HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE

Jerry Derr, Commission Assistant/HR Director

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

Jordan Neeb, Administrative Assistant

jneeb@meadecounty.org
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

WHAT WE DO 

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



    Correctional Officer/ full-time

    Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-13

    Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

    Closing Date:    December 1, 2017

    Starting Wage:    $16.79 per hour

    Application Procedures:    Please submit a Meade County application to:                                                                  

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

    CORRECTIONAL OFFICER

    General Statement of Duties

    Under the direct supervision of the Jail Administrator, is responsible for performing duties as assigned in the areas of legal process pertaining to Jail Records, Safety and Security issues, maintaining order and custody control.

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1.    Maintain a variety of records as related to the legal process involving the jail.

    2.    Fingerprint and photograph inmates.  Classify, screen, and assign inmates to housing.

    3.    Issue jail clothing, bedding, and hygiene items to inmates. Launder items to maintain health and hygiene.

    4.    Conduct physical checks on inmates for health and sanitation, well-being, behaviors through the process known as I.P.C. to prevent and/or to detect suicides and/or escape risks, as well as assaultive risks.  Must be able to recognize and control possible conflicts.  

    5.    Assist in jail safety and security procedures to include the control of weapons, contraband, keys, tools, doors, and other related safety and security procedures. Disperse medication to the prisoners as prescribed by a licensed medical authority or within guidelines to ensure safety and security.

    6.    Be responsible for the preparation, serving, and clean up of meals.

    7. Assist in assigning inmates to work detail by screening, selecting, evaluating and supervising.

    8. Perform cleaning and minor maintenance duties to ensure health and sanitation, and safety and security issues are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

    9.   Document all incidents and complete needed reports in a detailed, factual, and relative to issue or topic.

    10.    Attend training sessions and meetings as required.

    11.    Wear Personal Protective Equipment as deemed necessary.

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

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

    Minimum Qualifications

    Experience and Education:

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

    2.    Ability to obtain one (1) week basic Jailer training Certification with in 12 months of hire date.

    3.    No prior felony criminal record.

    4. Knowledge of procedures of jail facilities, codes, and statutes that apply to detention and legal process.

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

    6.    Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the inmates, public and private agencies, general public and other employees.

    7. Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions.

    8. Currently posses, or ability to obtain First Aid/First Responder and CPR Certification.

    9. Ability to use good judgement and objective decision making.

    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 talk or hear.  
    2. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and sit,
    3. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
    4. The employee is required to be on a rotating schedule. 
    5. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  
    6. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
    7. Correctional staff must be able to physically restrain and/or move inmates when deemed necessary.  

    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 employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places.  
    2. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
    3. The employee is exposed to highly contagious, communicable diseases and viruses.
    4. The employee is exposed to hostile confrontations and/or situations.
    5. The employee is exposed to highly stressful, tension filled situations.

    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 Drivers License.
    2. Valid South Dakota Law Enforcement Certification.
    3. Valid Certification in CPR, First Aid, and First Responder.
    4. Successful competition in written and/or oral interviews.
    5. Other such examination as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Sheriff and County.

    Secretary/ Part-time

    (20 Hours per week)

    Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-12

    Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

    Closing Date:    November 17, 2017

    Starting Wage:    $14.50 per hour

    Application Procedures:    Please submit a Meade County application to:                                                                  

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

    Work Location

    SDSU Extension Service / 4-h Office 

    Erskine Office Building / Sturgis, SD

    Postion Type

    Non-exempt part-time (non-benefited) position at 20 hours per week. 

    General Statement of Duties

    Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to the public. 

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1.  Use computers for various applications, such as database management or word processing.

    2.  Answer telephones and give information to callers, take messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals.

    3.  Create, maintain, and enter information into databases.

    4.  Set up and manage paper or electronic filing systems, recording information, updating paperwork, correspondence, or other material.

    5. Operate modern office equipment, such as computers, copiers, or phone systems.

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

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

    Minimum Qualifications

    Experience and Education:

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

    2. Two years experience in the secretarial field or an equivalent of education and experience may be acceptable.

    3. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    4. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

    5. Demonstration of organizational skills. 

    6. 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 talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  
    2. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.   
    3. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
    4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, 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 quiet.

    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 County.

    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.


    Legal Secretary/ Part-time

    (20 Hours per week) 

    Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-11

    Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

    Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

    Starting Wage:    $15.23 per hour

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

    General Statement of Duties

    Under the direct supervision of the State’s Attorney, is responsible for performing complex secretarial and office administrative duties of a legal nature.

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Serve as an office receptionist answering the telephone and greeting individuals.  Answer questions and schedule appointments for the State’s Attorney and the Deputy State’s Attorneys or direct individuals to the appropriate personnel.
    2. Take dictation and transcribe correspondence and legal documents.
    3. Accept insufficient fund checks from merchants and process paperwork.
    4. Prepare paperwork after a court appearance to include typing, copying and filing with the Clerk of Courts.  Send copies to the Sheriff’s office.
    5. Assist in the preparation of information for adult and juvenile court appearances such as initial complaint/indictment, preliminary hearings, trials and sentencing, type subpoenas, provide discovery to the defense attorney and assist in any research, as directed by the supervising attorney.
    6. Assist in printing up warrants, prepare reports, records, letters and petitions.
    7. Maintain professional and confidential case files on juvenile and criminal cases.
    8. Order all necessary inventory for the State’s Attorney Office.
    9. Maintain office while both State’s Attorney and Deputy Attorneys are not in.
    10. File and type active and inactive warrants.
    11. Assist crime victims of family violence, adult and child sexual assault, and other personal crimes, serving as a liaison between the victims and law enforcement.
    12. Advise victims about legal proceedings and of their rights and responsibilities, inform victims of counseling services in the community, and accompany victims to hearings and sentencing.
    13. Attend training sessions and meetings as required.
    14. 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.  Vetch degree with legal background.
    2. No less than two (2) years’ experience with a legal background, or an equivalent of experience and education may be acceptable.
    3. Extensive knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment to include typewriter, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, dictaphone, computer software, etc.
    4. Ability to demonstrate good communication skills.
    5. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.
    6. Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills.
    7. Ability to train other.

    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 occasionally is required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to sit.
    3. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment:  

    1. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    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 and/or the State’s Attorney.

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


    Deputy State’s Attorney

    Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-10 

    Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

    Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

    Starting Wage:    $4,740 Monthly 

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

    General Statement of Duties

    Under the direct supervision of the State’s Attorney, is responsible for performing detailed legal work as required in the areas of Adult and Juvenile crimes.

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Review, authorize and prosecute violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of South Dakota (and County ordinances) committed inside the County.
    2. Authorize and prosecute felony adult & misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses.
    3. Prosecute cases in regards to violence against women.
    4. Represent the County in criminal matters as well as juvenile delinquencies, and parental neglect proceedings.
    5. Process mental commitment cases.
    6. Process juvenile delinquency proceedings.
    7. Process cases of abused or neglected children.
    8. Prosecute state statute violations.
    9. Assist the State’s Attorney in advising the County Commission and other County officials in legal matters.
    10. Serve as the State’s Attorney in the absence of the State’s Attorney.
    11. Attend training sessions and meetings as required.
    12. 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. A duly licensed attorney and counselor at law having the qualifications required of a State’s Attorney by South Dakota State law.
    2. Extensive knowledge of laws pertaining to Criminal statutes and procedures as well as County government.
    3. Ability to demonstrate good communication skills
    4. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.
    5. Ability to be confidential.
    6. Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills.
    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 occasionally is required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to sit.
    3. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment:  

    1. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    Examination, Testing, and Certification:

    1. Valid South Dakota Drivers License.
    2. Licensed Attorney in the State of South Dakota.
    3. Successful competition in written and/or oral interviews.
    4. 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.


    Communication Operator

    Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-09  

    Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

    Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

    Starting Wage:    $16.79 

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

    General Statement of Duties

    Under the general supervision of the Sheriff and direct supervision by Communication Supervisor; is responsible for answering all calls for emergency services and maintains radio contact with the Sheriff's Office, police department, fire departments, ambulance services, and all other public entities relating to emergency services.

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1.   Answer all calls received by emergency 911 as well as the administrative lines, and coordinate emergency services, determine priority and disseminate the appropriate service to the emergency/call for service.

    2.   Maintain communication and contact with emergency services units in the field acting as a lifeline by providing information, safety and support through monitoring them in the line of duty.

    3.   Advise callers of actions they can take until the emergency assistance arrives and walk them through procedure step-by-step. 

    4.   Report all calls and maintain records with all calls for service in an accurate and timely completemanner.

    5.   Provide emergency first responder instructions to the general public, as instructed by the responders or individuals training.

    6.   Continually monitor units in the field for safety and well being.

    7.   Assist in the training of new employees.

    8.   Operate modern office equipment in conjunction with emergency communications to include, but not excluding any equipment not listed, telephone, teletype, computers, radio, photo copier, fax, etc.

    9.   Attend training sessions and meetings as required.

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

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

    Minimum Qualifications

    Experience and Education:

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

    2.    Ability to learn and follow directions.

    3.   Ability to be certified in Medical Priority Dispatch and CPR.

    4.   Ability to be certified in Teletype.

    5.   Demonstration of the knowledge of Federal Communications Agency regulations.

    6.   Knowledgeable experience with computers, telephones, radio equipment, etc.

    7.    No prior felony criminal record.

    8.     Ability to demonstrate good communication skills.

    9.    Ability to be certified within one year of hire.

    10.   Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the interdepartmental and associated agencies,  general public and other employees.

    11. Ability to train others.

    12. Ability to demonstrate familiarity with geographical areas to the extent that they can direct field units to a scene in a timely manner.

    13. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

    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 sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  

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

    3.   The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  

    4.   The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 10 pounds.  

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

    6.   The employee must work various shifts as assigned, which may include weekends and holidays. 

    7.   Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions.

    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.   Valid certification in Medical Priority Dispatch, CPR and Teletype.

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

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


    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.