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Engineer I - II (Assistant Geotechnical Engineer) ($2,500 hiring incentive)(Job Id 14351)

Job ID: 14351
Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Planning and Engineering / Office of Materials and Surfacing
Salary: $25.37 - $29.53 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: E1 - E2
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information on the Department of Transportation, please visit
This position is the Assistant Geotechnical Engineer within the Department of Transportation's Geotechnical Engineering Activity. The purpose of this position is to provide geotechnical design information and construction support for transportation projects throughout the state. Duties will include assisting the Foundation, Geology, and Soils sections with the collection of subsurface information, laboratory analysis, and design recommendations for structural foundations, soil embankments, subgrades, slope stability, and geologic studies.
Work is normally in an office environment with eight hour work days. 
Travel is required for site inspections and construction support. Statewide overnight travel with drill crews will be required for the first several months to obtain a working knowledge of subsurface exploration methods and techniques.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Only applicants with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Geological Engineering or a related engineering field will be considered.
Knowledge of:
  • geotechnical engineering principles (soil mechanics, groundwater, etc.);
  • South Dakota geology;
  • geotechnical subsurface investigation techniques;
  • computers and computer systems.
Skill to:
  • communicate effectively;
  • manage multiple projects concurrently;
Ability to:
  • effectively plan, prioritize, and organize work to meet schedules and deadlines;
  • prepare, interpret, and use engineering plans, maps, specifications, and technical reports;
  • provide work direction when leading a crew;
  • interpret and apply state and federal laws and rules and department standards;
  • work outdoors in all weather conditions.
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 offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
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South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"