Grounds Supervisor

State Of South Dakota Yankton , SD 57078

Posted 5 months ago

Job ID: 11653

Agency: Department of Social Services/South Dakota Human Services Center/Physical Plant

Salary: $15.96 per hour

Pay Grade: GG

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

For more information on the Department of Social Services, please visit

This position directs grounds maintenance activities by supervising personnel and coordinating and scheduling grounds maintenance projects, to include overseeing snow removal operations, estimating costs for new projects, ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment, and inspecting work in progress and completed to ensure state grounds are properly cared for and maintained. The person chosen for this position must work independently, as well as work with and direct the work of others. The ideal candidate will have experience in grounds maintenance and heavy equipment operation and be willing to obtain a certification for pesticide and herbicide application. Candidates must be able to work outside and be willing to perform their duties during inclement weather. Assigned tasks may be physically strenuous and completion of tasks might require work outside of the regular work day. It is expected that a successful candidate will supervise and participate in concrete and pipe laying, trench digging, furniture or equipment moving, snow removal, and other grounds maintenance, nursery, or greenhouse operations to provide quality grounds maintenance. This employee will also have the responsibility to know ground maintenance issues that require collaboration and coordination among all maintenance and operations staff. The HSC physical plant is committed to providing the highest standard of customer service for its customer, fellow staff members, clients, and visitors.

Working hours for this position are primarily Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. but may vary according to needs of the facility. Successful candidate must possess a valid driver license.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:

  • gardening, grounds maintenance, and nursery operations;
  • herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer application;
  • irrigation systems;
  • occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.

Ability to:

  • supervise;
  • lead a team of people;
  • work independently;
  • ensure successful completion of assigned tasks and projects;
  • keep records and reports;
  • design irrigation systems and landscape projects;
  • compile financial data, cost reports, and cost estimates to provide information for budget preparation;
  • appropriately coordinate, document, and communicate in a professional manner;
  • prepare cost estimates;
  • operate motorized vehicles;
  • obtain a valid driver's license, commercial driver's license, and pesticide applicator license.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening. 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 offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at:

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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Grounds Supervisor

State Of South Dakota