Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Highway Patrol Trooper

Statewide, SD
Job ID: 16677
Agency: Department of Public Safety - Division of Highway Patrol
Location: Statewide - multiple locations
Salary: $23.00 per hour, plus additional $2.00 per hour night shift differential and $2.00 per hour weekend differential.
Pay Grade: L03
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

For more information on the South Dakota Highway Patrol, please visit http://dps.sd.gov/enforcement/highway_patrol/default.aspx .

The South Dakota Highway Patrol (SDHP) is seeking men and women of honor, integrity, high moral, and ethical character to serve the citizens of South Dakota as State Troopers.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol will be offering a $5,000 hiring incentive to current certified law enforcement officers from in and out of state or to those who are reciprocity eligible and pass the reciprocity exam and skills testing and are selected for employment with SDHP. For additional information please contact Lieutenant Tony Maunu at 605.773.2231. Inquiries may also be emailed to: highwaypatrolcareers@state.sd.us

Applicants :

Please follow these application instructions.
  • Submit an electronic employment application.
  • Submit proof of law enforcement certification or reciprocity eligibility (if applicable).

  • Applicants are no longer required to take the South Dakota Law Enforcement written test as part of the application process

    Questionnaire : Applicants will be required to answer a series of job related questions when submitting an application for this job.
    All applicants selected to advance in the selection process will be notified by the SDHP and will be required to travel to Pierre, for physical fitness testing and initial interviews.

    Alternate testing locations may be considered.

    Actual dates and locations will be assigned by the SDHP.

    The SDHP has new physical fitness standards that can be viewed at: https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/law-enforcement/highway-patrol-trooper/physical-requirements/ .

    Successful applicants will be required to undergo an intensive background investigation and medical examination.

    Applicants selected for second interviews may be required to travel to Pierre. Actual dates will be assigned by the SDHP.

    Applicants selected for employment who are not law enforcement certified in South Dakota are scheduled to participate in a 23 week training program in Pierre.

    Applicants selected for employment who are currently law enforcement certified officers in South Dakota or out of state certified or reciprocity eligible who have passed the reciprocity exam and skills testing will participate in a 10 week training program in Pierre.

    Position Requirements: This position requires graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Competitive examinations are open to applicants who meet the requirements fixed by the Civil Service Commission with regard to education, experience, physical condition, and other factors relating to the performance of the duties of the position. The requirements include the following:
    • United States citizenship;
    • attainment of at least 21 years of age by the appointment date;
    • possession of or ability to obtain a South Dakota driver's license;
    • possess at least 20/20 binocular vision with or without corrective lenses. Color, depth, and field of view must be normal as determined by an optometric examination;
    • using the average of readings at 500, 1000, and 3000 Hz, hearing shall be at a decibel loss of no more than 35db in each ear uncorrected;
    • applicant shall be free of any chronic disease or organic or functional defect, as determined by a medical examination, that would impair performance of the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation;
    • applicant shall be capable of passing physical agility tests, push-ups, sit-ups, vertical jump, and one and one-half mile run;
    • the applicant shall comply with the South Dakota Highway Patrol tattoo, body piercing, and body modification policy.


    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.

    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 B retirement under SDRS.

    Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=EQ4
    You 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"

    Highway Patrol Trooper