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Customer Service Real Estate

Sioux Falls, SD, 57106
August 04, 2012

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Harley Shafer

***** ***** **., ***** *****, SD **106 605-***-****, email:

Objective General Farm Hand/Custom Applicator

Experience Construction Heavy Equipment Operator

July/2012-Current Bowes Construction, Inc. Brookings, SD

Operate heavy equipment to do grade work for parking lots and roads.

Equipment operated; Cat Challenger w/scraper, Pay Loader, Steel Drum Packer, Skid Steer Loader, Power Broom, D6 Cat Dozer, Water Truck.

District Manager

October/1992-April/2012 Minnehaha Conservation District, Sioux Falls, SD

Assisted board in preparing an annual plan of operation and an annual budget, including identification of sources and recommendation of board actions to be taken to secure district operating funds.

Cooperated with various federal, state, and local agencies assessing the need for conservation work within the district and recommended actions and programs to meet those needs.

Coordinated special conservation grants and projects for the district.

Maintained a cooperative relationship with all natural resource agencies operating within the district.

Supervised and directed the work of district personnel (3-10 employees).

Initiated and directed the district’s public information and education programs, including the presentation of informational programs, the preparation of news releases and coordination of information booths, displays, workshops, annual banquets and tours, and Sioux Empire Water Festival.

Responsible for the proper maintenance and use of all district equipment and facilities.

Coordinated requests for district assistance with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist and other appropriate resource agencies.

Kept abreast of all federal, state, and local laws that affected the conservation work within the district.

Maintained adequate records and prepared various reports for submission.

Kept district board informed of actions taken, trend in conservation work that appeared to be developing, and issues in which the district may have an interest or wish to become involved.

Compiled background information to assist the board in their decision making and setting policy for the district.

Assisted the NRCS and conservation district personnel in providing technical assistance to cooperators in the development, application, and maintenance of conservation plantings and tree planting plans in accordance with NRCS guidelines.

Compiled data for work load analysis reports.

Assisted in the setup and use of Quick Books for accounting records; accounts receivable/payable, inventory, payroll, monthly/yearly reports, etc.

Collection of past due accounts.

Prepared grant requests for Federal, State, City, and Local funding sources. Tracked allocated funds, requested reimbursement from the funding agency and filed annual and final reports.

Designed excel spreadsheets to track survival of trees, schedules for 100+ schools, fuel usage, tree plan, employee time sheets, etc.

Worked extensively with Microsoft office (excel, word, power point, and some access).

Assisted in the design and development of the 100 acre Dewey C. Gevik Outdoor Conservation Learning Area.

HU Planning Coordinator

July/1991-Oct./1992 Tri-County Hydrologic Units, Sioux Fall, SD

Contacted local landowners/operators, units of government, and civic organizations to educate the public on the purpose and benefits of hydrologic unit (watershed) planning process.

Collected existing data to enhance the planning process and identify potential problem areas in each hydrologic unit as specified by the respective district board.

Attended meetings as were deemed necessary by each district board in order to enhance this planning process.

Assisted each district board in determining the most efficient means of receiving public input concerning priority problems and developed corrective measures for these problems.

Compiled collected data and public input into a composite plan. Discussed the plan’s format and contents with the respective district board and ensure the plan was published as approved by that district board. Distributed the approved plans as required.

Assistant County Supervisor

September/1986-July/1988 Farmers Home Administration, Huron, SD

Supervised two administrative assistants.

Prepared one and five year farm plans; budgets and personal planning, farm-ownership/operation loans, emergency disaster loans, etc.

Authorized to do appraisals of chattels, farm tracts, and rural housing.

Delegated authority to; sign correspondence, establish supervised bank accounts, deposit loan checks, countersign checks, close accounts, perform site development work, execute “Release of Mortgage Interest”, order loan checks, conduct routine county committee meetings, complete real estate loan closing and transfers, execute releases and satisfactions in connection with loans secured by real estate, sign, revise and make releases of security property on proper forms, terminate financing statements, service and liquidate real estate security, order Credit Reports, execute legal instruments, acting County Supervisor.

Processed Guaranteed Loan application packets.

Reviewed bank files for compliance with Guaranteed Loan policies and procedures.


9/1983-9/1986 & 8/1988-8/1990 Overhead Door Company of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD

Installed and repaired garage doors.

Maintained inventory in service truck.

Equipment Repair

During harvest season for 25 years

Assist in the repair and maintenance of older New Holland equipment (combines, tractors, hay binds, and balers.

Education South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD


B.S. Degrees in; Agricultural Business and Commercial Economics

Lake Area Vocational – Technical School, Watertown, SD

Fall Quarter/1974 & Winter Quarter/1975

Agri. Maintenance and Management

Interests Currently the chair of the Finance Committee at church, also chair from 2003-2005. Treasurer from 2000-2003 and 2007-2010. Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader from 1993-2001. Grew up on a farm and owned a 1000 acre farm from 1996-1999. Have operated and repaired farm equipment my entire life. Hold a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License (G, 1A, 1B, 1C, and 4) Have worked construction (house building/remodeling). Have kept current on farming and conservation practices.

Awards/Training 2011 Loss Control “Customer Service Excellence”, 2011 USDA Information Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior Training, 2010 Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics, 2009 “How to Design Eye-Catching Brochures, Newsletters, Ads, Reports”, 2008 Re-inventing Diversity for Today’s USDA (Employees), 2006 Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding efforts in the Information and Education Area”, 2005 District Employee Award of Excellence.

References References are available on request.

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