Non-Classified OpeningInspector 3Non-Classified ClassificationDepartment of Agriculture
Open for Recruitment: September 6, 2018 - September 12, 2018
Announcement # NONCLS005145
Salary Range: $16.50 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s): Idaho Falls
SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.
"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Inspector 3 position in the Idaho Falls District Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Office within the Division of Agricultural Inspections.
Incumbents in these positions work in a high-volume production setting until all samples are processed. Work involves exposure to extreme cold and heat, wet and humid environments, dust, dirt, exhaust fumes, poorly ventilated areas, noise and odors. Work requires standing for prolonged periods. Incumbents must keep work area in safe condition and report any hazards to supervisor. May involve irregular work hours, (partial days and/or long hours) days and times and a rotation to multiple locations. Personal protective equipment may be required. Depending on the facility, incumbents may be required to purchase protective shoes and/or wear ear protection, hard hats, safety glasses, etc.
Incumbents provide technical assistance and oversight to fresh produce packing and processing facilities in the interpretation and application of Federal and State grading standards or marketing order requirements. Under direction, incumbents inspect and determine grade of commodities according to Federal and State standards and contract specifications; complete forms and worksheets for issuance of official certificates; and perform related work as required. Duties involve frequent lifting, moving and dumping of bags or other containers.
Incumbents in these positions must possess a high level of human relation skills to work cooperatively, jointly, and effectively with customers to ensure inspection procedures meet established program specifications. Incumbents must effectively communicate both verbally and in writing and interact with work crews, growers and other industry members while using tact and diplomacy. Communicate with growers and other members of the industry regarding work schedules or delays; answers questions and explain work progress, processes, procedures, standards, and requirements.
General duties may include the following:
Customer Assisted Inspection Program oversight: Provide technical oversight, support, and assistance regarding Federal and State laws, rules and regulations governing produce inspection procedures; monitor applicant staff for compliance to program requirements and assist industry employees with interpretation and application of grading standards and marketing order requirements; verify inspections on packed product and the accuracy of inspection equipment; maintain written inspection instructions for policies and procedures; issue final product certification documents; evaluate and document performance of applicant staff assigned to inspection duties; inform applicants and inspection management staff of all major and critical non-conformities; perform related duties as required.
Training: Provide instruction and on-the-job training to applicant staff on laws, regulations, and instructions governing inspection, grading methods, Federal and State grades, standards and tolerances, certificate requirements for foreign export, domestic shipment, and government purchases; identify policy and program issues and provide findings to district management; perform related duties as required.
Supervision: Organize work crew and assign to a work detail; establish and prepare work schedules; monitor progress of work to ensure deadlines are met; reassign employees to meet changing workload requirements; ensure adequate supply of work materials and supplies; review and examine work for accuracy and adherence to proper procedures, standards, and requirements; coordinate on-the-job training and answer employee questions on work procedures; observe employee work activities and provide guidance, training and/or correction when necessary; resolve employee issues, however, must communicate with Section Manager when any personnel issue may result in disciplinary actions and when changes in workload trigger the need for staff reductions; complete performance evaluations. Perform related duties as required.
Auditing: Drive to various, sometimes remote, locations; conduct an opening meeting with the auditee; review auditee's food safety plan; use appropriate checklist to interview the auditee and the auditee's employees to determine adherence to their plan, to the checklist/audit scheme requirements and their risk analysis, logs, test results, training records and/or other documentation; tour the fields, storage buildings, and/or packing facilities; document findings; note and explain non-conformances; write Corrective Action Reports (CAR); conduct a closing meeting, review findings, answer questions, and leave CARs; digitally enter and submit the audit to the Ag. Program Manager for review; perform related duties as required.
Other duties as assigned.
An Inspector 3 may:
Conduct Inspector 1, Inspector 2, Seed Inspector, Grasshopper Scout, Insect Trapping Scout, Invasive Species Surveyor, Redfish Inspector, Roving Inspector, Hydrilla Inspector, Field Inspector, Field Inspection Team Lead, Field Inspection Supervisor, North Idaho Panhandle Technician, Japanese Beetle Trapper and/or Egg Inspection job duties throughout the year.
Be required to meet the mandatory qualifications of an Inspector 1 and/or Inspector 2
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: These qualifications are mandatory requirements. Any combination of ability, education, training or experience that demonstrates competence in each of the following:
With or without reasonable accommodation, physical ability to:
Stand for prolonged periods of time
Work in extreme cold and heat, wet and humid environments around dirt, fumes, poorly ventilated areas, noise and odors
Collect, lift and carry samples weighing up to 60 pounds
Intermittently bend, squat, twist and reach above shoulder level
Have sufficient vision, touch and balance to perform the inspection and grading duties
Pass a color test
Follow both verbal and written instructions and accurately complete time sheets and other required documentation
Ensure adherence to grading or sampling standards, procedures and requirements
Write or print neatly and legibly
Observe, train and give direction to staff and/or applicant staff.
Must be able to read and write in English
A cell phone with an Idaho area code, furnished by the employee, is required for this position and is eligible for reimbursement under the Cell Phone Reimbursement policy
SPECIALTY AREAS: These qualifications are mandatory requirements for some tasks.
Ability to collect, lift and carry heavy objectives weighting up to 50 pounds and push/pull up to 100 pounds
Ability to collect, lift and carry heavy objects weighing up to 100 pounds
Possess a valid driver's license and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance
Within two months of hire obtain and retain a USDA SC-200 (acquired with on-the-job training and evaluation)
Within 6 months of hire, obtain and retain a Supervisory Inspector license from the USDA
DESIRABLE AREAS: These qualifications are not required, however, are desired in a candidate.
Knowledge of and ability to explain work processes, procedures, standards and requirements
Experience applying State and Federal laws, regulations and instructions governing inspection and grading methods
To Apply: You can apply online. To apply online, click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist for this position. When completing your online information please select/add:
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Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.
Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Department of Agriculture!
At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.
State Of Idaho