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Assists in the management of the ERT including the volunteer and full-time members, and all aspects of training involving underground operations.
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Position Summary

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) Supervisor will assist in the management of the ERT including the volunteer members (20 personnel) and full-time members (11 personnel), and all aspects of training involving underground operations at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The ERT Supervisor will be responsible for developing and standing-up an underground Mine Rescue competition team. This role requires developing and scheduling activities that achieve industry leading results. The ERT Supervisor reports to the Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Director and coordinates closely with all other SDSTA departments to ensure safety and optimization of underground and surface operations.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Leads the ERT and ensures the team is ready for emergencies typical of underground and surface operations:

  • Professional development of the Surface or Underground Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • Selects ERT members and ensures diversity in skills.
  • ERT training and equipment needs assessments ensuring a diversity of skills.
  • Maintains site emergency response equipment and facilities.
  • Coordinates site emergency preparedness training and readiness.
  • Supports, sustains and improves upon Incident Command Center (ICC) training.
  • Surface or underground team rescue training plans.
  • Assists with the maintenance of Emergency Medical Services training plan, certification, licensing, and permitting.
  • ERT budget development and management.
  • Evaluates with team coordinators the training needs for emergency services personnel and building those requirements into an annual training schedule.

Leads the development, maintenance, and implementation of the SURF Emergency Response Program.

  • Develops, reviews and revises site Emergency Response Plan and incident pre-plans annually or as needed.
  • Brings to the attention of the site Senior Leadership as soon as practical any deficiencies to the site Emergency Response Plan that exposes the site to unacceptable risk.
  • Communicates and maintains relations with outside or third-party emergency response services that may respond to assist with site incidents.
  • Leads ERT and the SURF staff, contractors and researchers to respond to emergencies in accordance with SURF Emergency Response Program plans to protect human life, prevent

personal injury, protect the environment, and minimize property damage.

  • Provides necessary training for ERT members to be ready for any emergency at SURF.
  • Maintains all ERT related records and documentation.
  • Ensures all training and ERT physicals are current and supportive of the requirements for a certified ERT at all times.
  • Plans and conducts emergency response drills and exercises to enhance skills and readiness for the ERT and the SURF population.
  • Establishes and maintains agreements with regional and local community and emergency response entities to enhance responsiveness and depth of the ERT. Ensures these entities are familiar with SURF and the associated risks and response plans.

Ensures that full-time ERT staff are actively engaged in secondary site support activities as necessary.

  • Performs Safety & Health on-call responsibilities.
  • Provides backup personnel support to Security/Access Control.
  • Provides backup support for infrastructure monitoring of fans, pumps, waste water treatment, snow removal, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supports the implementation of the SURF safety program for underground and surface operations.

  • Recognizes when SURF ESH regulations and standards are not being followed and supports development and implementation of corrective actions to support a culture of safety at SURF.
  • Prepares safety training materials and participates in tool box safety talks with field staff.
  • Documents, organizes, and completes incident reports, participates in incident investigations, and supports implementation of corrective actions.
  • Works closely with the ESH Department members in the communication of all safety issues.

Inspects, evaluates and recognizes hazards. Implements controls.

  • Performs routine (scheduled and unscheduled) inspections and evaluations of underground and surface operations including science research activities.
  • Utilizes knowledge of MSHA, OSHA and DOE, regulations and standards to recognize hazards, develop corrective actions, and implement controls.
  • Mitigates hazards, answers safety questions, and implements engineering safety solutions that meet complex safety requirements.

Desired Qualifications


  • 5+ years of experience in the training of underground competition Mine Rescue Teams, emergency response, underground safety work, or similar experience is desired. Demonstrated leadership in developing and fostering a culture of safety in underground operations.


  • OSHA regulations.
  • MSHA regulations.
  • Strong understanding of NIMS and the ICS.
  • Pass BATF requirements to fulfill the role of responsible person.
  • Electronic and non-electric blasting systems.
  • Safety systems utilized during pumping of bulk products.
  • Conducting development blasting applications.
  • Excavation operations, seismograph operations.
  • Overall blast design and safety procedures.
  • Ventilation concepts to include conducting ventilation checks and surveys.
  • Medical injury reporting and mitigation.
  • Team leadership and team dynamics.
  • Mine Rescue Trainer (Competition Teams).


  • 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 lead a team 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:

  • 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 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.
  • Drive pick-up truck on a daily basis or use underground transportation.
  • 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.