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134010
AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST 2
TS309     $39,166 - $68,640
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 & Measures, and/or Livestock.

LEVEL OF WORK:
Experienced.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
General from an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May provide project supervision and training to entry level Specialists.

LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Agriculture Specialist 1 by performance of journeyman level tasks under general supervision.

Differs from Agriculture Specialist 3 by lack of responsibility for performing four or more functions as a regular and recurring part of work. (See Agriculture Specialist 3 specification)

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

Trains and supervises, as needed, Agriculture Specialists 1.

Obtains and maintains USDA license to inspect, grade, measure, sample, weigh or test, as needed, as part of assigned duties.

Performs meat plant inspection work, including meat grading, certification, review, and compliance.

Inspects, examines, and monitors conditions under which a variety of products are processed, packaged, stored, weighed or transported to determine effect on quality of commodities destined to be purchased or consumed.

Prepares and issues federal/state grade or inspection certificates.

Tests, inspects, and calibrates 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 all products in commercial markets reflect accurate descriptions of the product and meet packaging, labeling requirements and laws.

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

Obtains and tests samples as required.

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

Calibrates and inspects fuel dispensing devices to ensure correct calibration and labeling; and, issues certification decals.

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

Notifies retailers found not in compliance and initiates corrective actions.

Recommends sanctions against retailers found to be consistently not in compliance.

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

Prepares inspection reports and documents on activities.

Serves as witness in court cases involving fraudulent practices, misapplication of grade or weight standards, sale of contaminated or improperly labeled products, or other violations.

Maintains contact with a variety of state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and consumers.

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 PLUS one year of professional level experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations.

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.