October 22, 2019

Employment

Hand County is an “Equal Opportunity Employer“.  All positions in the county require at least two weeks of publication in the official newspaper, The Miller Press.  Positions may also be listed on the South Dakota Department of Labor website.

Hand County Employment Notice on D.O.L.

Hand County reserves the right to re-advertise without notice to current applicants in order to broaden the applicant pool.


October 1, 2019 (Seeking full-time 4-H advisor / youth educator)

The commissioners of Hand County are seeking an ambitious person to be our 4-H Advisor.

  • Starting pay is $2,788 per pay period (monthly salary)
  • Work is based on 40 hour, 5 days week.
    • Generally:  Courthouse hours are 8a to 5p daily, one-hour lunch.
    • Some flex time available to accommodate evening or weekend duties when needed.
    • Benefits include:
      • Paid federal holidays (and other days as provided by law)
      • Annual Leave (increasing with longevity)
      • Health Insurance for the employee, options for family and dependents (value:  $10,000 annually)
      • Vision Insurance on shared basis
      • Dental Insurance on shared basis
      • Access to AFLAC supplemental coverages
      • South Dakota State Retirement System (6% employee, matched by employer)
      • Access to county vehicle for travel
      • Secure, clean and friendly work environment
      • Longevity Pay after five years of employment
    • Must have a valid driver’s license in South Dakota or be able to get one upon hire.
    • Must pass a background check for civil, criminal and child abuse issues.
    • Must have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field.
    • Must be able to lift 50 pounds unattended, stand for extended periods of time, speak in group settings.
    • Must have computer skills in MS-Windows, MS-Office, email, and word processing.
    • Must be able to work alone, stay on task and complete assignments without supervision.
  • The 4-H Director is supervised by the Hand County Board of County Commissioners with oversight from the county 4-H Advisory Board.  The auditor acts as clerk for the commission and can receive questions related to the position.  The phone number is 605-853-2182 or by email at [email protected] (ask for Doug).
  • The 4-H Director will work with school aged children, their parents, and other adults to facilitate the programs at the county, region and state level.  Participation in these events and with the children is vital to success in the program.  Applicants should be able to perform all of the tasks asked of the children so there is some physicality to the performance of the job.  This may including bending, reaching, standing, pushing, pulling or remaining stationary for extended periods of time.  The lifting requirement of 50 pounds is to allow for moving of products, furniture and most importantly, children should there be an emergency.  Basic first aid is a plus but can be provided after hire.  This would include CPR, use of AED and basic first aid of injuries.
  • Exposure to harsh weather is also a reality of a 4-H Advisor.  There are days when it is well below zero with even lower wind-chill and there are days when the temperature exceeds 100 with heat index values 10 or more degrees higher.  There is a lot of weather in between.  A successful applicant will need to be able to perform in all weather conditions while working programs and during travel.  The county has a four wheel drive SUV available.  Efforts will be made to avoid such harsh conditions but there are times when it is unavoidable and the director should be prepared.
  • The 4-H Director will be a seen in the public and is expected to interact in a professional manner which would not bring undo criticism to the person, the position or the employer.  Personal behavior while at work and while off work should always reflect the high standards consistent with values taught in the program and to children.  Good leadership skills, rapport building, roll modeling and good citizen are a hallmark trait of a good educator.  This includes appropriate use of social media and interactions within and out of the community.
  • Duties to be performed include:
    • Management of the financial affairs of the office (paying bills, collecting debts, managing expenditures with budget confines)
    • Management of office and county property to ensure usability, accountability and security.
    • Customer service at the office, during meetings, presentations and events whether on-site or off-site.
    • Creation and manipulation of printed materials for advertising, productivity, instruction and record keeping.
    • Oral communications skills which allow for pleasant interactions, effective information gathering and sharing, and presentations. The ability to work with children, their parents, the community and the governing board in a meaningful and productive manner.
    • Familiarization with 4-H and youth education platforms.  Programming from the past, present and into the future.  An open mind to a changing world.
    • Being present in the office for walk-in and telephonic requests.  A part of the time will be dedicated to office hours and to out-of-office duties.  Time management skills will be tested during certain times of the year.
    • There is some light maintenance and cleaning required of the director.  There is no regular support staff but the courthouse does provide basic custodial services.
    • Problem solving.  The director will be presented with a lot of questions from people seeking answers.  An attitude of “Let’s figure it out” will prevail over an attitude of “I don’t know”.
    • There may be other duties assigned as the program grows.  The ability to adapt and learn and promote one’s self will be a key feature to success.

 

Please complete this MS-WORD document to apply.  A detailed resume may be sent initially but eventually an applicant must fill out this form.


July 8, 2019 (Seeking Part-time seasonal)

South Dakota Department of Labor Announcement

The Hand County Highway Department is seeking applicants for a seasonal equipment operator / general laborer.

  • Starting pay is $14 per hour. Sliding pay scale depending on length of employment.
  • Work up to or slightly over 40 hours per week.
    • No benefits while seasonal.
    • Does provide workers compensation as required by law.
    • No paid leave or holiday pay.
  • Four day work week (7a to 5:30 pm) / off on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be 18 years or older.
  • Must have or be able to acquire a commercial driver license for continued employment.
  • May work into a full time position for the right applicant.
  • Must be able to work in hot or cold, dusty and dirty environments, exposure to chemicals and petroleum products.
  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds unattended and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Subject to a back ground check (additional information may be needed post-hire).
  • Must complete the forms found below in “Employee Forms”.

The Hand County Highway Department is supervised by Jeff Hargens.  Specific questions can be directed to the highway department by calling 605-853-3292 Monday through Thursday from 9a to 4p.  The office is closed Friday-Sunday.

The employees of the highway department work in the country and will generally eat their lunch while on the road.  Access to towns is often limited and applicants should aware of this ahead of time.  Employees of the highway department can be exposed to harsh environments, prolonged standing or sitting, lifting and stretching.  Employees should be physically capable of performing all required employment tasks.

Examples of work performed:

  • Operating vehicles from pickups, tandem axle trucks, loaders, road graders, power brooms, payment rollers, tractors.
  • Sweeping, shoveling, raking, digging building materials, dirt, asphalt, gravel, sand, and debris.
  • Record keeping.  Notes on projects, time cards, projects cards, and inventory / equipment used.
  • Directing traffic, setting of cones, barricades, flags, signs or other traffic control devices.
  • Working in all weather conditions, any time of year, any hour of the day.
  • Working in noisy environments for random periods of time.
  • Use of two way radios for coordination or equipment and manpower.
  • Cleaning of equipment interiors, exteriors, buildings and grounds, shop and office areas.
  • Light mechanical work on engines, hydraulics, drive trains, plows, attachments, electronics.
  • Light building trades involving construction of small structures, bracing, fencing, barricades, or other items made of wood or metal.
  • Working cooperatively under employees with more experience, recognizing seniority and longevity.
  • Problem solving.  Recognizing problems before they happen, developing solutions and alternatives indepnedantly or in teams.

Please complete this MS-WORD document to apply.


June 18, 2019 (closes July 8, 2019)  (FILLED)

The Hand County Highway Department is seeking applicants for a seasonal equipment operator / general laborer.

  • Starting pay is $14 per hour. Sliding pay scale depending on length of employment.
  • Work up to or slightly over 40 hours per week.
    • No benefits while seasonal.
    • Does provide workers compensation as required by law.
    • No paid leave or holiday pay.
  • Four day work week (7a to 5:30 pm) / off on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be 18 years or older.
  • Must have or be able to acquire a commercial driver license for continued employment.
  • May work into a full time position for the right applicant.
  • Must be able to work in hot or cold, dusty and dirty environments, exposure to chemicals and petroleum products.
  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds unattended and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Subject to a back ground check (additional information may be needed post-hire).
  • Must complete the forms found below in “Employee Forms”.

The Hand County Highway Department is supervised by Jeff Hargens.  Specific questions can be directed to the highway department by calling 605-853-3292 Monday through Thursday from 9a to 4p.  The office is closed Friday-Sunday.

The employees of the highway department work in the country and will generally eat their lunch while on the road.  Access to towns is often limited and applicants should aware of this ahead of time.  Employees of the highway department can be exposed to harsh environments, prolonged standing or sitting, lifting and stretching.  Employees should be physically capable of performing all required employment tasks.

Examples of work performed:

  • Operating vehicles from pickups, tandem axle trucks, loaders, road graders, power brooms, payment rollers, tractors.
  • Sweeping, shoveling, raking, digging building materials, dirt, asphalt, gravel, sand, and debris.
  • Record keeping.  Notes on projects, time cards, projects cards, and inventory / equipment used.
  • Directing traffic, setting of cones, barricades, flags, signs or other traffic control devices.
  • Working in all weather conditions, any time of year, any hour of the day.
  • Working in noisy environments for random periods of time.
  • Use of two way radios for coordination or equipment and manpower.
  • Cleaning of equipment interiors, exteriors, buildings and grounds, shop and office areas.
  • Light mechanical work on engines, hydraulics, drive trains, plows, attachments, electronics.
  • Light building trades involving construction of small structures, bracing, fencing, barricades, or other items made of wood or metal.
  • Working cooperatively under employees with more experience, recognizing seniority and longevity.
  • Problem solving.  Recognizing problems before they happen, developing solutions and alternatives indepnedantly or in teams.

Please complete this MS-WORD document to apply.


Employee Forms (for current employees)

Upon hire, all employees must complete the following forms / items:

Form I9:  Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form Fill PDF)

Form I9:  Instructions for Completing Form (15 pages)

IRS Form W-4: 2019 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form Fill PDF)

Emergency Management Institutes ICS courses transcript request form.

 

References:

2018-2019 South Dakota Labor and Employment Laws (PDF)

2019 First Report Of Injury (SD EForm 1830 V2 / Form Fill PDF)

Weather Emergencies / Outdoor Warning Sirens  (From Pennington County)

Sign up for South Dakota Amber Alerts

Sign up for South Dakota Missing / Blue Alerts

South Dakota Statewide Wage and Benefit Survey for 2019 (Compiled by NECOG)

 

Employee Benefits:

2019.06.06 – Companion Life Policy (Provided by the County to Employees)

2019.07.08 – Companion Life Policy (Provided to Full Time county employees)

2019-2020 Companion Life (Beneficiary Election Form) (Provided to Full Time county employees)

South Dakota First Report of Injury form (provided via SD-DOL)

Medical Records Release to Accompany the SDFROI form.

SDML-Work Comp & other Forms Website / Page

Employee Payroll Deduction List

Payroll Links:

South Dakota New Hire Reporting Page

South Dakota Retirement System—Authorized Agent Manual (90 pages, PDF)

South Dakota Retirement System – FORMS PAGE

Longevity Schedule