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Environmental Engineer I (Engineer I)

Pierre SD

Job Id 13604


This is a full-time position with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, please visit http://denr.sd.gov/.

This position assists with the protection of South Dakota's water quality and improving the quality of life for residents by providing engineering related administrative and technical oversight to water, wastewater, and solid waste projects which have received grant or loan assistance through the various funding programs administered by the department.


This assistance is accomplished by:

conducting initial engineering evaluations of preliminary engineering reports and facilities plans to determine if proposed projects are technically viable, environmentally sound, and eligible for funding;

working within a team concept to develop grant and loan financing packages;

determining the level of environmental review necessary projects and preparing the appropriate environmental documentation;

reviewing plans and specifications and addendums for water, wastewater, and storm water projects for compliance with accepted design standards and programmatic requirements;

reviewing and approving pay requests for accuracy and assuring reimbursement is for program eligible costs;

attending pre-construction meetings and conducting construction inspections to ensure projects are constructed in accordance with approved plans and specifications and meeting all funding requirements. These inspections are performed outside in all weather conditions and are performed in settings with uneven terrain, construction equipment, and noise;

reviewing contract change orders for compliance with accepted design standards, state bid law and other programmatic requirements;

providing technical assistance to municipal officials, consulting engineers, planners and other governmental agencies.


A valid driver's license is required.


Statewide travel is required approximately 10-15 percent of the time with occasional overnight stays. Office work includes sitting at a desk for long periods of time using a computer. Normal working hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., five days per week. The incumbent will work closely with municipalities and other units of government, consulting engineers and planning districts.


Please attach a copy of your college transcripts to your application.


The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Only applicants that possess a bachelor's/master's degree in environmental, civil or related engineering field will be considered. Applicants that have successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam to receive certification as an Engineer in Training or the ability to obtain the certification are preferred.


Knowledge of:

the practical application of engineering. This includes knowledge of applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to solve environmental and natural resources engineering problems;

materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of wastewater collection and treatment systems and water distribution, storage, and treatment systems;

the causes of water pollution and the principles, techniques, procedures and equipment of water pollution control;

public finance as it relates to infrastructure financing and capital improvement budgeting;

the principles and processes for providing excellent customer service.


Skill to:

use mathematics to solve problems;

use scientific rules and methods to solve problems;

work with others to reconcile differences;

effectively use computers and various software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and geographic information systems (GIS).


Ability to:

read, interpret, and evaluate engineering plans and specifications for acceptable engineering practices;

organize, analyze, and evaluate available information to draw reasonable conclusions;

use time management skills to work on multiple projects and complete designated tasks within time goals;

communicate effectively;

walk, sit, and stand for extended periods of time, and climb, balance, stoop, kneel or crouch.



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 offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.


Apply at: https://scssdltmprod.agilera.net/ltm/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=6KE


South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

500 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

Posted March 17, 2020

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