Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Grounds Crew Leader/Specialist

Springfield, SD
Job ID: 17379

Agency: Department of Corrections / Mike Durfee State Prison

Salary: $14.90 to $17.06 depending on qualifications

Pay Grade: GE

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a full-time position with the Department of Corrections. For more information on the Department of Corrections, please visit http://doc.sd.gov .

The Grounds Crew Leader/Specialist directs the work of Grounds Keepers and participates in grounds maintenance including the care of lawns, trees, flowers, shrubs, nurseries, rest areas, greenhouses, athletic fields, and sidewalks; and/or serves as the expert in a specific area of grounds maintenance, such as tree care or irrigation systems to ensure state grounds are properly cared for and maintained.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:
  • gardening and grounds maintenance practices;
  • greenhouse and nursery operations;
  • safe use of fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides;
  • safe disposal of hazardous wastes;
  • sprinkler and irrigation systems;
  • types and varieties of trees and plants.

Ability to:
  • organize and delegate assignments;
  • recognize and diagnose plant diseases;
  • identify insect destruction and the necessary corrective actions;
  • follow instructions;
  • perform heavy lifting and physical labor;
  • operate motorized vehicles, hand and power tools, and related equipment;
  • obtain a pesticide applicator license.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

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.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FLE

Y ou must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us


" An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Grounds Crew Leader/Specialist