Local recruitment: Program Assistant I

State of South Dakota

Pierre, SD, USA 🇺🇸

Location: Pierre, SD

Post Date: 22/11/2022

Agency: Agriculture & Natural Resources

Close Date: 13/12/2022

Employment Type: Permanent Employee

Salary: 19.67-21.07 US


Job ID: 20946
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources / Water Rights Program
Location: Pierre, SD
Salary: $19.67 to $21.07 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GG
Closing Date: 12/13/2022

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 https://danr.sd.gov/.

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. The Water Rights Program within DANR appropriates water for the various water uses throughout the state.

DANR’s Water Rights Program is looking for a talented individual to assist in the administration of water rights in South Dakota. You must demonstrate an attention to detail. The Water Rights Program seeks motivated individuals who have a team player attitude and a strong desire to learn.

Our team is responsible for helping South Dakotans pursue economic development or personal uses of water by managing the state’s water resources in an environmentally responsible manner. Entering public service provides an opportunity to become a steward of the public’s water resources. As such, you will be involved in managing use of a resource that is vital to the quality of life in South Dakota. You will join a team of engineers who work together to administer the use of South Dakota’s surface and groundwater resources to ensure our water resources are maintained in a sustainable manner for future generations.

This work involves:

  • processing new water permit applications;
  • maintaining the water rights databases;
  • administer water use reporting;
  • licensing of water permits;
  • administer the transfer of ownership of water rights;
  • cancellation proceeding of water rights;
  • issuance of temporary permits for to use water for construction, testing, and drilling purposes; 
  • scanning of water rights documents for electronic access by staff and the public.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
The ideal candidate is someone with strong interpersonal skills and a desire for learning. We are looking for someone who wants to serve the citizens of South Dakota by protecting our water resources while allowing use of water to the greatest extent possible for the benefit of the public.

Knowledge of:

  • computer, ArcMap, and Microsoft Office products;
  • database management and maintenance;
  • South Dakota agricultural and irrigation practices;
  • water uses and users.

Skill to:

  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • make appropriate decisions by applying established work processes related to the Water Rights Program; 
  • interpret program guidelines to answer questions and advise others on specific issues related to the Water Rights Program.

Ability to:

  • demonstrate attention to detail;
  • interpret and comprehend program guidelines and procedures;
  • effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work activities to meet schedules and deadlines;
  • assess process effectiveness and develop changes or alternatives;
  • collect, enter, and distribute program data and maintain files; 
  • establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with staff and the public.

Benefits of Working for DANR:
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.

This job is an entry-level position, and we offer extensive training opportunities to build your skills and knowledge. DANR cares about its employees and their career development. We offer the opportunity for career advancement.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

 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 https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online:  https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=KC5
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: [email protected]
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”