The Job

Custom Harvesting includes the harvesting of crops, and hauling those crops to the elevator, grain bin, or feedlot. Employees will operate all the equipment mentioned, and the servicing and maintenance work that is needed to keep it running.


18514 301st Ave
Onida, South Dakota,




Requirements of the Job

We need combine operators, tractor and grain cart drivers, and truck drivers.

Employees must be at least 18 years of age. They will need a class A CDL with a double-triples endorsement. Also some employees will need a hazmat endorsement. It is a big plus if you have a CDL when you arrive. I can help with the liscenses. To get a CDL in South Dakota you would have to change state of residence to South Dakota.

We expect employees to be willing to learn new ways of doing things, no matter how much experience they have.

We Say; “There is the right way, the wrong way, and the Shepherd way.”

I would like to stress that an employee needs to operate the machinery, and drive the trucks in the way that Shepherd Harvesting requires. Also, it is important that employees abide by any requirements the farmers have while we are harvesting their crops.

In the course of the harvest season, all employees need to realize that there will some periods of long hours and late nights worked. There are no days off when the grain is ready and the sun is shining. All employees have to have good driving records without any DUI’s. Our insurance provider will not allow any deviation from this, neither will I.

When we move from job to job, we will be hauling wide loads. While hauling these wide loads, it requires employees’ direct concentration and attention of what is around them at all times.

I also what to stress that everyone will be expected to help in all aspects of operation. This is especially important in the servicing of the machinery in the mornings. All employees will not just be labeled as combine drivers or truck drivers. They will all be required to help out wherever is needed, no matter what the machine.

I can guarantee that all employees will learn how to operate and take care of the equipment the Shepherd way while on the job.

There will also be some times when we are bored stiff because of inclement weather conditions, such as rain. On those days, the employees will have time to themselves to see some of the local sites and have a good time.

Here in South Dakota, some of the major attractions are the Black Hills, the Badlands, and Mount Rushmore. There is something to most everyone’s liking along the harvest run, no matter where we are working.

Shepherd Harvesting pays a monthly wage, and furnishes room and board. Employees will be staying in air conditioned travel trailers with adequate facilities for normal day to day necessities, including a washer and dryer.

One thing that I would like to make clear is that this job is not a vacation, it is work. As long as employee’s are willing to work for their money, they will be well taken care of. All employee’s will have the opportunity to see a lot of this great country, meet a lot of new people, and learn some new things on the way.

Thank you for your interest.  Please click on the Job Application form below. Fill it out and send it back to us at 18514 301st Ave • Onida, South Dakota, 57564.

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