Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Building Maintenance Specialist

Job ID: 16297
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources / State Fair
Location: South Dakota State Fairgounds - Huron
Salary: $20.99 - $24.79 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GI
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, please visit https://danr.sd.gov/ .

This position maintains, repairs, and restores all aspects of the facilities within the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. This position's work could entail aspects of building construction, remodeling of current facilities, including constructing interior walls, installing sheetrock, taping, texturing and painting walls and buildings, and operation of various equipment; inspection and repairs of roofs by replacing shingles or other roofing materials; cutting and installing millwork as needed; and installing doors, closures, and locksets. The incumbent will work under the direction of the Maintenance Operations Manager and assist with preparation of grounds and facilities for special events, including set-ups and clean-ups.

Applicants are required to have received technical training in one of the following areas; carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or heating and air conditioning; be able to work outside in all types of weather conditions; be able perform physical labor using a variety of machinery and equipment; be able to repair and maintain a variety of facilities, machinery, and equipment; and be able to be exposed to fumes from exhausts, paints, and petroleum products.

Licenses and Certifications:
A valid driver's license is required.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Applicants with technical training in carpentry, electrical, or plumbing is essential. Applicants with have good communication skills, complete tasks in a timely manner, and successfully direct the activities of others.

Knowledge of:
  • methods and practices of general building and facility maintenance and building construction;
  • mechanical, carpentry, and preventive maintenance experience beneficial;
  • carpentry skills are required to perform many aspects of building repairs;
  • plumbing techniques;
  • how to drain plumbing in facilities in the fall and turn them back on in the spring;
  • experience in pouring and finishing concrete;
  • basic building procedures, the ability to read building plans and estimate material needs;
  • communication skills to solve conflicts with visitors, volunteers, and/or seasonal staff;
  • purchasing processes such as ordering from contracts and contacting local vendors for bids;
  • safe operating guidelines for equipment;
  • the methods and practices of general building and facility maintenance;
  • building construction, tools, and equipment associated with the position's tasks.

Skill to:
  • communicate with all types of people under all types of conditions;
  • read and understand blueprints;
  • motivate a crew of permanent, seasonal, volunteer, and inmate crews to complete assigned tasks;
  • diagnose issues and either repair them or find someone who can;
  • diagnose plumbing issues and either repair them or find someone who can;
  • diagnose HVAC issues and either repair them or find someone who can;
  • operation of a variety of hand tools associated with the trades;
  • organize and delegate assignments;
  • communicate effectively;
  • deal tactfully with others.

Ability to:
  • install plumbing toilets, faucets, water lines, drain traps, etc., in the buildings;
  • provide on-the-job training to assigned employees and volunteers;
  • plan and manage projects to keep them on time and meet deadlines;
  • delegate work to others based on their capabilities;
  • understand and follow instructions, compose required reports;
  • communicate sufficiently to resolve conflicts with staff, volunteers, and the public;
  • work outdoors in all kinds of weather;
  • lift heavy items routinely;
  • establish timetables and projects;
  • follow oral and written instructions;
  • direct the activities of others, complete delegated tasks;
  • operate motorized vehicles, hand, and power tools;
  • lift 50 pounds or more;
  • work occasional nights and weekends;
  • work extended days and hours pre-State Fair, during and post State Fair;
  • provide positive customer service and relations.


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 https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=E6X
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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