HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE

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
1300 Sherman Street, Suite 212, Sturgis, SD 57785
605.720.1625 | Fax: 605.720.1633

WHAT WE DO 

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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.

Benefits

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

 

Equipment Operator

Employment Opportunity:     Job # 19-6

Posting Type:                             Open Announcement    

Closing Date:                              Open Until Filled

Starting Wage:                            $17.21  per Hour/ Full-Time with Full Benefits 

Application Procedures:          Please submit Application / Resume to:                                                               
Human Resources / 1300 Sherman Street Suite ▫ 212 ▫ Sturgis, SD 57785

HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR 

Service area: STURGIS

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Highway Superintendent and general supervision of the Assistant Highway Superintendent, is responsible for skilled construction, maintenance and repair work on County roads, related facilities and equipment.  Operate any type of equipment over 26,000 lbs

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate and perform minor repairs to a variety of vehicles including but not limited to - trucks, dozers, pay-loaders, scrapers, motor graders, tractors, and trailers all used in the repair of County roads and bridges.

  • Participate with work crews in all aspects of highway maintenance to include asphalt repair, patching, sealing, overlay, crack filling, roller and oiler.

  • Coordinate operation and maintain section gravel roads to include blading and pulling shoulders, and maintaining ditches and roadways by cutting edges and mowing.

  • Repair County roads and bridges to include loading and unloading materials, fencing, crack filling and picking up litter as needed.

  • Remove snow during inclement weather.

  • Assist in loading and hauling of dirt, gravel, snow and other materials.

  • Mow grass in County roadway ditches as needed.

  • Clean and/or assist in draining ditches.

  • Maintain records of work performed.

  • Perform duties in a manner consistent with safe practices.

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment when required.

  • Attend meetings and seminars as assigned.

  • Perform other such duties and functions as deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Education:

  1. High School diploma or G.E.D. certification.

  2. One (1) year of experience in operating trucks, heavy/light equipment and tools associated with construction.

  3. Currently possess or ability to obtain a valid South Dakota Class A Commercial Drivers License with air brake and tanker endorsements.

  4. Broad knowledge of procedures, techniques, and standards applicable to highway and roadway maintenance and construction.

  5. Proficiency in the use of a wide variety of shop tools.

  6. Ability to work unsupervised.

  7. Ability to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.

  8. Ability to work well with others and get along with the general public.

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.

  2. The employee is frequently required to stand.

  3. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk or hear.

  4. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

  5. 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. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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

  3. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places.

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 South Dakota Class A Commercial Drivers License with air brake and tanker endorsements.

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

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

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


April 10, 2019

Highway Superintendent 

Employment Opportunity:  Job # 19-5 

Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

Closing Date:     Open Until Filled

Starting Wage:  $64,292 -$83,865 per year DOEQ / Full-Time with Full Benefits

Application Procedures: Submit a Meade County application (https://www.meadecounty.org/employment-application to: Human Resources  / 1300 Sherman Street  STE 212  / Sturgis, SD 57785

Position Objective: The Highway Superintendent performs professional and administrative supervision and engineering work in directing the planning, design, construction, maintenance, improvement, and repair of County highways, roads, and bridges. The incumbent provides leadership to establish and achieve effective and strategic vision for the Highway Department. 

This is an appointive position; the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners pursuant to SDCL 7-8-20.

Essential Functions:  Responsibilities include ensuring proper care of all County highways, roads, and bridges; supervising technical, skilled craft, and maintenance technician workers; preparing budgets;   managing, developing and implementing county and department policies / procedures. 

  • Actively involved in all personnel decisions including but not limited to; hiring, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, workload requirements, maintaining employee morale, and promoting workplace safety.

  • Contract negotiation and administration, public relations, design and implementation of repair strategies.

  • Develop bid documents, cooperative agreements, and other transactions with other agencies and units of government, private businesses, subcontractors and project consultants.  

  • Direct short and long range planning, programming, implementation and evaluation of operations and programs for County initiatives.

  • Coordinate with the State of SD Department of Transportation on state transportation programs and plans in the County and follow relevant rules and regulations.

  • Coordinate with township governing boards and perform the statutorily required administrative functions of South Dakota Statutes in relation to township requirements.

  • Coordinate county highway activities with the involved municipalities.

  • Ensure compliance with Federal, State and County standards and general policy established by the Meade County commission and the rules and regulations of the SD Department of Transportation.

This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position.  Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.

Experience and/or Education: Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or directly related field, and/or 10 years’ experience of increasing responsibility in highway construction and managing of construction or government operations. An equivalent of education and experience will be considered.

  • Ability to obtain SD Highway Superintendent Certification 

  • Valid driver’s license.

Working 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. Work is performed both indoors in an office where noise and interruptions often occur and outdoors where the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions including; extreme cold, extreme heat, moving mechanical parts, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, high volume traffic, heavy equipment and noise related to construction projects. Noise level may be loud at times.

  • May require working in excess of 40 hours per week to meet project deadlines or attend evening meetings and travel. 

Physical Requirements: 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: Able to frequently sit, walk, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, reach and lift, push or pull and manual dexterity is needed to type, write, use a calculator, and answer telephone. Upper body strength is a requisite to lift/move 20 lbs. unassisted; and lift/move 50 lbs. with assistance. The ability to talk and hear via the telephone and through face-to-face communication is needed. May be required to use appropriate personal protective equipment.



May 30, 2019

Control Room Operator   

Employment Opportunity:  Job # 19-06

Posting Type:  Open Announcement    

Closing Date:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED 

Starting Wage: $14.87 per hour 

Part-Time Position:  24 Hours per week 

Application Procedures:  Please submit a Meade County application (https://www.meadecounty.org/employment-application to: Human Resources  / 1300 Sherman Street  STE 212  / Sturgis, SD 57785

General Statement of Duties

Under the general supervision of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, and the jail administrator, the direct supervision of the shift supervisor, is responsible for operating the control console to monitor and control various functions of Meade County’s correctional operations and to provide guidance and direction to personnel.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Observe monitor screens that transmit in sequence views of the correctional operations.

2.   Operate control board to stop and maintain order of a location where an incident is developing.

3.    Request appropriate personnel for assistance of any disruptive activity.

4.  Watch Correctional Officers to ensure safety and maintain peace while they are working with inmates.

5.    Open secured doors to authorized personnel and public to enter and/or exit correctional facilities when necessary.

6.     Be aware if equipment fails and notify supervisor of equipment malfunctions.

7.     Log and enter daily events into computer.

8.    Monitor intercom system

 9.   Answer phones

10.  Prepare reports.

11.  Attend training, seminars and workshops as deemed necessary.

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

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


Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Education:

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

  1. Minimum one (1) year secretarial experience preferred.

  2. Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment to include typewriter, copy machine, fax machine, computer, etc.

  3. Knowledge with law enforcement a plus.

  4. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  5. Ability to demonstrate good communication skills, written and oral.

  6. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

  7. Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills.

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  

  2. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  

  3. The employee is frequently required to sit.  

  4. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

  5. Ability to function effectively under stress.


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. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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. Successful competition in written and/or oral interviews.

2. Other such examination as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Sheriff and/or County.

 

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FIRE MITIGATION SPECIALIST

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.