Maintenance/Grounds Supervisor South Dakota State Government South Dakota State Government 49 reviews

Job ID: 15655
Agency: South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
Salary: $16.89 – $20.25 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GG
Closing Date: 02/19/2021

This is a full-time position with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA). For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit The position serves as the first line supervisor with decision making authority over all field staff performing assigned activities related to the core mission of the cemetery, to include interment operations (to include burial of caskets and cremains), grounds maintenance, physical plant maintenance, physical plant operations, equipment maintenance, equipment operations and the overall cemetery safety program. In providing technical supervision, the applicant exercises leadership responsibilities in addition to participating in assigned labor-related tasks.

The incumbent will perform duties both indoors and outdoors in all types of inclement weather including heat, humidity, rain, snow/sleet, with temperatures sometimes reaching 100+ degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and below zero in the winter that includes hazards involving working in and around open excavation, slippery and unstable ground surfaces and in and around operating equipment; may be exposed to chemicals, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, weed killers, and fertilizers; work in equipment bays, and may be exposed to noise and fumes from vehicles and equipment, as well as dirt, dust, and grease; possess the endurance sufficient to operate heavy motorized grounds, maintenance and construction equipment and vehicles and handle materials weighing up to 240 lbs. (e.g., headstones, caskets, furniture, motorized tamper, etc.); and perform work that may occur in awkward or strained positions and includes constantly reaching, bending, and turning in handling different sets of controls for the operation of equipment with attachments.

A valid driver's license is required.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Applicants with the ability to effectively deal with changing situations and circumstances, ranging from varying levels of interments, to equipment malfunctions, to inclement weather which accept operations, balancing workload between interments, grounds maintenance, etc. to accomplish the mission are preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • modern landscape planning principles;
  • groundskeeping and horticultural practices as applied to the proper landscaping of the cemetery grounds and surrounding group of public state-owned buildings;
  • the care of flowers, trees, and shrubs common to building grounds work; methods of cultivating, pruning, spraying, trimming, seeding and sodding; the materials and tools used in such work; and of ordinary plant diseases and pest control;
  • methods of minor repair to roads, parking lots and sidewalks and ability to prepare plans for projects to be conducted by an outside contractor;
  • motorized equipment, vehicles and tools sufficient to safely drive and operate them AND train assigned staff in safe motorized equipment, tool and vehicle operation;
  • the operation and maintenance of a large irrigation system that supplies water to plant material by way of a distribution design using main lines to convey the quantities of water required. Sub main lines that direct the water to separate control valve zones and lateral lines which ultimately distribute water to plant material through sprinklers, spray heads, bubblers, and drip emitters;
  • equipment and vehicle preventative maintenance techniques and requirements to effectively direct and supervise required preventative maintenance and minor repairs;
  • facility and building preventative maintenance techniques and requirements to effectively direct and supervise required preventative maintenance and minor repairs;
  • safety and accident prevention measures sufficient to identify safety hazards, make necessary repairs, and/or alert appropriate personnel.

Skill to:

  • use of a personal computer to write communications, prepare reports, compile work performance data, enter purchase order requests, compile data for monthly and quarterly reports, read and reply to electronic mail, etc.;
  • effectively communicate necessary to convey pertinent information to all levels of the organization and to the general public;
  • manipulate multiple equipment controls in maneuvering and operating motorized equipment with attachments;
  • maneuver and operate motorized equipment in close areas to avoid damage to headstones, trees, shrubs and other obstacles.

Ability to:

  • establish priorities and allocates time to keep pace with the workload, according to own judgment and direction of cemetery director;
  • be sensitive, tactful, diplomatic and responsive in dealing with fellow team members, vendors, staff and family members who may be distraught and emotional;
  • work in a team-based workplace and motivate and encourage employees to plan and complete projects using team-based skills;
  • establish deadlines, priorities, and work sequences;
  • interpret maintenance manuals, blue prints, or other publications and directives related to the types of maintenance of equipment, materials and supplies for mission requirements;
  • be persuasive in dealing with various customers;
  • prepare sketches, make estimates of work and materials, maintain working schedules, and inspect materials and work progress to determine conformity to plans and specifications.
  • supervise the work of assigned employees and volunteers on varied projects;
  • keep detailed accounts and records pertaining to work in order to complete detailed, recurring records and reports;
  • work from plans, specifications, defined cemetery operational standards and measures and the cemetery master plan;
  • operate heavy, medium, and light duty motorized vehicles (e.g., loader/backhoe, excavators, trucks, tractors, mowers, skid steer loaders, etc.) and equipment (chain saws, weed whips, tamper, etc.) with various attachments;
  • project cemetery needs and request purchase of needed supplies within a restricted budget;
  • understand and follow technical oral and written instructions;
  • answer routine questions for cemetery visitors.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment.

: 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 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 This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at:

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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