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

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Please complete a Meade County Employment Application


Firewise - Fire Mitigation Crew Chief

Employment Opportunity:     Job # 19-09

Posting Type:                             Open Announcement    

Closing Date:                              Open Until Filled

Starting Wage:                            $17.00  per Hour/ Full-Time 

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

Fire Mitigation Crew Chief 

General Statement of Duties

This is a jobs training program for Veteran-qualified individuals based on funding by grant money from the BLM. If federal funding slows or stops, so too will the position. Under the supervision of the Commission Assistant/Human Resources Office, is responsible for coordinating and executing field operations for the efforts of fire mitigation under the Meade County Firewise Program.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Implementation of fire mitigation efforts under the Meade County Firewise Program.

  2. Fall trees, remove brush and limbs.

  3. Recommend for hire, direct and train Fire Mitigation Specialists in the field operations of the Program.

  4. Educate and work with private landowners regarding the Firewise Communities Program and best practices in fire mitigation.

  5. Identify trees to be thinned for Firewise mitigation efforts.

  6. Data collection with GPS as assigned.

  7. Maintain accurate records, including bills, invoices, receipts, and reports.

  8. Educate and promote new ideas and concepts to others.

  9. Foster a positive and motivated work environment for Fire Mitigation Specialists.

  10. Perform additional duties as required, performing all duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies.

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

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications 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.

Experience and Education:

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

  2. Knowledge of wildland fire management, fire behavior, causes of fire, influence of weather, topography and fuels on fire, and methods of extinguishing fire is preferred.

  3. A Veteran, as defined under SDCL 33A-2-1.

  4. A valid Form DD214 that does not indicate a dishonorable discharge.

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

  6. Ability to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills and ability to work well with others and maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

  7. Ability to train others.

Physical Demands:

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

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

  3. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance.

  4. The employee must frequently 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:  

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

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

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

  4. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.

Examination, Testing, and Certification:

  1. Valid South Dakota Drivers License.

  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.

Firewise - Fire Mitigation Specialist

Employment Opportunity:     Job # 19-10

Posting Type:                             Open Announcement    

Closing Date:                              Open Until Filled

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

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

Fire Mitigation Crew Chief 

General Statement of Duties

This is a jobs training program for Veteran-qualified individuals based on funding by grant money from the BLM. It is a short-term position designed to help veterans find permanent employment in a field of their choosing. If federal funding slows or stops, so too will the position. Under the supervision of the Commission Assistant/Human Resources Office, is responsible for the marking, thinning, and removal of trees from private land owner’s property who are participating in the Meade County Firewise Program.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify 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. Remove trees and brush.

  5. Data collection with GPS as assigned.

  6. Maintain accurate records.

  7. Keep a positive and motivated attitude towards self-improvement to develop skills, resolve personal issues, and search for permanent employment to graduate from the Program.

  8. Continued training and skill development, including but not limited to fire mitigation and tree falling.

  9. Perform additional duties as required, performing all duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications 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.

Experience and Education:

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

  2. A Veteran as defined under SDCL 33A-2-1.

  3. A valid Form DD214 that does not indicate a dishonorable discharge.

  4. Ability to work independently.

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

  6. Ability to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills and ability to work well with others and maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

Physical Demands:

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

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

  3. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance.

  4. The employee must frequently 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:  

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

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

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

  4. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.

Examination, Testing, and Certification:

  1. Valid South Dakota Drivers License.

  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.


Meade County State’s Attorney

Employment Opportunity:  Job19-7 / State’s Attorney

Posting Type:  Appointment by Meade County Commission per SDCL 3-4-3

Closing Date:  September 26, 2019  

Starting Wage:  DOE / Full -Time with Full Benefits Package

Application Procedures:  Please submit a Meade County application and resume to: Human Resources  / 1300 Sherman Street Suite ▫ 212 ▫ Sturgis, SD 57785

General Statement of Duties

The State's  Attorney has the exclusive and statutory responsibility for prosecuting violations of the criminal laws of the State of South Dakota, as well as many other regulatory laws of the state and county, including ordinances and traffic regulations.

Additionally, the office is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to the Board of County Commissioners and other elected / appointed department heads.

Selection Process

  1. Applicants reviewed by the Meade County Commission.

  2. Formal interview and selection process set for October 22, 2019.

  3. Appointment effective from October 22, 2019 to December 31, 2020. 



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.