denison Aquatic Center or Denison City Hall, or can be downloaded from the or Applications will be accepted until positions are filled and can be emailed to, or mailed or dropped off at: Denison Aquatic Center, 710 North 16th Street, Denison, IA 51442  

City of Denison Employment Application (Click to download)


Other Positions

No other positions are open at this time. When an opening does exist, applications should be returned to Denison City Hall, Attn: City Manager, 111 North Main Street, PO Box 668, Denison, IA 51442. An application can be downloaded below, or can be picked up at City Hall (111 North Main in Denison). Questions may be directed to City Hall at 712-263-3143.  EOE. (Posted 10/13/2020)

City of Denison Employment Application (Click to download)

Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:
Denison City Hall
Attn: City Manager
PO Box 668
111 North Main
Denison, Iowa 51442

Police Department

Police Officers  and  Full-Time Dispatchers

City of Denison is a community of 8,500. Candidates must meet State of Iowa minimum hiring standards for Law Enforcement Officers.  This position requires working all shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays.  Applications are accepted on a continual basis and will be kept on file for one year. EOE.

Use links below, or applications may be obtained from:
      Denison Police Department
      1119 1st Avenue North, P.O. Box 668
      Denison, Iowa 51442

Police Officer Employment Application (Click to download.)
Study Guide for Written POST Test (Click for information.)

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (Opens in new window.)

Police Officer Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school or GED
  • 18 years old on or before date of written examination
  • Citizen of United States at time of application
  • No felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude
  • Free of drug or alcohol addiction
  • Vision: 20/20 if glasses not worn; 20/100 with glasses correctable to 20/20
  • Normal color vision
  • Normal hearing
  • Good moral character (determined by a thorough background investigation, fingerprint search)
  • Valid motor vehicle operator’s license issued by the State of Iowa, or by another state if able to obtain an Iowa Driver’s License within a reasonable time period

Selection Process

The selection process for the Denison Police Department requires successfully completing the six steps below. Failing any step will result in elimination from the process. Applicants are ranked by scores achieved from each step. Those applicants scoring high enough proceed to the next step.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS SCREENING: From information supplied by the applicant on the application forms and obtained from computerized record files (driver license and criminal history), an initial evaluation is made to determine that applicants meets education/experience and moral character standards. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are invited to participate in the testing process.

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT: The physical assessment consists of sit-ups, push-ups, stretch and reach, and a 1.5 mile run. Time and repetitions vary depending on the age and sex of the applicant. The physical assessment takes place the same day as the written test. All applicants passing the physical assessment will be invited to take the written test.

WRITTEN TEST: Each applicant must take and pass the Police Officer Selection Test (POST). The POST is a timed aptitude test divided into four sections. The specific sections are: basic arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar/spelling/punctuation, and writing skills. Applicants cannot score less than 70% on any of the four sections of the test and the overall average must be 70% or greater.

ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW: Each applicant advancing to the Oral Board phase will be interviewed and evaluated separately by the supervisors from the Department and by a citizen’s panel.

PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS: Applicants that are extended a conditional offer of employment are required to complete a physical with a medical doctor and the MMPI (Minnesota Multi-Phase Personality Inventory). The MMPI consists of 567 true/false questions.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Once an applicant has passed the physical and psychological examinations, a background investigation is completed. References, employers, schools, coworkers, and other sources are contacted and interviewed.

Benefits (Full-Time)

 Following are benefits for full-time City of Denison employees.

  • PTO: Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Disability and Accident Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Longevity Pay
  • Ten Holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas)