New job Conservation Foreman in South Dakota

Conservation Foreman

Company : South Dakota State Government
Salary : $18.36 - $20.66 an hour
Location : South Dakota

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Job ID: 16488
Agency: Department of Game, Fish, and Parks - Division of Wildlife Operations
Location: Fort Pierre
Salary: $18.36 - $20.66 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GG
Closing Date: 06/22/2021

For more information on the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, please visit

Working for the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks is not just a job, it's a life passion. It's about working together as a team with colleagues, customers, landowners, and partner organizations to ensure that our state’s outdoor heritage lives on for the next generation. Providing exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities for people to enjoy is one of the best jobs in state government. Our atmosphere empowers professional success and team building while fostering relationships to build a culture focused on our four strategic plan goals.
  • Provide outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Serve as stewards of our state’s natural resources
  • Inspire confidence
  • Foster professional excellence

All we need is for you to join our team! Sound like a good fit so far? As a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks employee, here is what you will experience:

  • Innovation – the GFP team is consistently revolutionizing enhancements to outdoor recreation in terms of technology and customer experience. We invite new ideas and interaction from our employees.
  • Collaboration and Communication – our employees work with various teams, programs, and divisions within the agency, outside state and federal agencies, and public stakeholders. We want all employees to know that their voices will be heard as we continuously work towards our future goals.
  • Professional Development – we provide training and support for you to become an expert in the field and obtain the skills necessary to be successful in your position.
  • Task Diversity – the work duties are never boring. Your duties may include meetings with co-workers, collaborating with other government representatives, representing the Department at Commission meetings and national conferences, visiting our state parks and recreation areas, or working to enhance habitat on a game production area. The outdoors provides for a pretty nice corner office!

Licenses and Certifications:
A valid Driver's License; Commercial Driver's license (CDL); certification as a pesticide applicator; ATV and UTV safety.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Do you have a high degree of professional ethics and integrity?
  • Are you excellent at organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and projects while maintaining a positive attitude?
  • Do you welcome the opportunity to tackle problems and think quickly to find innovative solutions?
  • Are you an effective, outgoing communicator who enjoys providing superior service to customers, leadership, and other employees?

Our Ideal candidate will have experience in managing assigned development projects and maintenance and repair activities by prioritizing projects, recruiting and training crew members, developing work schedules, making sure equipment is adequate for the tasks at hand, maintaining inventories of materials and supplies, and monitoring work progress to ensure completion of management plans designed to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat areas and lands leased and managed by the department.

Knowledge of:

  • human resources management practices sufficient to interview, train, and evaluate temporary employees;
  • purchasing processes such as ordering from contracts, contacting local vendors for bids, writing specifications, and preparing requisitions and vouchers;
  • facility maintenance skills such as plumbing, electrical repair, carpentry, and painting;
  • farming and harvesting methods and growing seasons;
  • seed, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides;
  • farm tractors and implements and their functions;
  • soils;
  • tree species;
  • tree diseases and pests;
  • tree storage, planting procedures, and maintenance;
  • grounds keeping methods, equipment, and maintenance;
  • noxious weeds;
  • weed spray, methods of application, and spraying equipment;
  • diagnostic and repair methods for a wide variety of vehicles and equipment;
  • welding;
  • safe-operating guidelines for equipment;
  • timber harvesting and equipment;
  • fence-building.

Ability to:

  • organize and prioritize projects on a long- and short-term basis and calculate time, equipment, and manpower needs;
  • clearly provide work direction to others;
  • delegate work to others based on evaluation of their capabilities;
  • handle chemicals safely;
  • diagnose vehicle and equipment malfunctions and determine the most cost-effective resolution;
  • communicate sufficiently to resolve conflicts with staff, the public, and landowners.

What South Dakota has to Offer:
South Dakota is centrally located in the U.S. and boasts the beautiful Missouri River and the Black Hills. Our state has a rich frontier history and is a premier outdoor destination, offering some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the nation. Fishing, hunting, and photography are all popular activities that offer year-round opportunities for residents. Multiple state parks are ideal getaways for camping, hiking, and biking. Many towns offer the amenities of a larger city but with a small-town feel.

The State of South Dakota offers employer-paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, other insurance options, and retirement benefits.

If you enjoy an exciting and challenging career and want to make a difference in public service, we'd like to hear from you!


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 ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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