Jerry Derr, Commission Assistant/HR Director

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 212, Sturgis, SD 57785
605.720.1625 | Fax: 605.720.1633 |
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Jordan Neeb, Administrative Assistant
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday


The Human Resources Office provides:

  • Direct support to the County Commission

  • Personnel support services to employees

  • Support services to departments and offices

  • Resource to community on career opportunities

The office supports the County Commission with employee classification and establishing staffing levels, pay scale, and allocation of positions with recommendations to the Board.


Full-time positions include a generous benefits program with:

  • SD Retirement System

  • Health / Dental and Life Insurance

  • Flex Spending Account(s)

  • Vacation / Sick / Holiday Leave

Meade County is an EOE/AA EMPLOYER

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

Meade County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, political beliefs, or disability.  Meade County buildings are accessible to disabled persons.

Application Procedures

If applying, please submit a Meade County employment application and resume to the Director of Human Resources. The Meade County employment application can be found on the "Forms & Documents" button located below, or you may submit your application via mail at the address listed in the job posting. You may choose to submit an online employment application also found by clicking the button below. 

Current JOB Openings

Please complete a Meade County Employment Application

The Meade County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Meade County Planning Board. 

  • Two (2) Positions Available 

  • Appointment effective January 2019

  • 1 year term to fill 2 vacancies

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 1:00 pm

The Meade County Planning Board is a seven-member advisory Board whose members are appointed by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.  

This Board makes recommendations to the Meade County Commission regarding planning functions and procedures. The Board is tasked with ensuring county planning ordinances are implemented consistently and offers oversight to the growth, planning, and development activities within the County. 

Individuals who want to be considered for an appointment are asked to fill out a Citizen Interest Application form and submit same to the Meade County Board of Commissioners, 1300 Sherman Street, STE 212, Sturgis, SD 57785. Citizen Interest Application available at: via Human Resources Office. 

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Please contact the HR office @ 605.720.1625 with any questions. 




Employment Opportunity:             Job # 17-2

Posting Type:                                 Open Announcement

Closing Date:                                 No Closing Date

Starting Wage:                               $15.00 per Hour/ Short-Term Employee

Application Procedures:                Online or submit a Meade County application and Resume to:

Human Resources/ 1300 Sherman Street Suite 212, Sturgis, SD 57785

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervisor of the Fire Mitigation Coordinator, is responsible for the marking, thinning, and removal of trees from private land owner’s property who are participating in the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program.  

This is a jobs training employment effort for Veteran qualified individuals based on federal funding.

Hours of Work

This position is classified as a Short-Term Employee position.  These employees are hired for a specific short-term project, or on a short-term freelance, per diem or temporary basis.  Short-Term Employees are not eligible for county benefits or statutory benefits.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identification of trees to be thinned for Firewise mitigation efforts.

  2. Fall trees with hand-held power chain saws or mobile felling machines.

  3. Prune low-hanging limbs to reduce ladder fuels.

  4. Removal of trees and brush.

  5. Perform duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies.

  6. Data collection with GPS as assigned.

  7. Maintenance of accurate records.

  8. Perform other such duties and functions as deemed necessary.

  9. Continued training and skill development to include fire mitigation and tree falling which may include working with local volunteer fire departments.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Education:

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certification.

  2. Possess valid driver’s license.

  3. A Veteran as defined under SDCL 33-16-27 and 33-17-1.

  4. Ability to work independently.

  5. Physical strength and stamina sufficient to perform maintenance, and work extended hours if necessary.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The employee spends their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather, and sometimes in isolated areas.

  2. This position is physically demanding and can be hazardous.

  3. The employee must be able to lift, climb, and perform strenuous activities including heavy lifting up to 100+ pounds.

  4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.

  2. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.

  3. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to extreme.

Examination, Testing, and Certification:

The Examination, Testing and Certification described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Valid Drivers License.

  2. Successful competition in written and/or oral interviews.

  3. Other such examination as deemed appropriate and necessary by the County.