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We are recruiting for 6 full-time ERT roles with an emphasis on previous experience and expertise in underground and/or industrial environments.

Position Summary

The Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD., is enhancing our Emergency Response Team capabilities.  We are recruiting for 6 full-time ERT roles with an emphasis on previous experience and expertise in underground and/or industrial environments.

This role will have a primary focus of providing Emergency Response support for both surface and underground areas. The Emergency Response Team (ERT) members will be responsible for Rescue/Recovery Operations, Emergency Medical Response, Fire Mitigation, Fire and Injury Prevention, Hazard Mitigation, Health and Safety inspections and other duties as assigned. Supports the implementation and operation of the SURF safety program for both underground and surface activities.

Each ERT member will also be assigned secondary duties to further support the Environmental, Safety & Health team at SURF.  Desired secondary skills include: 4- Emergency Medical Technicians (Certified), 1- Electrician (licensed), 1- Master Rigger (Certified).

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Trains and operates under MSHA part 49 Mine Rescue and OSHA 1926.800 Underground Construction standards. Members shall be qualified in rescue procedures, use and limitations of breathing apparatus, emergency medical response, underground firefighting procedures and hazardous materials response.

Operation of rescue equipment including Drager BG-4 SCBA apparatus, high angle rope rescue equipment, confined space rescue equipment, lifting bags, thermal imaging camera, fall protection equipment, fire extinguishers, emergency medical equipment and AED’s.

Operates ventilation and atmospheric testing equipment including anemometers, multi-gas detectors, smoke tubes, stain tube gas detectors, sling psychrometer, wet/dry bulb thermometer.

Operates communications equipment including two-way radios, mine phones, telephones, computers and Con-Space communications system.

Operates mobile and stationary equipment including rail locomotives, ATV’s, skid-steers, LHD’s, fluid pumps, air compressors, generators, oxygen booster pumps, foam and smoke generators, winches, shaft conveyances, light vehicles, and forklifts.

Operates various types of hand tools including shovels, picks, saws, hammers, drills, torches, chain saws, impact wrenches and confined space equipment.

Conducts safety inspections of surface and underground work areas.

Assists in general ESH Department duties including development of JHA’s and SOP’s, review of policies, participating in and/or conducting work related training classes, recording and documenting ERT training, exercises and inspections.

ERT, Desired Qualifications


  • Experience in Mine Rescue operations
  • Experience in Fire and/or EMS operations
  • Experience in mining industry or related field
  • Experience and understanding of environmental, health and safety policies
  • Experience in electrical safety
  • Experience in chemical safety
  • Experience with Microsoft Office

Secondary Skills, Desired Qualifications

  • 4 – EMT’s
  • 1 – Electrician
  • 1 – Master Rigger

Desired Certifications

  • National Registry or South Dakota Emergency Medical Technician
  • Rope Rescue Technician
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Hazmat Operations or HAZWOPER
  • ICS 100, 200 and 700
  • CPR/AED Instructor
  • MSHA Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue
  • Certified Mine Safety Professional
  • Certified Safety Professional


  • Attention to Detail—ability to maintain constant awareness of surroundings and ensure tasks are completed carefully and accurately.
  • Organization—ability to plan effectively, prioritize tasks, manage time, and keep order and coordinate numerous activities. Ability to work in a stressful, deadline-oriented environment that requires complex, technical information and decision making.
  • Communication—ability to communicate well both orally and in writing and with a wide variety of people and presents complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Continuous learning—ability to keep up to date on state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to site safety.
  • Initiative—ability to persist despite difficult conditions and to make suggestions for improvements.
  • Teamwork—ability to work cooperatively and support others in the workgroup as well as represent SDSTA in a professional manner to all customers, vendors, and internal personnel.
  • Leadership—ability to effectively function as a team member under high stress emergency response situations in a manner that allows the team to focus and perform well under stress as a cohesive unit.

Work Requirements

Successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Maintain certification in the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Meet annual ERT physical requirements as required in SURF policies.
  • Perform strenuous physical labor and lift heavy items up to 100 pounds.
  • Work in all types of environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).
  • Operate heavy equipment and hand and power tools.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolding, and in confined places.
  • Work underground.
  • Work shifts, weekends, holidays and callouts as scheduled.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.
  • Use computerized equipment/technology, telephone, cell phone, and other electronic devices.
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Pass a BATF background check.

The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources.

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