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SALARY: $12.75 /Hour 


The Minnehaha County Highway Department is currently accepting applications for several temporary highway and bridge maintenance positions for the summer.

A great outdoor summer job with full-time hours and 3-day weekends every week! 

The positions will work Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.  The tentative schedule is from May through August 2018 but some positions may be available sooner.

The posting will remain open until filled but review of the applications will begin on March 6, 2018.


Highway maintenance positions will perform semi-skilled labor on a specialty crew, maintenance crew or construction crew. Actual work duties performed will depend on the crew assignment but may include flagging, repairing fences, striping highways, mowing, asphalt paving, sealing, general clean up, delivering materials, loading/unloading materials, and other related duties.

Bridge maintenance positions will perform semi-skilled bridge maintenance on County bridges including deck repair using jackhammers, concrete tools and other various tools and equipment; cleaning debris in the river channel near bridge structures; installing or repairing guardrails; sandblasting and painting steel bridge girders, bearings and bridge rails; and other related duties.


High school diploma or GED. Applicants must be age 18 by the date of hire; must successfully complete a criminal background check; and must possess a valid driver's license and good driving record. Ability to perform strenuous physical labor, occasionally perform heavy lifting of 50lbs, and perform heavy manual work outdoors in varying weather conditions. Ability to understand and comply with verbal and written instructions and to maintain a variety of records. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.


Previous experience working for a highway department in construction, bridge maintenance, or vehicle maintenance or experience working in a similar environment.


SALARY: $19.47 - $20.97/Hour

Posting will close: 3/5/18 at 5:00 PM


The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office invites applications for an Office Manager to provide supervision and work direction to legal office assistants and clerical staff. This position also prepares legal papers, forms, and reports including summonses, complaints, motions, subpoenas, and briefs.

***Please attach a cover letter to your application.

Hiring range is $19.47 - $20.97/hour with full earning potential of $28.19/hour. 


Assist in hiring, training, and supervising legal office assistants and temporary and part-time clerical staff. Assign, prioritize, and supervise the workload of legal office assistants and clerical staff. Conduct employee performance evaluations. Coordinate employee schedules. Prepare and track employee leave for timesheet. Submit department timesheet for processing. Review employment applications, schedule and conduct interviews, and make hiring recommendations. Prepare and update legal papers, forms, reports, and other items of a legal nature including complaints, summonses, motions, subpoenas and briefs. Compose and prepare routine correspondence. Assist in filing legal documents. Attend meetings. Take and transcribe notes and dictation. Make arrangements and prepare schedule for coverage of various legal proceedings. Schedule cases. Manage daily list of jailed defendants. Track police reports. Gather information for attorneys. Enter codes and case information. Log and track reports and case information. Create, prepare, and maintain files. Make file copies. Sort and separate files. Develop, maintain, and manage filing, file storage systems, and other information management systems for the accurate and effective recording, storage, retrieval, and use of case data. Oversee purchasing of office equipment, supplies, and materials. Maintain office supply inventory. Prepare Minnehaha County vouchers for processing and payment.


High school diploma or GED plus one year of post high school training in a legal secretarial or related field with seven years of progressively responsible legal secretarial work experience OR comparable combination of education and experience.  Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures and legal terminology. Skill in taking and transcribing notes accurately and rapidly. Ability to plan and direct the work of others. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.  Must successfully complete pre-employment background process.


Associate's or Bachelor's degree in business or closely related field.  Working knowledge of the criminal justice system, court filing procedures. Previous supervisory experience.


SALARY: $21.49 - $23.14/Hour

Posting will close: 3/2/18 at 5:00 PM


Minnehaha County Human Services invites applications for the position of Caseworker for the Synergy program. Synergy is a program offering intensive case management to families experiencing homelessness in the Sioux Falls area. This position's purpose is to deliver effective, person-centered case management services that promote life-long connections and effective life management for families experiencing homelessness. Responsibilities include assessing needs, identifying resources, and coordinating support services to acquire assistance with meeting basic needs.


Perform intensive case management and provide human services assistance including assessing individual client needs, determining eligibility for assistance, adapting services to meet the client's needs, and providing information concerning other supportive services. Interview individual clients to obtain information concerning immediate personal or family needs. Review and verify application information. Research programs and options for assistance. Assist in the formulation of a plan concerning other supportive services. Resolve conflicts between needs and resources. Coordinate provision of services. Provide information regarding a variety of human services or refer clients to appropriate agencies. Maintain professional case records for human services applicants and clients served. Enter client case data. Compile correspondence for a variety of medical and emergency services issues. Monitor statistical data and compile and present reports. Assist in the development and planning of various aspects of a program. Contact agencies, businesses, and other appropriate parties to provide and develop services or resources for program clients. Attend meetings, training conferences, and workshops. Communicate and collaborate with colleagues within human services and other related agencies. Acquire accurate and up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation impacting services provided to clients. Transport clients on a limited basis to support access to medical care, housing, employment, and other supportive services.


Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, or related human service field. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Training and/or experience in crisis intervention, chemical dependency, and mental health. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Basic knowledge of modern social work theory and practices and the ability to set up and follow through with case management plans. Awareness of and ability to work effectively with clients of diverse ages, races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal directions. Ability to work rotating "on call" schedule. Will be required to carry a cell phone to be available for work outside of regular schedule. Must be available to work at all times during the "on call" schedule and therefore must not be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Must demonstrate team participation and embrace a work place philosophy that enriches staff's ability to reach goals, and provide a high level of customer service. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, community providers, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.


Three or more years of work experience in a similar position.


SALARY: $2,552.00 - $3,032.80 Biweekly


         The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office is looking for a prosecutor to join our top performing team of attorneys.  Supported by experienced investigators, victim/witness assistants, paralegals, and legal office assistants, our attorneys enjoy a strong sense of camaraderie working in a think tank of legal minds.

     Minnehaha County prosecutors are an integral part of the criminal justice system closely collaborating with law enforcement, probation, parole, juvenile justice centers, and numerous community agencies.  With a high volume caseload in a fast-paced environment, our office provides an intriguing challenge for attorneys who want to make a difference in their community by helping victims of crime and ensuring due process for the accused.  Even our new attorneys experience the excitement of a job regularly engaged in hands-on courtroom trial work. 

     Attorneys who work in the Minnehaha County State's Attorney's office have had impressive accomplishments!  Two of our former attorneys have been appointed as magistrate judges and another serves as a circuit court judge.  Since 2002, six of our prosecutors have been named South Dakota State's Attorney's Association's Prosecutor of the Year.

     To be considered for this extraordinary opportunity, submit your application today.  Contact us for more information, or with questions, at 605-367-4337.

Posting to remain open until all positions are filled. Application review begins on February 21, 2018.


         This vacancy will be filled at either a Deputy State's Attorney or a Senior Deputy State's Attorney level, depending on our selected candidate's level of experience.  (Click on the job titles for complete job descriptions and a list of qualifications.)

     Compensation for appointment as a Deputy State's Attorney will be between $2,552.00 - $2,615.20/bi-weekly. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy State's Attorney requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, and compensation will be between $2,681.60 - $3,032.80/bi-weekly dependent upon qualifications.  Full earning potential for position is $3,695.20/bi-weekly.

     We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous PTO program; extended sick leave program; inclusion into the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS); and an optional deferred compensation plan.  Our insurance rates for single, E+1, & family are highly competitive!  (Contact HR for more information at 605-367-4337.)


SALARY: $13.00 /Hour

Posting will close: 3/16/18 at 5:00 PM


The Minnehaha County Highway Department is seeking two seasonal employees to conduct and update our culvert inventory and records. This work entails assessing the conditions of concrete and metal culverts located on approximately 350 miles of county highways. This pair of interns would be outside and away from the office about 90% of the time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., four days a week, Monday through Thursday. All weekends are three-day weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. There are two summer internships available that will begin in mid-May 2018 and end in mid-August 2018.

This is a very good opportunity for GIS majors to gain hands-on experience collecting field data using ESRI products which are used as part of a highway agency's asset management system. For the engineering students, it is a good opportunity to learn how a culvert's condition impacts drainage and pavement performance over time.


Must be enrolled in a college or university working towards a geography/GIS degree or an engineering degree. Must have a valid driver's license with a safe driving record.  Must be able to work independently in hot weather and walk down steep slopes and traverse rocky or slippery terrain on foot. Must be able to use a measuring tape with accuracy. A working knowledge of ArcGIS and/or other ESRI products and Apple iOS is beneficial.


All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.

SALARY: $9.25 /Hour

Posting will close: 2/23/18 at 5:00 PM


The Siouxland Heritage Museums is a joint county-city museum system which includes the Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Museum. The Old Courthouse Museums is the former Minnehaha County Courthouse which opened in 1890 at Sixth Street and Main Avenue. The 1889 Pettigrew Home and its later museum gallery additions are located on the corner of Eighth Street and Duluth Avenue. Both buildings underwent restoration in the late 1980's and further improvements continue whenever funding permits. The organization is committed to the ideal that museums are learning institutions which collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit collections of regional significance.

There are two summer internships available that will begin in mid-May 2018 and end in mid-August 2018.

Please attach a cover letter and resume to the application.


The Siouxland Heritage Museums has established an internship program to provide college students or recent graduates with practical experience working in the museum field. This internship is an introduction to museum work and offers the opportunity to work with and learn from museum professionals in collections management, exhibits management, and educational programming.


Must be currently enrolled, or a recent graduate of, a degree program in the areas of history, education, art, or museum studies. Selected applicants will work 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. Some evening and/or weekend work may be required.


SALARY:  $2,552.00 - $3,032.80 Biweekly

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is seeking a compassionate Deputy Public Defender/Senior Deputy Public Defender with excellent advocacy skills who is committed to ensuring justice, humanity, and equality to indigent clients appearing in the criminal and juvenile justice system.

***Please attach a cover letter to the online application.

The hiring range is $2,552.00 - $3,032.80/biweekly with full earning potential up to $3,695.20/biweekly.

Posting will remain open until filled with review of applications beginning February 12, 2018.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:Prepare and manage a caseload. Present misdemeanor, felony, and mental commitment cases. Provide legal advice and assistance to clients. Attend legal proceedings. Make recommendations on sentences. Perform appellate work. Provide representation to clients for felony and misdemeanor cases, appeals, abuse and neglect proceedings, mental committal hearings, involuntary committal hearings, and juvenile cases. Meet and communicate with clients.  Interview witnesses. Obtain reports and records. Review police reports, grand jury transcripts, and all other case discovery. Examine evidence and investigate claims. Assist clients with treatment programs, court ordered classes, or counseling. Perform legal research and writing; draft, prepare, and file legal documents and correspondence. Interview defendants to ascertain case facts. Arrange pretrial investigations with paralegals and other office staff. Correlate findings and prepare case. Conduct case. Examine and cross examine witnesses. Summarize case to the jury.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a college of law and attainment of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Admission by the Supreme Court of South Dakota to practice law in the State of South Dakota; be licensed to practice law in any other state and able to take the next bar examination offered in South Dakota; or be a recent law school graduate, eligible to sit for the next available South Dakota bar examination. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Working knowledge of civil and criminal law, court procedures, and the principles and practices of legal research. Ability to work with a diverse population and be attentive to the needs of the clientele. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy Public Defender requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrates a commitment to working with the indigent accused and to providing social advocacy to the clientele served by the Public Defender's Office.


SALARY: $17.63 - $18.99/Hour

Posting will remain open until filled. Review of applications to begin January 29, 2018.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center invites applications for a Juvenile Correctional Officer I to perform entry level professional work in the supervision, care, guidance, and custody of juveniles detained by the courts. Responsibilities include ensuring a safe and secure environment for all juveniles in the facility, observing and supervising all aspects of daily living, enforcing disciplinary policies, and encouraging positive behavior; and assisting with the Community Supervision program as necessary.

Standard shift times are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. to provide coverage in a 24/7 operation. The current available shifts are the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Shifts may include some overnights, weekends, and holidays.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:Supervise and observe juveniles in activities including educational instruction, meal periods, personal hygiene, laundry, visitations, and phone calls. Give personal guidance and employ methods to reduce tension and anxiety in juveniles. Enforce facility and disciplinary rules. Complete proper documentation for warrants, incident reports, daily activity logs, admissions, releases, reports, and observations of juveniles' overall behavior. Assist in food preparation, kitchen duties, and cleaning of classrooms, showers, and laundry areas. Assist in facility maintenance and operation. Provide guidance, crisis counseling, and mediation to youth inside the facility, as well as youth and families on community supervision. De-escalate volatile situations using non-violent crisis intervention. Assist with Community Supervision program by checking on youth placed on the community supervision program; communicate with Juvenile Placement Coordinator and other staff regarding need for referrals on youth supervised in the community; and install and remove electronic monitoring devices as directed. Collaborate with community resources providers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social science, or related field and one year of related work experience. Comparable combination of education or experience may be considered. Must possess a valid driver's license. Must maintain a safe driving record. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and physical. Basic knowledge of the growth, development, needs, and problems of adolescents. Ability to work effectively with juveniles by gaining their confidence and respect. Ability to sense, evaluate and manage tense group situations as they develop.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with adolescents or juveniles in a variety of environments.

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415 N Dakota Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57104

605-367-4337 [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]

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