Seasonal Opportunities

Looking for a summer job that takes you out of the ordinary and lands you in the middle of South Dakota’s natural resources? A variety of seasonal positions and opportunities offer life experiences for employees 17-years and older, working within multiple department areas at a competitive wage rate.

The normal summer work season is mid-May through Labor Day. Some positions may begin earlier or later. Most positions involve outdoor work and customer service. Positions may require you to work holidays, weekends and irregular or rotating shifts. Some seasonal positions require specific licenses or certification. 

View seasonal positions here

Seasonal Work Camper Positions

Several state parks offer seasonal work camper positions. Work campers are paid an hourly wage but live on-site for a discounted per night campsite fee, typically $4/night. The majority of work camper sites are full hook-up (water, sewer and electric). Workers provide their own housing and personal items. Work weeks are normally 40 hours, but part-time options do exist. Weekend work may be required. Most positions run May to October.


Apply for a work camper position using the State of South Dakota seasonal application. Submit it by email to the park of your interest using the email address below.

Fill out your application as completely as possible. More information will help us place you in the right position. Applications are accepted year-round, until positions are filled.