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The field team is responsible for Rescue/Recovery Operations, Emergency Medical Response, Fire Mitigation, Fire/Injury Prevention, Hazard Mitigation, Exploration, Health and Safety inspections.

Position Summary

The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) owns and operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The Emergency Response Team (ERT) Field Technician is responsible for Emergency Medical Response, Rescue/Recovery Operations, Fire Mitigation, Health and Safety Inspections, Fire and Injury Prevention, Hazard Mitigation, Exploration and other duties as assigned. Supports the implementation and operation of the SURF safety program for both underground and surface activities. This support includes assisting the safe performance of science research at SURF.

Line of Authority

The ERT Field Technician reports directly to the ERT Supervisor.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Trains and operates under MSHA part 49 Mine Rescue and OSHA 1926.800 Underground Construction standards. Assists ERT Supervisor with training implementation and documentation. Members shall be qualified in emergency medical response, technical rescue procedures, use and limitations of breathing apparatus, underground firefighting procedures, and hazardous materials response.
  • Participates in in-house training programs to attain recognized certifications pertinent to position.
  • Operates rescue equipment including Drager BG-4 CCR apparatus, high angle rope rescue equipment, confined space rescue equipment, lifting bags, thermal imaging camera, fall protection equipment, fire extinguishers, emergency medical equipment and AEDs.
  • 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.
  • Conducts physical security operations.
  • Operates mobile and stationary equipment including rail locomotives, ATVs, skid-steers, LHDs, 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 life safety inspections of surface and underground work areas.
  • Conducts general ESH Department duties including development of JHAs and SOPs, review of policies, participating in and/or conducting work related training classes, recording and documenting ERT training, exercises and inspections.
  • ERT Field Technician  may assist with Infrastructure or Facilities Technician job functions as needed.
  • Follows safety policies and requirements. Communicates potentially dangerous areas or situations to coworkers. Documents and reports any possible safety issues and/or incidents. Safely manages hazardous materials.
  • Manages materials. Records material intake and usage. Coordinates transport of materials. Monitors air and gas levels within the underground. Reports material inventories to ensure proper material orders.
  • Prepares materials and supplies. Stages materials to be moved. Gives directions to others to ensure conformance to safety regulations. Maintains supply storage areas, equipment and supplies.
  • Assists in setting up and operating a variety of equipment and other machinery.


The ERT Field Technician has the following accountabilities:

  • To the ERT Supervisor for ensuring ERT needs are met and conveying information regularly concerning progress on the ERT Field Technician responsibilities and fulfilling all safety requirements in compliance with SDSTA Policies.
  • To the ERT for ensuring all members of the team are working together to support the implementation and operation of the SURF safety program for both underground and surface activities.
  • To the SDSTA staff and SURF users for assisting with the safe performance of research and to create an inclusive culture of collaboration and mutual respect.       


The ERT Field Technician has the following authorities:

  • To stop work upon recognition of a condition that presents imminent danger to the health and safety of staff, the public or the environment.



  • High school diploma or GED is required.


  • Experience working in mining industry or related field.
  • Desired qualifications or training include Fire and/or EMS operations, facilities and physical security and or mine rescue operations.
  • Knowledge of OSHA and MSHA standards as well as environmental, safety and health policies are helpful.
  • Experience in use of computer-based tools such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is desired.
  • Prior military service is a plus.


Must be qualified or willing to obtain certification in the following:

  • National Registry or South Dakota EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic.
  • Rope Rescue Technician.
  • MSHA Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue.
  • ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800.
  • Confined Space Rescue.
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) or US EPA hazardous material (Hazmat) training.
  • OSHA 30-hour Construction Course.
  • CPR/AED Instructor.


  • Attention to Detail—Ability to maintain constant awareness of surroundings and ensures tasks are completed carefully and accurately.
  • Communication—Communicates effectively and clearly with a wide range of audiences in both written and oral form,
  • Continuous Learning—Ability to keep up to date on state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to site safety.
  • Decision Making—Assesses situations, evaluates options and chooses most appropriate course of action.
  • Initiative—Ability to persist despite difficult conditions and to make suggestions for improvements.
  • Problem-Solving—Ability to determine the root-cause of a problem, investigates and analyzes complex information and identifies, prioritizes and selects alternatives for a solution.
  • Organization—Plans ahead and works in a systematic, organized way and presents complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Teamwork—Ability to work cooperatively and supports others in the workgroup as well as represents SDSTA in a professional manner to all customers, vendors and staff.
  • Team 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 performs well under stress as a cohesive unit. Takes charge, initiates action, works cooperatively and provides motivation and guidance to others when needed.

Working Requirements

  • Proof of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Comply with SDSTA’s safety program.
  • Act in accordance with SDSTA’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.
  • Work in all types of environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).  
  • Perform work in the SURF underground laboratory and mine environment at depths up to 5000 feet.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolding and in confined places.
  • Perform strenuous physical labor and lifting of heavy items up to 100 pounds at times.
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Wear Closed Circuit Breathing Apparatus.
  • Use computerized equipment/technology, telephone, cell phone, and other electronic devices.
  • Acquire and maintain EMS certification.
  • Pass a BATF background check.
  • Meet annual ERT physical requirements as required in SURF policies.
  • Work shifts, weekends, holidays and callouts as scheduled.

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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