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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 Emergency Response Team (ERT) Field Team members will be 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.

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.
  • 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 AED’s.
  • 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, ATV’s, skid-steers, LHD’s, 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 safety inspections of surface and underground work areas.
  • Assists in general ESH Department duties including development of JHA’s and SOP’s, review of policies, participating in and/or conducting work related training classes, recording and documenting ERT training, exercises and inspections.
  • ERT Field Team members may assist 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.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • National Registry or South Dakota AEMT or Paramedic

Desired Qualifications


  • Experience in Fire and/or EMS operations
  • Experience in mining industry or related field
  • Experience and understanding of environmental, health and safety policies
  • Experience in facilities and physical security
  • Experience in Mine Rescue operations
  • Experience in Mine Rescue Contests and Competitions
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Prior military service


  • Rope Rescue Technician
  • MSHA Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue
  • ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Hazmat Operations or HAZWOPER
  • CPR/AED Instructor
  • OSHA 30-hour Construction Course
  • Certified Mine Safety Professional
  • Certified Safety Professional


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 function as a team member 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:

  • Work shifts, weekends, holidays and callouts as scheduled.
  • Meet annual ERT physical requirements as required in SURF policies.
  • Work in underground laboratory and mine environment.
  • Wear Closed Circuit Breathing Apparatus.
  • Use computerized equipment/technology, telephone, cell phone, and other electronic devices.
  • 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.
  • Perform strenuous physical labor and lift heavy items up to 100 pounds.
  • Maintain EMS certification.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Pass a BATF background check.
  • Act in accordance with SURF’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.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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