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Wastewater Technician - South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems, Madison, SD


The position of Wastewater Technician exists to provide technical advice and training assistance to rural and small-town wastewater system operators within the State of South Dakota. The Wastewater Technician will be required to analyze situations, evaluate possible courses of action, make decisions, and give advice and recommendations regarding wastewater system’s operations to Association members, as well as to other users and non-members. Knowledge of and ability to operate a variety of wastewater procedures and equipment is helpful (e.g., sludge judging, smoke-testing, sewer-camera etc.). This position will be stationed out of the SDARWS office in Madison, SD. Relocation to Madison, SD is not required, but a reasonable commute is preferred and is negotiable for the right candidate. Benefits include health insurance and 401K.


This position will close at 5:00 pm (CDT), March 17, 2020 or until filled.  A Resume and cover letter must arrive at SDARWS prior to close. Cover letters and resumes can be mailed to: SDARWS, PO Box 287, Madison, SD 57042, Attn: Kurt, or emailed to





General Manager - Big Sioux Community Water System, Egan, SD


Do you have experience in water, utility or other service industry? Are you prepared to successfully guide an established organization?


Big Sioux Community Water System, headquartered just outside of Egan, SD, seeks a General Manager who will provide organizational leadership and oversee all operations and activities of the system!


Big Sioux Community Water System provides softened, treated water to thousands of residents in eastern South Dakota, several municipalities, as well as customers in a number of counties, including Lake, Moody, Brookings, Minnehaha and Pipestone County, Minnesota. Big Sioux Community Water System also provides wastewater services to several communities as well as managing well-fields for an ethanol plant and two large dairy operations.


As General Manager, you will have full responsibility for the construction, operations, maintenance, administrative, and financial functions of the system, and will work closely with, and report to, the Board of Directors.


Management Responsibilities Include:

• Ensure the continual uninterrupted supply of water to customers

• Seek ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of water system facilities and equipment

• Maintain compliance with applicable state and federal regulations

• Ensure efficient operations throughout the organization

• Effective management of resources, staff and projects

• Provide annual staff evaluations and opportunities for staff development

• Assure proper and timely response to service calls

• Implement and enforce safe work programs and practices

• In conjunction with Board and staff, enforce collection policies, and establish and implement water rates and any subsequent adjustments


Board Responsibilities Include:

• Plan and attend Board of Directors meetings; provide information and accountability as required

• Work with the Board to establish and implement strategic goals and plans

• Assure that proper accounting procedures and reporting are followed

• Review and analyze monthly and annual financial statements

• Prepare, present and follow annual budgets and work plans


Administrative Responsibilities Include:

• Investment of available system funds in accordance with approved Board policies

• Sign and execute reports, negotiate and execute contracts, applications and other legal documents on behalf of the system

• Approve all operational and capital expenditures within approved budgets

• Consult with engineers and legal counsel as needed

• Oversee publication of newsletters and other communications

• Serve as a proponent for the organization with legislative and regulatory agencies

• Travel to sites with the service area as needed, and to out-of-area/out-of-state meetings as required


Big Sioux Community Water System offers competitive compensation (dependent on experience), and benefits, which include health, dental and life insurance, long-term disability, flex plan, 401(k), paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays and company vehicle.


To be considered, a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, water resource management or related field is desired. A minimum of five years of management experience, preferably in a service or utility industry, is preferred.  Experience with financial management and budgeting is important, as are strong communications and organizational skills.


Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020. Big Sioux Community Water System is an equal opportunity employer.  Please apply online at


Contact Dan Oakland at with any questions.


Closes: 3/13/2020




Water Superintendent - City of Sturgis, SD


The Water Superintendent is responsible to supervise and oversee the operations and personnel engaged in the operation, maintenance, repair, construction, and inspection of the City’s water distribution system.


This position is responsible for the overall management, administration, operation, installation, and repair of the City’s water systems, facilities, and infrastructure. This position is directly responsible for the administration and supervision of day-to-day operational programs, budget, development of strategic objectives, activities and other functions relating to the development, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of divisional processes and facilities.


Six (6) years’ progressively responsible experience in public works or water systems field, including experience in the repair, maintenance, or construction of water distribution systems.


  • South Dakota Class 1 Water Treatment Certification (Currently possess or able to acquire)
  • South Dakota Class 2 Distribution Certification (Currently possess or able to acquire)
  • Willingness to respond to off-hour emergency situations
  •  Must possess an unexpired South Dakota CDL (Class A) driver’s license and an acceptable driving record


This position is eligible for benefits.


Salary range:  $50,000 to $60,000 DOEQ


Accepting applications with a first review of applications after March 1st.  For specific questions about the duties and functions of the position, please contact the Public Works Director at (605) 347-3916.


Closes 3/1/2020



Water Distribution Operator - South Lincoln Rural Water System, Beresford, SD


General requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Applicant must possess basic math skills, mechanical and electrical aptitude, perform duties that may require manual labor (walking, bending, kneeling, lifting, climbing and carry heavy or awkward items), good communication skills, orally and written. Candidate must be a self-motivated individual with the ability to manage his/her work day with minimum supervision and/or to work with others as a team to accomplish complex tasks.  Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, schematics and maintenance manuals. It is preferred that the applicant have a Class II Water Distribution Certification. Or, the successful applicant must agree to obtain a Class II Water Distribution Certification within 24 months from date of hire. It is a requirement that the successful applicant live within thirty (30) minutes of South Lincoln's main plant and have a valid South Dakota driver's license.


Responsibilities: Operate, maintain and record the daily events of assigned distribution area, to include elevated storage tanks, GSR, booster stations and pipelines. Become proficient in the use of SCADA; knowledge of I-Pad and smart phone technology; efficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel.  Perform daily duties as assigned, such as connecting and disconnecting member services; maintain and repair the same. Evaluate and assist in the repair of leaks; collaborate with other employees in maintaining and operating the water treatment facility. Participate in an on call, rotating schedule that will require you to promptly assist members in case of an emergency. Employees will professionally represent the corporation at all times, keep assigned vehicle clean and well maintained.


Compensation: ranges from $18.50 - $23.50 per hour depending on applicant’s experience. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and retirement program.  Employee will have the use of company vehicle to and from work. Successful applicant may be required to pass a drug screening test.


To apply, please send resume and work history to: Tom Rausch, Water Distribution Operator Application, South Lincoln Rural Water; 28647 472nd Avenue, Beresford, SD 57004, or


Email your resume to:, Attn: “Water Distribution Operator”




Full-Time Maintenance Worker - City of Murdo, SD


The City of Murdo is accepting job applications for a full-time maintenance worker  Duties would include help with all city duties. Individuals applying must be over 18 years of age and have a driver’s license with a CDL or be able to attain one.


Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at the City Office at 107 W. Second Street.  Applications should be returned as soon as possible to the City Office as they will be reviewed as received with possible interviews set up but position will remain open until filled.  For any questions please contact the city office at 605-669-2272. The City of Murdo reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications.


Closes: 2/20/2020



System Operations Specialist - Tripp County Water User District, Winner, SD


Tripp County Water User District is accepting applications until filled for a System Water Operator. Requirements include high school or equivalent education. Applicant must possess basic math skills, mechanical and electrical aptitude abilities and skills. Applicant must be able to work in close confinement conditions. Applicant must be able to perform duties that may entail manual labor requiring continuous walking, bending, kneeling, lifting, climbing and carrying heavy and awkward items. Applicant must possess good communication skills, both orally and in writing. Must be self-motivated and able to plan and organize his/her work as a member of the team with a minimum amount of direct supervision. Applicant must possess or agree to obtain a Class I Water Distribution and Class 1 Treatment Certification within 24 months of selection for this position. Applicant also agrees to obtain Class II Distribution Certification within three years of employment, if does not already possess.  As a condition of employment, applicant will be required to reside within Tripp County Water User District service area.


Duties include:  Maintain required records and reports. Operate and maintain the distribution facilities including assigned tower, booster pump stations and or pipeline. Become proficient in the operation and use of the SCADA System and other equipment. Perform meter reading, repair and annual maintenance. Perform bill collections, discontinue member service or connect service to new members as required. Obtain membership applications and easements as required; recommend line routing and inspection during and after construction. Look for evidence of system water leaks and repair the same. Respond to customer needs. Maintain and operate all equipment in a safe manner. As a member of the operations team, participate in an “on call duty” that will require serving on a rotating schedule to be on call outside normal duty hours so that emergency needs of the members are met efficiently and promptly. Applicant will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of assigned vehicle and perform other duties as assigned.


Pay depends on qualifications. The minimum work week will be 44 hours. Benefits include 100% employee & family health and dental coverage; retirement, long-term disability, paid vacation, holiday and sick leave. Successful applicant will be required to pass an initial drug screening test.

Employer is requesting both a general application form and a resume. The Application form can be found and filled out on South Dakota Department of Labor website – or available at the TCWUD Office.


Send both application and resume to Tripp County Water User District - 1052 West 1st Street Winner, South Dakota 57580. Partial applications will not be accepted (resume alone or application alone). Only those applicants to be considered will be contacted to schedule an interview. Contact Lisa Stiehl at Tripp County Water User District (605-842-2755) with any questions.




Public Works Director/Professional Engineer - City of Custer, SD


The City of Custer is seeking a licensed civil engineer to manage the Public Works Department. This position is expected to perform a variety of supervisory, administrative, skilled, technical and maintenance related task. The Public Works Director oversees the Streets, Parks, Public Buildings, Water & Wastewater operations. The position is responsible for planning and managing the activities, operations, maintenance and construction of the Public Works Department.


The ideal candidate will possess Certification as a Professional Engineer, and/or sufficient experience to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the Public Works Department. Must possess a valid Driver’s License. The following certifications would be a benefit: Class 1 Water Treatment, Class 2 Wastewater Treatment, Class 2 Waster Distribution and Class 2 Wastewater Collection, or adequate water and wastewater knowledge. Must be a team player; with leadership skills and the ability to provide outstanding customer service. Must reside within fifteen miles of the City of Custer.


Starting wage DOE and certifications. Applications are available at Custer City Hall, 622 Crook St, Custer, SD. 57730. 1-605-673-4824. An application must be completed, and resumes may be included with the application, but are not accepted in lieu of an application. Applications will be accepted by mail or may be dropped off at Custer City Hall. Position open until filled. The City of Custer is an Equal Opportunity employer.


Closes: 3/15/2020





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