Department of Environment and Natural Resources Seasonal Jobs

Requisition # Title Location
20-7032 Seasonal Observation Well Technician
(four positions available)
Pierre, Rapid City, Watertown, and Brookings or Vermillion
20-7003 Drilling Assistant/Roughneck
(three positions available)

Vermillion

20-7120 Watershed Protection Seasonal

Rapid City

   

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Seasonal Observation Well Technician

Location:
  • Central South Dakota (Pierre)
  • Western South Dakota (Rapid City),
  • Northeastern South Dakota (Watertown)
  • Eastern South Dakota (Brookings or Vermillion)
Position Number:
20-7032
Deparment:
Environment and Natural Resources, Water Rights
Supervisor:
Whitney Kilts and Adam Mathiowetz
Salary:
$10.62 per hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled

Description:

These are seasonal positions with the duration of employment typically lasting from early-May to mid-August. The position involves independent field work with extensive travel. Overnight travel is required and transportation during work activities will be in a state vehicle.

Job duties may include:

  • Measuring water levels in state owned observation wells
  • Data recording on a tablet running Android-OS
  • Assist in quality assurance/quality control for observation well network
  • Downloading data from electronic recorders using a Windows based PC

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to drive a car or light truck, and be willing to travel. This includes following all traffic laws including using seat belts at all times and no cell phone or computer use while driving.
  • The applicant must be capable of occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds and perform manual labor outdoors in a variety of weather conditions on uneven terrain (e.g. road ditches)
  • 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 Job Service Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable.

A resume is not required but may accompany the completed application form.

Email Adam Mathiowetz or Whitney Kilts or send application to:

Whitney Kilts or Adam Mathiowetz
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


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Drilling Assistant/Roughneck
(3 positions available)

Location:
Vermillion
Position Number:
20-7003
Deparment:
Environment and Natural Resources
Supervisor:
Tim Cowman
Salary:
$10.70 per hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled

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 6, through Friday, August 9, 2019.

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 Rate When leaving
before
When returning
after
Breakfast $6 5:31AM 7:59AM
Lunch $11 11:31AM 12:59PM
Dinner $15 5:31PM 7:59PM
       
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 Job Service Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable.

Email completed applications to:

Tim Cowman
or

Mail application to:

Geological Survey Program – DENR
Akeley-Lawrence Science Center
Tim Cowman
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390


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Watershed Protection Seasonal

Location:
Rapid City
Position Number:
20-7120
Deparment:
Environment and Natural Resources
Supervisor:
Robert Smith
Salary:
$13.50 per hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled

Description:

This position will provide support to Watershed Protection Program staff in the Rapid City field office with assessing the surface water quality of South Dakota lakes and streams. For 2019, these job duties will include but not be limited to the following:
  • Assist with the installation of gaging equipment on several streams located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • Download and adjust stage data to match staff gage measurements and transfer data files into the stage/discharge database.
  • Collect stream discharge measurements and enter data into EXCEL.
  • Become familiar and follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) protocols to collect accurate and defensible data.
  • Collect water quality samples on these same streams and regional lakes following SOPs.
  • Maintain and calibrate YSI multi-parameter probes and flowmeters and associated software programs.
  • Water quality and landuse data organization for total maximum daily load development.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Additionally, this position will help staff at other locations across the state with the activities outlined above.
  • The duration of employment is envisioned to be from Monday, May 13th, through Friday, August 23, 2019 although these dates are flexible.
  • Candidates must be able to occasionally lift up to 50 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 have experience in the environmental sciences, biological sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Must be able to work autonomously and also work with others in a team setting.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle provided by state. Overnight stays will commonly be 2 – 3 nights per week and per diem includes hotel and meals. The work week will consist of 40 hours and days in excess of 8 hours will be adjusted.
A resume is not required but may accompany the completed application form.

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 Job Service Office(s) or the Bureau of Human Resources. Photocopies are acceptable.

Email completed applications to:

Alan Wittnuss
or

Mail application to:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Attn: Alan Wittmuss
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-3182
Phone: 605.773.3352


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