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Department of Environment and Natural Resources

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
2018 SUMMER SEASONALS

Req # Job Title Location
20-7120 Watershed Protection Seasonal
(2 positions available)
Pierre or Vermillion
     
20-7032 Seasonal Observation
Well Technician
(4 positions available)
Central South Dakota (Pierre),
Western South Dakota (Rapid City or Spearfish),
Northeastern South Dakota (Watertown),
Eastern South Dakota (Brookings or Vermillion)
20-7003 Drilling Assistant/Roughneck
(3 positions available)
Vermillion

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
2018 SUMMER SEASONALS

Position Title:  Watershed Protection Seasonal (2 positions available)
Department:
  Environment and Natural Resources, Watershed Protection Program
Locations:  in Pierre or Vermillion
Supervisor:  Jim Feeney
Position Number:  20-7120
Application Deadline:  Open until filled.
Salary:  $10.49 per hour

Position Description: (Short statement about the overall purpose of the positions)
These positions will assist Watershed Protection Program staff with assessing the water quality of South Dakota lakes and streams. For 2018 this includes supporting the National Rivers and Streams Assessment which is a survey designed to determine the biological health of South Dakota rivers and streams. Approximately 23 river and stream segments will be targeted for fisheries (using a backpack electroshocker or seines), benthic macroinvertebrate, habitat, and water quality data collection using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. Additionally, these positions will be tasked with aiding data collection efforts on approximately 35 lakes randomly selected from across the state and completing flow measurements on river monitoring stations. The hands on experience received during these summer sampling efforts will provide valuable field experience for future work in the environmental sciences field.

  • The duration of employment is envisioned to be from Monday, May 14th, through Friday, August 24, 2018 although these dates are flexible.
  • Candidates must be able to occasionally lift up to 75 pounds and work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions that are experienced in the summer months in South Dakota.  Applicants should be knowledgeable in general science, biology, chemistry concepts, and boating safety rules.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are pursuing a degree in the environmental sciences, biological sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle provided by state.  Overnight stays will commonly be 1 – 2 nights per week and per diem includes hotel and meals.  The work week will consist of 40 hours days in excess of 8 hours will be adjusted at the end of the week frequently resulting in 3 day weekends.

To Apply: Use a “State of South Dakota Seasonal Application” form.  Applications will need to have the Requisition Number and location listed above. All jobs are listed under one seasonal Requisition Number. Applications are available from any South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Employment Services Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable. 
-A resume is not required but may accompany the completed application form.

Please email questions to:  alan.wittmuss@usd.edu

Send completed applications to:
Alan Wittmuss
Dep’t of Environment and Natural Resources
Akeley-Lawrence Science Center
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Or email completed applications toalan.wittmuss@usd.edu

 

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SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
2018 SUMMER SEASONALS

Position Title:  Seasonal Observation Well Technician (4 positions available)
Department:  Environment and Natural Resources, Water Rights
Locations:  Central South Dakota (Pierre), Western South Dakota (Rapid City or Spearfish), Northeastern South Dakota (Watertown), and Eastern South Dakota (Brookings or Vermillion)
Supervisor:  Whitney Kilts and Adam Mathiowetz
Position Number:  20-7032
Application Deadline:  Open until filled.
Salary:  $10.49 per hour

Position Description:  These are seasonal positions.  The position involves independent field work with extensive travel.  Overnight travel is required. 

Job duties may include:
  • Measuring water levels in state owned observation wells
  • Downloading data loggers
  • Data management and entry
  • Assist in quality assurance/quality control for observation well network

Qualifications:  Must be at least 18 years old. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.  Applicants should be knowledgeable in the use of Microsoft product software and tablet based applications. Preference will be given to students having completed at least one year post-secondary education. Students studying environmental/natural resources, science, or engineering majors are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Use a “State of South Dakota Seasonal Application” form.  Applications will need to have the Requisition Number and location listed above. All jobs are listed under one seasonal Requisition Number. Applications are available from any South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Employment Services Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable. 
-A resume is not required but may accompany the completed application form.

Send completed applications to:
Whitney Kilts or Adam Mathiowetz, Natural Resources Engineers
Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Water Rights Program
Joe Foss Building
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-3182
Phone: 605.773.3352

Or email completed applications to
Adam.Mathiowetz@state.sd.us or Whitney.Kilts@state.sd.us

 

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SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
2018 SUMMER SEASONALS

Position number: 20-7003
Position Title: Drilling Assistant/Roughneck (3 positions available)
Department:  Environment and Natural Resources
Location:  Vermillion
Salary:  $10.49 per hour
Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Position Description:
The seasonal employee will assist Geological Survey Program personnel with tasks related to the drilling of test holes and installation of monitoring wells (perform the functions of a roughneck). The duration of employment is envisioned to be from Monday, May 7, through Friday, August 10, 2018.

The Geological Survey Program operates two drilling rigs; an Enid Drill Systems M-51 forward mud rotary rig and a Mobile B-61 rig having the capabilities of forward mud rotary drilling, hollow-stem auger drilling, and wire-line coring. The seasonal employee will have the opportunity to work on both of these drilling rigs.

The seasonal employee will learn the general mechanical working of the two drilling rigs as well as the advantages and limitations of certain drilling methods. Experience will be gained in seeing and interpreting drill cuttings or core recovered from test holes in glacial and bedrock sediments. The seasonal employee will witness the down-hole geophysical logging of test holes and will see how the logs are used to interpret subsurface geology. The seasonal employee will assist in the installation of monitoring wells and will gain hands-on experience that will be valuable for future work in the geologic or environmental sciences.

Most of the seasonal employee’s time will be spent in the field working on a drilling rig. Transportation during work activities will be in state vehicles. The work will commonly require 1 to 3 nights away from the office each week. Overnight stays while working in the field will be arranged for and paid for by the Geological Survey Program. The work week will commonly consist of working 40 hours in 4 days, allowing for a 3-day weekend.

Reimbursement of expenses for meals will be provided based on Bureau of Human Resources rules when the seasonal employee is away from the office and is working in the field (see table below).

Meal

Reimbursement
rate

When leaving
before

When returning
after

Breakfast

$6

5:31 am

7:59 pm

Lunch

$11

11:31 am

12:59 pm

Dinner

$15

5:31 pm

7:59 pm

A typical work week involves leaving the office at 7:00 am on Monday and returning to the office on Thursday afternoon. In such a scenario, the seasonal employee would be reimbursed $107 for meals in that week.

Qualifications:

  • The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to drive a car or light truck, and be willing to travel.
  • The applicant must be capable of occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds and perform manual labor outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

To Apply: Use a “State of South Dakota Seasonal Application” form.  Applications will need to have the Requisition Number and location listed above. All jobs are listed under one seasonal Requisition Number. Applications are available from any South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Employment Services Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable. 

Send completed applications to:
Derric L. Iles
Geological Survey Program – DENR
Akeley-Lawrence Science Center
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Or email completed applications toDerric Iles