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Job ID: 19529

Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Resource Conservation and Forestry

Location: Rapid City

Salary: $26.22 to $28.09 per hour, depending on experience

Pay Grade: GJ

Closing Date: 07/07/2022

This is a full-time position with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information, please visit

This position is responsible for the coordination, development, and planning efforts for the Resource Conservation & Forestry Division. These include the State Forest Action Plan (FAP) and the Coordinated Plan for Natural Resources Conservation. This position is responsible for monitoring the Federal Register and keeping department staff informed on pertinent changes to federal laws and regulations that may impact forestry and conservation efforts. This position is responsible for reviewing federal management plans and environmental impact statements and develop comments on those documents. This position is responsible for representing DANR on federal forestry plan revision interdisciplinary teams and may act as the contact for cooperating agency status. This position is responsible for maintaining all of the division's accomplishment reporting databases. This position is responsible for developing special grant applications under the direction of the Division Director and State Forester. This position is responsible for writing and compiling an annual report summarizing division activities and writing other reports as needed to satisfy federal and state requirements. This position will act as the Good Neighbor Authority Program lead for DANR and will work closely with local and federal partners to accomplish timber sale duties on federal lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and 2.

Normal work hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Licenses and Certifications:
The successful candidate must have a valid South Dakota driver's license or is able to obtain one soon after accepting an offer for employment. 

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
A Bachelor of Science degree in forestry or related natural resources management, or in a closely related field, is preferred. Experience may be substituted for education if that experience has prepared the candidate to successfully carry out the duties of this position.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
  • good analytical and organizational skills;
  • good writing skills;
  • good public speaking skills;
  • be able understand and to communicate important elements of state and federal natural resource management plans to peers and superiors and be able to coordinate a response to those plans;
  • experience in developing resource planning documents with the experience of working with a multitude of agencies and organizations;
  • be able to moderate public meetings and secure public input; 
  • a working knowledge of computers with Microsoft Office Professional software and geographic information systems such as ArcGIS and/or ArcPro.

Knowledge of:
  • forestry and conservation concepts, techniques, and practices;
  • US Forest Service planning and management efforts;
  • US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service planning and management efforts;
  • the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and how to provide comments on documents under NEPA;
  • the principles of effective human relations and dealing with the public;
  • applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations;
  • departmental policies and procedures;
  • basic principles and terminology of data processing; 
  • techniques of researching additional reference materials.

Skill to:
  • organize and facilitate internal and public meetings for planning.
  • work well in public meetings and bring diverse groups to a consensus;
  • the skills and technical knowledge to review federal plans and comment on specific actions within those documents; 
  • retrieve, analyze, interpret, and display data from Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, and geospatial databases.

Ability to:
  • make appropriate decision by applying standards and available information to specific situations;
  • analyze cause and effect relationships in problems and develop resolutions;
  • clearly and concisely communicate information and develop ideas in a logical sequence;
  • favorably present and promote department priorities, services, and actions internally and externally;
  • develop plans, policies, and define standards;
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and adjust to meet changing trends, needs, and values;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • communicate effectively verbally and in writing; 
  • work independently with minimal supervision.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume.

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 This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
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"