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We currently have job postings for USDA NRCS South Dakota, Fermilab, City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, HDR, the City of Watertown, South Dakota; Pennington County, South Dakota; City of Rapid City, South Dakota; and City of Pierre, South Dakota. Please click on the logos below or pan down to access the job postings.


USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Civil Engineers (2)

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To Apply:  Search for NRCS Huron, SD

Close Date:    June 19, 2020 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers to address natural resource concerns. The NRCS employs a large number of engineers who have specialized skills in erosion control, water management, structural design, construction, hydraulics, soil mechanics, and environmental protection.  As an NRCS engineer, you will help solve a host of natural resource challenges and may help communities recover from natural disasters. This announcement is for up to two (2) GS-11/12 Civil Engineering position(s) with the NRCS, located at the State Office in Huron, South Dakota. ($64,009 - $99,741 annually).


The incumbent is responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership in the overall planning, design, installation, and maintenance of the engineering phases of soil and water conservation practices as well as watershed flood protection programs.  Responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinates and oversees the planning, design, and construction of engineering practices, such as water management, animal waste management, erosion control, flood control, and other conservation practices needing engineering guidance.
  • Plans and conducts pre-bid site showing, approves construction schedules, monitors work for compliance with plans and specification, and contract requirements.

  • Directs the quality assurance program and supervises the government technicians and/or inspectors.  Performs other duties related to construction contract compliance including invoice verification, plan estimate, and contract modification.

  • Directs and performs site investigations and feasibility studies, field checks, and field construction checks for conservation practice installations.
  • Recommends changes in design, specifications, and schedule to accommodate conditions at the construction site, availability of materials, or to expedite construction.
  • Coordinates and conducts necessary quality assurance reviews of planned, designed, and constructed engineering projects in the assigned area or state.
  • Provides technical guidance and training to personnel in the area of all engineering practices and in the use and care of engineering equipment.  Enlists the aid of appropriate specialist in conducting training when necessary.
  • Serves as training location leader for newly hired NRCS engineers and technicians.

Basic Qualifications:

  • All applicant(s) must be U.S. Citizens.
  • B.S. in Engineering with the required years of related experience.

Project Manager

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Fermilab Application Process

Open Date:     April 2, 2020   

Close Date:    April 16, 2020 

We Are:

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) seeks a Far Site Conventional Facilities (FSCF) Project Manager in Lead, South Dakota. LBNF is a large multi-faceted project that will construct a new neutrino beam on the Fermilab site, a detector that will measure the properties of the neutrino beam as it exits the Fermilab site, and very large detectors located more than 1000 km away and a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, to measure how the neutrino beam may have changed in flight through the earth. Fermilab has overall management responsibility for the project.

The FSCF Project Manager manages a team responsible for construction of the surface and underground conventional facilities at SURF to support the detectors to be built by an international collaboration. The responsibilities include coordination of design with South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) staff, overseeing the administration of the technical terms of the subcontracts, securing management, design, and construction staffing resources as required, identifying and managing FSCF risks, coordinating requirements of cryogenic infrastructure and detector equipment, and identifying critical issues to ensure their timely resolution. 

Engineering Technician

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Hiring Range DOQ: $23.74 - $25.79 hourly

Deadline for Filing: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Position

Perform a variety of paraprofessional office and field engineering work, including inspection, drafting, minor to moderately complex design work, engineering records, asset management, and surveying. Active contact with the public, contractors, and other customers. Positions are available in both sanitary sewer and permitting/inspection.

Qualification Standards

Graduation from high school or GED certification and completion of a two- (2-) year course in engineering technology; or any such combination of education, experience, and training as may be acceptable to the hiring authority. Must possess or be able to obtain prior to hire a valid driver’s license.

Transportation Project Manager (#157065)

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For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. From our offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, we provide engineering, environmental, ROW, and construction services for projects of all sizes. We specialize in transportation and water/wastewater infrastructure solutions. Consistently ranked among Engineering News-Record’s Top 10 Water Design firms, we approach project work from an integrated perspective. 

HDR is currently in need of a Transportation Project Manager to work as a member of our rapidly growing transportation group in Sioux Falls, SD.

Primary Responsibilities:

In the role of Transportation Project Manager, we'll count on you to:

  • Plan and manage all aspects of small to medium single-discipline projects or large, routine projects
  • Independently coordinate work of professional staff and balance team throughout entire project's development
  • Establish client relations, and be involved with marketing, contractual, design and production meetings
  • Participate in reviews with various governing agencies for compliance
  • Conduct work sessions for design development and contract document in conjunction with other staff
  • Coordinate workload through entire project development, and ensure completion of documents on schedule
  • Track financial aspects of projects, and coordinate and adjust work effort with team to ensure that work is completed within parameters of agreed-to schedule
  • Work with Business/Accounting Manager or Project Controller and Department Manager for project reviews and with company management as needed
  • Perform other duties as needed





Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering related field
  • PE
  • 5+ years of project management experience within the transportation sector
  • Competence in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Project
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Local candidates are preferred. 
  • PMP

Assistant Civil Engineer (PE)

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Statement of Duties: 

This position provides professional engineering, technical, and administrative functions to the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. Responsibilities include designing projects; preparing plans, specifications, and bid documents for contracts; providing information and education regarding projects; administering contracts and ensuring compliance with contract requirements; performing supervisory functions and employee evaluations; assisting in the administration of the city’s stormwater and floodplain management regulations and conducting engineering studies.

Position Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares plans, specifications, bid and related contract documents for city construction projects, including supervising the Engineer I and Engineering Technicians’ plan preparation.
  • Oversees the administration of contracts for Public Works Department projects; monitors progress of project, and ensures compliance with contract requirements; supervises project inspector’s activities. 
  • Plans, prepares, and executes engineering studies.
  • Plans, prioritizes, and assigns work to Engineer I, Engineering Technicians, and seasonal employee(s).
  • Supervises employees, evaluates performance, and responds to personnel inquiries and/or conflicts that may arise. 
  • Reviews designs and studies prepared for the city by consulting engineers working for the city. 
  • Assists in the development, administration, and enforcement of the city’s stormwater management and flood control programs. 
  • Reviews development plans for proposed annexation, zoning, land use, development, subdivision, and platting. 
  • Participates in City Council, Public Works Committee, Safety Committee, Airport Board, BOA, and Plan Commission meetings as necessary; provides explanation and education regarding department activities and responds to inquiries. 
  • Responds to inquiries and provides information and assistance to the public, the department, other city departments, governmental agencies and officials, and various groups and organizations regarding department projects or other technical/engineering matters. 
  • Assists with budgetary processes, cost estimates and analyses, loans, grants, permits, and other departmental documentations, drafting and review of resolutions and ordinances for City Council consideration. 
  • Reviews ordinances, engineering designing standards, and policies to keep them current with the goals of the city. 
  • Calculates pro-rata shares and assessments due from property owners on projects involving diverse financing methods. 
  • Participates in departmental goal setting, strategic planning, and collaboration with the director and the other divisional managers of the Public Works Department.

The City of Rapid City Public Works Department is a multi-faceted department tasked with

providing development engineering, street maintenance and repair, water treatment and reclamation, solid waste management, public transit systems, and GIS mapping services. It is the mission of Public Works to use our resources effectively to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community by providing safe and reliable drinking water, wastewater treatment, drainage, solid waste management, public transit, transportation systems, and GIS services.

Please visit the Public Works website for more information.

This is your opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Considered the "Gateway to the Black Hills", Rapid City boasts a thriving community of 70,000+ with close proximity to world-class recreation and convenient lifestyle amenities with downtown shopping and restaurants. The City of Rapid City offers fantastic benefits including employer-paid health insurance premiums, 6% employer-matching retirement, and generous vacation and sick leave time off.

The City of Rapid City Public Works Department currently has the following opening:

Engineering Project Engineer

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The position's primary function is to support the Water, Water Reclamation and Solid Waste Divisions in meeting their daily and overall operational goals. The Engineering Project Engineer performs Civil Engineering analysis, design, contract administration and management of City infrastructure projects and programs. This Engineering Project Engineer role will be responsible for assigned project management in the Water, Water Reclamation, and Solid Waste Divisions within the Public Works Department. This position will report directly to the Assistant Public Works Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the Water, Water Reclamation and Solid Waste Divisions in meeting their daily and overall operational goals.
  • Manages design or construction of infrastructure projects and
  • programs.
  • Manages consultants and contractors.
  • Develops projects for the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Coordinates with other Public Works Divisions, City Departments, and other agencies.
  • Interprets intent of ordinances, statutes and laws of the City of Rapid City and State of South Dakota and monitors compliance of same.
  • Participates in the consultant selection process and supervises their designs and construction plan preparation.
  • Provides technical information to other City departments and the general public.
  • Assumes applicable duties of Operations Management Engineer for specific facility management projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Water, Water Reclamation and Solid Waste Divisions in meeting their daily and overall operational goals.

  • Manages design or construction of infrastructure projects and programs.

  • Manages consultants and contractors.

  • Develops projects for the Capital Improvement Plan.

  • Coordinates with other Public Works Divisions, City Departments, and other agencies.

  • Interprets intent of ordinances, statutes and laws of the City of Rapid City and State of South Dakota and monitors compliance of same.

  • Participates in the consultant selection process and supervises their designs and construction plan preparation.

  • Provides technical information to other city departments and the general public.

  • Assumes applicable duties of  Operations Management Engineer for specific facility management projects.

About You:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty successfully. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Project management experience in the Water, Water Reclamation, and Solid Waste industries is desired but not mandatory.
  • The ability to project manage cross-functional teams.
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to multi-task and focus in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent project management, time management and organizational skills.

Staff Engineer

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The Staff Engineer will assist the  City Engineer in providing technical services related to City of Pierre infrastructure projects. This position also assists Building Officials in plan review and issuing Building Permits.  Duties include project feasibility analysis, municipal infrastructure project design & review and construction project administration.


  • Skill in Civil Engineering design, project management, and computer applications (MS Office, CAD design and drafting, GIS/ArcView).  
  • Professional Engineer licensure within 2 years of employment preferred.  
  • B.S in Civil Engineering or a related field with a minimum 2 years of related experience.  
  • Excellent communications skills and a clear ability to work with diverse individuals and organizations is essential.

Salary: $71,365 minimum

To Apply:  City of Pierre, PO Box 1253, Pierre SD  57501, (605)773-7429;

Position Open until Filled




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