$2,500 Hiring Incentive
Current Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Employees do NOT qualify for Hiring Incentive
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Job ID: 23231
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources/Water Quality Program
Location: Pierre, SD
Salary: $29.30 - $42.55 per hour; depending on experience
Pay Grade: EI-EIII
Closing Date: 06/23/2023
This is a full-time position with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, please visit https://danr.sd.gov/.
The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is to protect and preserve the state’s agriculture, environment, and natural resources with the vision of a prosperous economy, diverse agricultural opportunities, clean air, clean water, and healthy families.
DANR’s Water Quality Program is looking for a talented engineer to join our team. You must have a demonstrated ability as a technically minded problem-solver, with strong numerical and scientific capability. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who have a team player attitude, a strong desire to learn, and an interest in advancing their career.
Our team is responsible for helping grow South Dakota by working with municipalities and industries to promote economic development in an environmentally responsible manner. Entering public service provides you the opportunity to become a steward of public policy and contribute to improvements that are vital to quality of life. You will join a team of engineers and scientists who work together to protect and improve South Dakota’s water quality by controlling pollution and protecting human health and the environment.
This engineer position will support the Water Quality Program within the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Based on the applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and work experience, this position may be hired as an Engineer I, Engineer II, or an Engineer III at the appropriate salary for the engineering level hired. Information on the engineering career family and engineering positions is available at https://bhr.sd.gov/files/classspec/804001.pdf.
This work involves:
conducting engineering reviews of treatment technologies and best management practices to determine if the technology is adequate to treat and manage wastewater for municipalities and industries;
modeling water quality to ensure South Dakota’s streams are protected from pollutants;
inspecting municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities to ensure sites are properly operated and complying with state and federal requirements;
working with the larger municipalities in South Dakota to improve the surface water quality through their community through education and outreach;
writing surface water discharge permits that ensure the beneficial uses of South Dakota’s waters are met and maintained.
Your daily work will be meaningful and you will contribute to something bigger than yourself.
Benefits of Working for DANR:
We offer a $2,500 hiring and retention incentive; the first half of the incentive will be paid to you by your second paycheck. The remainder of the incentive is paid after you have worked with us for 15 months.
The state of South Dakota offers a generous health benefits package, which includes health, vision, and dental insurance in addition to one of the top retirement systems in the nation.
The state of South Dakota understands the importance of having a work/life balance and this position includes paid vacation, sick leave, and family leave. You will work a 40-hour work week, which leaves you plenty of time to enjoy all that central South Dakota has to offer.
For entry-level engineers, we offer extensive training opportunities to build your skills and knowledge. DANR cares about its employees and their career development. For experienced engineers, we offer the opportunity for career advancement in both technical and managerial tracks. You will work with and under the direction of licensed Professional Engineers and we offer incentives to obtain your Professional Engineering license. In addition to this, DANR offers development opportunities for employees through the year. This is not just a job; it is an opportunity to build your career.
Licenses and Certifications:
Our department values professional licensure. We will give preference to candidates that have successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering exam or have the ability to obtain the license. We will provide the training and experience that allows you to pursue your Professional Engineering license.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Our ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. We are looking for someone who wants to serve the citizens of South Dakota by protecting and improving water quality and growing our economy. Only applicants that possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental, civil, geological, or related engineering field will be considered.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
You will use your knowledge, skills, and abilities to help South Dakota grow and to protect our beautiful natural resources. We are looking for candidates that have:
knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental and civil engineering;
knowledge of the causes and control of pollution;
knowledge of investigative procedures;
skill to make appropriate decisions by applying established engineering guidelines;
ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
ability to work effectively with a team of engineers and scientists to protect South Dakota’s water quality.
You will be expected to routinely communicate and coordinate with other engineers and scientists, other agencies, and the public; therefore, good communication skills are essential.
Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume.
This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.
The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
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You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: [email protected]
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"