Public Services Assistant - Grade 9

Mandan, ND

The City of Mandan, North Dakota is currently accepting applications for the position of: 

Public Services Assistant - Grade 9

Position Details

Hiring Range:  $16.55 to 20.69/hour  (Full Range: $16.55 to $24.83/hour)

Status: Non-Exempt/Part-time (20-29 hours/week)

Department:  Library

Closing Date: April 14, 2021 at 5pm

*Applications without a resume will be disqualified. 


  • Works circulation desk according to pre-set schedule, which includes mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends
  • Performs routine library procedures including checking library materials in/out, issuing new library cards, collecting fines, reader’s advisory, etc.
  • Greets and assists patrons in locating library materials
  • Responds in a timely manner to reference questions from patrons over the phone and via email using resources in various formats
  • Assists patrons with using library computers, including internet navigation, Microsoft Office products, and the library’s digital resources
  • Assist with collection development and weeding
  • Assists with processing new materials by labeling and covering items
  • Assists with library programs for all ages
  • Assists with mending damaged library materials
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience: High school diploma or GED; library experience preferred.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System
  • Knowledge or ability to learn applicable laws, regulations, rules, and library policies, and procedures
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the library’s ILS
  • General knowledge of technology as it affects library operations
  • Ability to accurately shelve books, periodicals, and other library materials
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to use a computer
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to use sound judgement when dealing with the public
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions from staff and public
  • Ability to stay on task and finish work in a timely manner
  • Maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
  • Interact and respond appropriately to patrons
  • Contribute to a safe workplace environment


  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds and exert 50 pounds of force
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend
  • Ability to reach, stoop, squat, crouch and push
  • Ability to climb, balance, kneel, crawl, pull and sit
  • Ability to push and pull library book trucks weighing 100-300lbs
  • Ability to carry up to 15lbs of books across the library
  • Ability to use close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception


Work is primarily performed in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet and typically will not require shouting to be heard above the ambient noise level. Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling. Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered. Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Work, such as emptying the outside book drop, or loading and unloading personal vehicles or the bookmobile, may be performed throughout the year and is subject to conditions such as high or low temperatures, rain/snow, or slick walking surfaces. Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation. Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.

  • Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD-214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preferences must also include Form DD-214 and a letter less than one year old from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD-214, a marriage certificate, and a letter less than one year old from Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indication disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.
  • Applicants who may need additional job information or may require accommodation or assistance with the application or interview process should contact Human Resources at 701-667-3217.
  • Applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks. 
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The City of Mandan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.