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Engineer

Posted on: January 20, 2023
  • Full Time
  • Pierre, SD
  • February 16, 2023

Website South Dakota Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Job ID: 21628
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources/Division of Agricultural and Environmental Services
Location: Pierre
Salary: $28.40 per hour
Closing Date: 02/16/2023

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/.

Make a Difference:
The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is to protect and preserve South Dakota’s agriculture, environment, and natural resources. The successful applicant will be a member of the Livestock Services Program in DANR. The dedicated staff of professionals in the Livestock Services Program work hard to create and sustain a vision for South Dakota that is prosperous and diverse with clean air, clean water, and healthy families. We are seeking individuals with a strong desire to learn and an interest in building a career.

What You Will Do:
As part of the Livestock Services Program, you will play an important role in the protection of South Dakota’s water quality through the implementation of the state’s permitting of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and implementation of the state’s regulations for individual and small on-site wastewater systems.

Duties may include the following:

 

conducting initial engineering evaluations of plans and specifications for manure management systems and nutrient management plans to ensure they meet permit requirements;
ensuring all application requirements are completed for operations that have submitted an application for permit coverage under the state’s General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations;
conducting construction inspections to ensure manure management systems are constructed in accordance with approved plans and specifications. These inspections are performed outside in all weather conditions and are performed in settings with uneven terrain, construction equipment, and noise;
inspecting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations to ensure that the operations are in compliance with all applicable state and federal regulatory requirements and the state’s general water pollution control permit. Parts of these inspections are performed outside in all weather conditions and are performed in settings with uneven terrain, the presence of manure and wastewater, and noise;
reviewing requests for modifications to plans and specifications for manure management systems and nutrient management plans;
conducting initial engineering evaluations of plans and specifications for works of sanitary significance for wastewater collection and treatment systems to ensure they meet the department’s design criteria;
reading, interpreting, and conducting initial engineering evaluations of plans and specifications for individual and small on-site wastewater systems to ensure they meet design requirements in the Administrative Rules of South Dakota and making recommendations on whether any requested variances should be granted;
conducting complaint inspections to ensure on-site wastewater systems are constructed in accordance with the Administrative Rules of South Dakota and approved plans and specifications, and are not causing pollution of waters of the state. These inspections are performed outside in all weather conditions and are performed in settings with uneven terrain, the presence of wastewater, and septage. Inspections may involve collecting water and wastewater samples following the department’s Quality Assurance Project Plan;
preparing technical reports, including using geographic information systems to prepare maps;
providing technical assistance to livestock producers, consultants, local government, and the general public.
 

The position requires statewide travel approximately 20-25 percent of the time with occasional overnight stays. Travel may be during inclement weather. Normal working hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., five days per week. The position requires frequent contact with the general public and the regulated community. See the end of this notice for information on our easy application process.

Licenses and Certifications:
DANR values professional licensure. Preference will be given to candidates that have successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering exam or have the ability to obtain a license. We can provide training and experience that will allow you to pursue your Professional Engineering license.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Only applicants that possess a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in geological, environmental, civil, or related engineering fields will be considered. Communicating and coordinating with other engineers and scientists, other agencies, and the public is required; therefore, good communication skills are essential.

Knowledge of:

 

the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or Surface Water Discharge program or other related programs and regulations;
the practical application of engineering. This includes knowledge of applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to solve environmental and natural resources engineering problems;
materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of wastewater collection and treatment systems;
the causes of water pollution and the principles, techniques, procedures and equipment of water pollution control;
investigative procedures;
the livestock industry and agricultural practices; 
the principles and processes for providing excellent customer service.
 

Skills to:

 

use mathematics to solve problems;
use scientific rules and methods to solve problems;
work with others to reconcile differences; 
effectively use computers and various software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, and Geographic Information Systems.
 

Ability to:

 

read, interpret, and evaluate engineering plans and specifications for acceptable engineering practices;
organize, analyze, and evaluate available information to draw reasonable conclusions;
use time management skills to work on multiple projects and complete designated tasks within time goals;
communicate information clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing; 
walk, sit, and stand for extended periods of time, and climb, balance, stoop, kneel or crouch.
 

Additional Requirements: Please attach a resume with your application.

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: careers@state.sd.us
http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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