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Engineer I - II (Assistant Geotechnical Engineer)(Job Id 21580)

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Job ID: 21580
Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Planning and Engineering / Office of Materials and Surfacing
Salary: $28.40 - $31.48 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: E1 - E2
Closing Date: 02/09/2023

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Department of Transportation, please visit
This position is the Assistant Geotechnical Engineer within the Department of Transportation's Geotechnical Engineering Activity. The purpose of this position is to provide geotechnical design information and construction support for transportation projects throughout the state. Duties will include assisting the Foundation, Geology, and Soils Sections with the collection of subsurface information, laboratory analysis, and design recommendations for structural foundations, soil embankments, subgrades, slope stability, and geologic studies.
Work is normally in an office environment with eight-hour work days.
Travel is required for site inspections and construction support. Statewide overnight travel with drill crews will be required for the first several months to obtain a working knowledge of subsurface exploration methods and techniques.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Only applicants with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Geological Engineering or a related engineering field will be considered. 
Knowledge of:
  • geotechnical engineering principles (soil mechanics, groundwater, etc.);
  • South Dakota geology;
  • geotechnical subsurface investigation techniques;
  • computers and computer systems.
Skill to:
  • communicate effectively;
  • manage multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to:
  • effectively plan, prioritize, and organize work to meet schedules and deadlines;
  • prepare, interpret, and use engineering plans, maps, specifications, and technical reports;
  • provide work direction when leading a crew;
  • interpret and apply state and federal laws and rules and department standards;
  • work outdoors in all weather conditions.

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

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"