Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Wildland Firefighter

Rapid City, SD
Job ID: 17416 - Wildland Firefighter (Six Positions)
Agency: Department of Public Safety/Wildland Fire Division
Location: Rapid City
Salary: $14.14 - $15.15 per hour; depending on experience
Pay Grade: GD
Closing Date: 10/28/2021
This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Public Safety. For more information on the Department of Public Safety, please visit https://dps.sd.gov/ .

The Wildland Firefighter is the first-level worker and serves on a hand crew performing wildfire suppression and fuels reduction duties. The Wildland Firefighter may respond to wildland fires and to other emergencies, both locally and nationally.

This position works on wildfires and is exposed to burns, smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion, and extensive hard labor. This position also works in emergency situations and may be exposed to uncertain conditions, bad weather, hazardous materials, etc.; works on fuels reduction projects which require the use of power and hand tools which have an element of risk, hard labor, and exposure to falling trees; and works in rough terrain and adverse weather conditions.

Licenses and Certifications :
Must have a valid driver license. Must be able to pass the NWCG Arduous Work Capacity Test.

List of preferred education:
  • S-130/190 Basic Wildland Fire Fighter;
  • S-131 Advanced Fire Fighter;
  • S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Qualifications as an Type 1 Firefighter, a type 5 Incident Commander, and a type 3 Faller are preferred. At least two seasons of wildland fire experience, at least one season of wildland fire experience on a hand crew, and experience performing fuels mitigation/reduction projects.

Knowledge of:
  • power tools and equipment typically used in fire and emergency situations such as chain saws, axes, shovels, picks, etc.;
  • equipment maintenance and safety practices.

Ability to:
  • communicate effectively;
  • maintain required physical fitness standards.


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=FOF
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"

Wildland Firefighter