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Sanford Underground Research Facility is looking to hire an Infrastructure Technician who is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and repair of surface and underground structures.
Open until filled.

Position Summary

The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) owns and operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The Infrastructure Technician is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and repair of surface and underground structures to ensure a safe environment and stable structure. Hoist Operations and Maintenance is a sub-department under the Hoists & Shafts Department that resides within the SDSTA Operations Division.

Line of Authority

The Infrastructure Technician reports directly to the Yates Shaft Superintendent or Ross Shaft Superintendent.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Maintaining and constructing underground structures and systems

  • Maintains and repairs existing structures (shaft steel and timber, ventilation, drainage, water, etc.) to ensure safety and compliance.
  • Reads and follows blueprints drafted by engineers to ensure proper placement and structure.
  • Constructs new underground structures (drills, blasts, mucks, roof bolts, etc.).
  • Builds and repairs track for track mounted equipment (pulleys, carts, etc.).
  • Installs and repairs pipes containing air, water, etc.
  • Ensures upkeep of ventilation system, underground water treatment facility, drainage system and other underground support systems.
  • General Construction: uses hand tools to manually remove, replace or repair large pieces of timber or steel structure that could weigh more than 100 pounds (activity can consume majority of a shift).
  • Rock Bolting: Uses a jackleg machine weighing 100 pounds to install rock bolts within shaft. Jackleg machines introduce vibration to user (activity can consume majority of shift).
  • Material Handling: By manual means, removes large amounts of debris, muck and boulders from shaft-often times boulders will weigh in excess of 100 pounds (activity can consume majority of a shift).

Managing cage/skip

  • Loads skips with materials and equipment.
  • Records number of containers and personnel.
  • Calculates capacities and estimates weight to prepare for hoisting.
  • Moves loads on and off conveyances.
  • Makes necessary notifications when cage is used to carry personnel.
  • Plans and prioritizes (in conjunction with other staff) the materials and personnel being raised/lowered in the cage.

Preparing and managing materials and supplies

  • Reports material inventories to ensure proper material orders.
  • Stages and coordinates transport of materials.
  • Gives directions to other workers in loading of cage to ensure conformance to safety regulations.
  • Maintains supply storage areas, equipment and supplies, such as fire extinguishers, lamps and batteries.
  • Assists in setting up and operating a variety of equipment and other machinery.
  • Records material intake and usage.
  • Monitors air and gas levels within the underground.
  • Assists in general duties: Assists engineers and technicians in data collection for analysis, collects samples to be used in Science research and disposes of waste.


The Infrastructure Technician has the following accountabilities:

  • To the Yates Shaft Superintendent or Ross Shaft Superintendent for ensuring logistical needs are met and conveying information regularly to the Yates or Ross Shaft Superintendent concerning progress on the Infrastructure Technician responsibilities.
  • To the shaft crews for ensuring all members of the team are working together to address the support needs of SURF and resolve issues.
  • To the Science users to move supplies and services in a timely manner.


The Infrastructure Technician has the following authorities:

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



  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.


  • Experience in general construction practices, concrete work, timber framing, etc.
  • Experience in the mining industry or related field (including shaft inspection and repair) is preferred.
  • Experience operating heavy machinery and equipment.
  • Experience and understanding of environment, safety and health policies (application of safety equipment).
  • Demonstrated experience reading and interpreting blueprints.


  • NA.


  • Adaptability—Ability to effectively adjust to changing priorities and demands.
  • Attention to Detail—Maintains 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.
  • Initiative—Persists despite difficult conditions and makes suggestions for improvements.
  • Reliable—Dependable in performing work-related duties and prioritizing assigned projects to ensure deadlines are met. Keeps absences to a minimum and is punctual.
  • Safety—Ability to learn, understand, and comply with the SDSTA’s safety programs.
  • Teamwork—Works cooperatively and support others in the workgroup.

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.
  • Possess physical ability to perform duties in an effective manner that is safe for the employee and/or co-workers while posing no serious safety threat to self or others. Individual is required to bend, squat, rotate, stand and kneel for multiple hours during a shift. Must meet or exceed the minimum standard approaching 100% of the time. Individual is required to lift, push and pull material in excess of 100 pounds frequently.
  • Lift/Lower Requirements, two-handed:
        • Floor-to-waist 4-125 pounds
        • Waist to-shoulder 4-125 pounds
        • Floor-to-shoulder 4-75 pounds
        • Above shoulder 4-75 pounds
  • Carrying Requirements: 4-125 pounds
  • Pushing/Pulling Requirements: 5-125 pounds+
  • Work in all types of environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold). 
  • Work in the SURF underground environment at depths up to 5000 feet or deeper.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolding, and in confined places.
  • Work shifts, weekends, holidays and callouts as scheduled. The shafts operate a variety of rotating shifts.

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.