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SOUTH DAKOTA Department of
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
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523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
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South Dakota DENR

DENR Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities - Become Part of the DENR Team

photo of Lukus Leidholt"Working for the South Dakota DENR gives me the opportunity to help communities improve the quality of life and infrastructure the communities provide to South Dakotans. The staff that I work with are second to none. Together we create an enjoyable, productive work environment." - Lukus Leidholt, grant and loan specialist, graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD

DENR offers rewarding career, seasonal, and internship opportunities to individuals who want to make a difference.

The department's engineers, scientists, hydrologists, geologists and support staff protect public health and the state's environment and natural resources through their work in multidisciplinary teams to:

The department typically hires up to 12 full time professionals and 15 seasonal employees each year from a wide range of the scientific and engineering disciplines that include:

Engineers Scientists
- Agriculture
- Chemical
- Civil
- Environmental
- Geological
- Mining
- Hydrology
- Agriculture
- Biology
- Environmental
- Geology
- Microbiology

photo of Lucy Dahl“Working at DENR allows me to not only apply the skills and knowledge that I developed in college, but to work with a great group of people who share my interests and form a real community. I enjoy flexibility to work both in the office and out in the field and interact with a wide range of individuals on a daily basis."- Lucy Dahl, geologist, graduate of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

DENR encourages its employees to take advantage of training, professional organizations, conferences, and new on-the-job challenges to provide the skills, abilities, and experiences necessary to take advantage of promotional opportunities within the department. Engineers and environmental scientists can choose two different career paths; one is a technical career path and the other is management. Entry level engineer and environmental scientist positions both start out as level ones and then can progress in the technical career path to level two, three, four, or even five for engineers. If a management career path is chosen instead, scientists can branch off into Environmental Scientist Manager levels one and two positions while engineers can branch off into Engineering Manager levels one and three positions. Certain higher level engineering positions require employees to be a registered Professional Engineer in South Dakota. See the class specifications which describe the general duties, distinguishing features, and other information about all job classifications in state government on the Bureau of Human Resources web page at


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