Department of Agriculture Seasonal Jobs

The Department of Agriculture is currently accepting the following seasonal applications.
Job ID Title Location
401354 Seasonal Firefighter - Engine Crew/Hand Crew Rapid City, Lead District, Custer State Park, Hot Springs, Black Hat, Bear Mountain

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Seasonal Firefighter - Engine Crew/Hand Crew

Requisition #:
Department of Agriculture- Wildland Fire Division
Firefighter - $12.07 per hour (SO5); Engine Boss - $13.45 per hour (S05)

Closing Date: April 15, 2020

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The duties of this position will be assisting Fire Management Staff in wildland fire management activities.  Suppressing wildland fires in the Black Hills area, pre-suppression activities (equipment maintenance, fuel reduction projects, fire prevention), participating in fire training and prescribed burning projects and facilities maintenance for the 2020 fire season.


Ability to perform strenuous physical labor, maintain equipment, operate 4x4 vehicles with automatic or manual transmissions. Use chainsaws to clear brush and fell trees. Must be physically able to lift 75 pounds and able to pass the current arduous physical fitness standard (Pack Test) for wildland firefighters. Night and weekend work required as well as being available for occasional out-of-state fire assignments for up to 21 days.

Applicants must be age 18 by date of hire. A valid driver’s license is required. Housing is the responsibility of the employee, unless otherwise noted. Transportation to and from work and associated costs is the responsibility of the employee. Positions require employees to work holidays, weekends, and irregular or rotating shifts. These positions are considered Public Safety Sensitive Positions and are subject to a pre-hire drug screening before hire. Some positions require specific licenses or certification as listed below.

The normal summer season is mid-May through Labor Day. Some employees may work earlier or later. Seasonal employees are paid only for hours worked.

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. 

All applications must be sent to:


South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture
Division of Wildland Fire
Attn: Jay Wickham
3305 West South Street
Rapid City, SD 57702

or Email Jay Wickham (


South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture
Division of Wildland Fire
Attn: Jim Burk
3305 West South Street
Rapid City, SD 57702
Or email to:  Jim Burk


Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, however the process for reviewing applications and filling positions will begin March 13th. Applicants submitting applications after March 13th will be considered for open positions until all positions are filled.

Be specific in completing the application form. List any relevant licenses or certificates (e.g., driver’s license, CDL, CPR, EMT certification, etc.) as well as any equipment or office equipment you are able to operate. An additional pay of $.60/hr is available for EMT or CDL certification for firefighter positions. Please include both the beginning and ending dates you are available for employment.  It is essential that your mailing address be complete including Apartment Number, Box Number, Lot Number; as well as Street, Lane, Avenue, etc., if applicable. Supervisors will contact those applicants they wish to interview. Not all applicants will receive an interview, but all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
Applicants requiring application materials in an alternate format or assistance with the application process may contact the Bureau of Human Resources at 605.773.3148 (VOICE/TTY).
An Equal Opportunity Employer