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Other areas within GFP
In addition to park managers, park naturalists, conservation technicians, wildlife damage specialists and wildlife and fisheries biologists, we have other positions and career opportunities within GFP that are from time to time vacant.
Below is a snapshot of those, but note that this is not a list of current job openings.
For a list of job openings, visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus/.
The GFP finance staff implement directives from the Chief Finance Officer and follow accounting principles to record, research, analyze and develop reports for use in monitoring revenue and expenditures while creating financial reports and projections. Accountants also conduct daily business functions such as the reconciliation of accounts receivable and payable, allocation of funds and reporting of grant and fund balances.
- Communications and Public Relations
Communicating with producers, sportsmen and women, special interest groups, legislators, our staff and anyone with a vested interest in South Dakota’s natural resources is critical. This team leads the media and public relations efforts as well as oversees the editorial content creation (print and digital), marketing, online infrastructure, graphic design, target market research, strategic communications outreach, brand management, photography, videography and other special projects for the entire agency. Open, transparent and consistent two-way communication is primary to all that unfolds within this team to inspire confidence from the customers we serve.
- Conservation Officers and Park Rangers
Both positions are certified law enforcement. They provide safety and protection to the people of South Dakota while enforcing the laws put in place to conserve the state’s outdoor resources. Conservation officers manage wildlife, fisheries, water and land resources; enforce wildlife, criminal, and water laws; and implement department programs in assigned districts. Park rangers are certified law enforcement officers and enforce criminal laws and park rules and regulations.
The department’s engineering team serves as a supporting arm to provide engineering and construction management services. The team builds facilities, designs roads and small dams, stabilizes shorelines, enhances boating access, maps out utilities and creates recreational trails and shooting complexes.
- GIS Services
Maps and geographic information are an integral part of nearly all aspects of what we do as an agency.Â Our agency was an early adopter of the GIS technology over 20 years ago; leading the way in viewing, analyzing and interpreting data on a daily basis from researching the movement of deer herds to developing map overlays through mobile apps and more. This team of experts ensures we continue to remain responsive to the needs of our staff and customers through the capabilities GIS offers.
- Habitat Specialists
Habitat is at the forefront of the conversation right now and our knowledgeable private lands habitat and access specialists continue to work hard to keep it there. Habitat specialist provide information and education to assist landowners in designing, developing and funding habitat on their land. They help to sustain strong partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; private conservation organizations and South Dakota landowners to ensure our wildlife and fisheries resources are available for everyone’s enjoyment.
- Human Dimensions
Successful public participation is a continuous process within our agency led by our human dimensions staff. Public opinion, hunter harvest surveys, informational meetings and more are just a few of the examples in which GFP manages public input. If evaluating the mountain lion hunting season or the walk-in areas across the state are areas in which you are interested in; a career in human dimensions may be what you are looking for.
- Outdoor Educators
Outdoor educators within the department provide educational programming on hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting, archery and more to a variety of audiences through classes and events held across the state. They get individuals, adults, youth and families ready for their next outdoor adventure.