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Environmental Engineer I, II, or III (24360)

**$2,500 Hiring Incentive**

Current Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Employees do NOT qualify for Hiring Incentive


Job ID: 24360
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Drinking Water Program
Location: Rapid City or Pierre
Salary: $29.30 to $42.55 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: EI, EII, or EIII
Closing Date: 09/25/2023

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

The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is to protect and preserve the state’s agriculture, environment, and natural resources with the vision of a prosperous economy, diverse agricultural opportunities, clean air, clean water, and healthy families.

DANR’s Drinking Water Program is looking for a talented engineer to join our team. You must have a demonstrated ability as a technically minded problem-solver, with strong numerical and scientific capability. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who have a team player attitude and a strong desire to learn.

Our team is responsible for helping grow South Dakota by working with regulated public water systems to promote economic development in an environmentally responsible manner. Entering public service provides you opportunity to become a steward of public policy and contribute to improvements that are vital to quality of life. You will join a team of engineers and scientists who work together to protect and improve South Dakota’s drinking water by controlling pollution and protecting human health and the environment.

This work involves:

  • conducting engineering reviews of plans and specifications for water system improvements. The review will ensure the proposed improvements to treat and/or distribute drinking water will meet appropriate design criteria ensuring the drinking water quality standards set forth in the federal Safe Drinking Water Act are met;
  • conducting sanitary surveys/on-site inspections at regulated public water systems;
  • working with water systems, developers, and local government officials as the statewide Capacity Development Coordinator. Work will include new system planning , capacity assessments, and asset management;
  • work with systems on compliance and enforcement related activities;
  • work on water system security to include both physical and cybersecurity and;
  • providing technical assistance and excellent customer service for drinking water related issues.

Your daily work will be meaningful and you will contribute to something bigger than yourself.

Benefits of Working for DANR:
We offer a $2,500 hiring and retention incentive; the first half of the incentive will be paid to you by your second paycheck. The remainder of the incentive is paid after you have worked with us for 15 months. Incentive not available to existing DANR employees.

The state of South Dakota offers a generous health benefits package, which includes health, vision, and dental insurance in addition to one of the top retirement systems in the nation.

The state of South Dakota understands the importance of having a work/life balance and this position includes paid vacation, sick leave, and family leave. You will work a 40-hour work week, which leaves you plenty of time to enjoy all that central South Dakota has to offer.

We offer extensive training opportunities related to this position to build your skills and knowledge. DANR cares about its employees and their career development. We offer the opportunity for career advancement in both technical and managerial tracks. You will work with and under the direction of licensed Professional Engineers and we offer incentives to obtain your Professional Engineering license. In addition to this, DANR offers development opportunities for employees through the year. This is not just a job; it is an opportunity to start your career. 

Licenses and Certifications:
Our department values professional licensure. We will give preference to candidates that have successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering exam or have the ability to obtain the license. You will be working under a licensed engineer that will We will provide the training and experience that allows you to pursue your Professional Engineering license.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Our ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. We are looking for someone who wants to serve the citizens of South Dakota by protecting and improving our drinking water and growing our economy. Only applicants that possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental, civil, geological, or related engineering field will be considered. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
You will use your knowledge, skills, and abilities to help South Dakota grow and to protect our beautiful natural resources. We are looking for candidates that have:

  • knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental and civil engineering;
  • knowledge of the treatment and distribution of drinking water;
  • knowledge of investigative procedures;
  • skill to make appropriate decisions by applying established engineering guidelines;
  • ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; 
  • ability to work effectively with a team of engineers and scientists to protect South Dakota’s drinking water.

You will be expected to routinely communicate and coordinate with other engineers and scientists, other agencies, and the public; therefore, good communication skills are essential.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume

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 This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"