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134000
AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST 1
TS308     $36,608 - $64,147
Creation Date: 06/29/1987
Change Date: 01/17/2019

FUNCTION OF WORK:
To examine, inspect, and investigate products, facilities, services, commodities and/or livestock to ensure compliance with and enforcement of laws and regulations concerning Meat Inspection, Agricultural Commodities, Weights and Measures, and/or Livestock.

LEVEL OF WORK:
Entry.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Close from an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor. May receive project supervision from Agriculture Specialists 2 and 3 during training periods.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
None.

LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Agriculture Specialist 2 by performance of entry level rather than journeyman level tasks.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

Trains in the performance of commodity, meat plant, and/or livestock inspections.

Inspects physical condition of processing or storage facilities for proper certification of equipment, sanitary conditions, adequacy of records, etc.

Performs beginning level work inspecting all types of animals prior to and after slaughter to determine if they are free from animal disease or parasitic contamination.

Obtains and tests samples as required to test for commodity quality, livestock disease, etc.

Verifies that all processed meats are produced and labeled in accordance with appropriate regulations and laws.

Grades and affixes legends to processed meat products.

Trains for USDA license to inspect, grade, measure, sample or test agricultural commodities; performs beginning level inspection of assigned commodities to determine acceptability for the marketplace or to determine official grade.

Learns procedures necessary to test, inspect and calibrate commercially used weighing and measuring devices used for solid or liquid commodities, including motor fuel retailers to ensure compliance of products and dispensing equipment with state laws.

Reviews package labeling and markings to ensure that products are properly labeled to reflect accurate descriptions of the product relative to net weight, size, numerical count, length and/or volume.

Obtains samples of motor fuel products from retailers; forwards samples to fuel laboratory for testing.

Checks fuel storage tanks for water contamination; and, checks diesel fuel pumps for inventory of product, totalizer readings, and records.

Places seals or placards on containers or pumps containing defective fuels to forbid use or sale.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree with at least twelve semester hours in agribusiness, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, dairy science, entomology, environmental science, food science, forestry, geology, horticulture, physical science, physics, plant pathology, poultry science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and fisheries science, zoology, or any combination AND an additional twelve semester hours in accounting, agribusiness, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, dairy science, economics, education, entomology, environmental science, food science, forestry, geology, health sciences, horticulture, management, marketing, physical science, physics, plant pathology, poultry science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and fisheries science, zoology or any combination.

SUBSTITUTION:
Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations, or inspection and testing of weighing and measuring devices will substitute for the baccalaureate degree and specialized coursework on the basis of 30 semester hours with 6 semester hours of specialized coursework for one year of experience.

NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.