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Agricultural Commodity Inspector I (#MGAA01)
$24,346.00 Yearly Min / $30,433.00 Yearly Mid / $36,520.00 Yearly Max


Agricultural Commodity Inspector II (#MGAA02)
$27,870.00 Yearly Min / $34,838.00 Yearly Mid / $41,806.00 Yearly Max


Agricultural Commodity Inspector III (#MGAA03)
$31,912.00 Yearly Min / $39,890.00 Yearly Mid / $47,868.00 Yearly Max


Food Products Inspection Field Supervisor (#MGAA04)
$39,093.00 Yearly Min / $48,866.00 Yearly Mid / $58,639.00 Yearly Max




Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses three levels in the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Sciences occupational group, Agriculture and Animal Services occupational series and describes inspection, grading, sampling, and verification of commodity grades in a variety of agricultural areas to determine compliance with federal and state laws and regulations relating to standards of wholesomeness, purity, quality, and quantity of agriculture and other commodities.
 
Note: This career ladder series incorporates levels I and II.  The I level is to provide entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at higher levels. Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with minimum qualifications and promotional standards. Promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, sets forth the criteria that defines and describes the requirements that must be met at each level.Advancement of employees through the career ladder is dependent on an agency's/department's operational needs and distribution of work. 
The Agricultural Commodity Inspector III and Food Products Inspection Field Supervisor, although not part of the career ladder, provides competitive opportunity for movement of employees

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 
  • Conducts inspection of commodities on the basis of contractor or USDA standards and  certifies their quality, condition, size, weight, quantity, and grade.
     
  • Verifies proper dating and labeling of commodity packages and containers.
     
  • Enforces federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
     
  • Inspects, samples, tests, and grades commodities using standard inspection techniques.
     
  • Interprets and explains technical standards, rules, and regulations; explains and defends all grade and inspection determinations and coordinates grading services with plant production activities.
     
  • Cooperates with federal agencies, official state organizations and agencies, and other State representatives on matters related to agricultural inspection and grading.
     
  • Develops a good working relationship with plant personnel, retailers, farmers, and facility management.
     
  • May prepare samples and/or laboratory analysis.
     
  • Provides technical information and assistance to representatives of the Attorney General's Office as well as the Inspector General's Office in preparing court cases and testifying. Prepares a variety of reports.

Levels of Work

Agricultural Commodity Inspector I

This is entry level commodity inspection work.

  • Receives training and guidance from a technical superior.
  • Receives formal and/or on the job training in the technical standards, inspection, and grading techniques.
  • Assists in inspecting, sampling, testing, and grading of agricultural commodities using standard inspection techniques.
  • Prepares, maintains, and issues necessary certificates and forms dealing with daily activities and inspection results.
  • Works with farmers, packers, and shippers toward the improvement of packing techniques, grading standardization requirements, and the appropriate labeling of packages of agricultural products and materials.
  • May participate in the verification of prices and proper dating of agricultural commodities.

Agricultural Commodity Inspector II

This is the full performance level of commodity inspection work.

  • Enforces federal and state laws, rules, and regulations in area of specialty.
  • Detains products not in compliance and/or issues Stop Sale or Withdrawal from
  • Distribution orders which has significant financial impact on industry management and producers.
  • Identifies a violation and deals effectively with management to resolve it.  
  • May supervise seasonal employees and train other Inspectors within the area of specialty.

Agricultural Commodity Inspector III

This is the advanced level of commodity inspection work in a variety of agricultural areas requiring multiple licenses.

  • Conducts inspection of multiple agricultural commodities.

Food Products Inspection Field Supervisor

This level supervises a statewide agricultural commodity inspection and grading program.

  • Supervision is exercised over at least two or more merit full time positions per Merit Rule 5.1460.  The elements of supervision include planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, coaching, training, recommending hire/fire and discipline.
  • Resolves field work problems, coordinates grading and inspection activities, and provides technical training in official standards and regulations.
  • Negotiates with plant managers to resolve complaints/controversies, provides for unexpected intrastate inspections, and researches inquiries from industry groups and Congressional offices and prepares replies.
  • Maintains liaison with federal, state, and county officials of industrial organizations concerning status of the State's grading and inspection program; responds to inquiries from consumer or industry officials regarding technical complaints and standards, grading and inspection procedures, and interpretation of legal guidelines related to agricultural commodities.
  • Reviews initial appeals from regulated industries and businesses and recommends appropriate action; participates in administrative hearings and recommends appropriate disposition of controversial or complex cases; may serve as an expert witness in court with disputes involving graded agricultural commodities and possible violations of various regulatory laws.
  • May prepare samples and/or laboratory analysis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.  
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics.
  • Ability to apply applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to apply basic record keeping practices and procedures.
  • Ability to apply proper inspection, sampling, testing, and/or grading procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to acquire licenses as required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Agricultural Commodity Inspector II requires:
  • Knowledge of proper inspection, sampling, and testing procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of certificates and forms for proper record keeping.
  • Skill in the use of applicable tools and equipment.
  • Ability to conduct sound investigations and inspections.
  • Ability to perceive subtle differences in size, shape, color, texture, and other physical characteristics of agricultural commodities.
  • Ability to train and supervise.
In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Agricultural Commodity Inspector III requires:
  • Knowledge of proper inspection, sampling, and testing procedures and techniques for multiple agricultural products.
  • Knowledge of marketing practices and perishability of products being graded.
  • Knowledge of basic percentages and ratio calculations.
  • Ability to perceive subtle differences in size, shape, color, texture, and other physical characteristics of agricultural products.
In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Food Products Field Inspection Supervisor requires:
  • Knowledge of the grade standards, methods of distinction among grades and the method, techniques and tests used in the grading and inspection process for agricultural commodities.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of inspection, testing, investigative techniques specific to grading and inspecting agricultural commodities.
  • Knowledge of the legal procedures and processes regarding compliance with regulatory law.
  • Knowledge of products, procedures, tools, and equipment used in plants and processing operations.
  • Knowledge of mathematics, including the conversion of fractions and decimals.
  • Skill in evaluating the effectiveness of the grading and inspection program and any new or revised inspection regulations.
  • Ability to reach conclusions based on analysis of technical facts and written reports.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to develop and implement operational procedures and practices.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Agricultural Commodity Inspector II
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:


  1. Six months experience in inspecting agricultural commodities such as poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, or fertilizers.
  2. Six months experience in math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals.
  3. Six months experience in record keeping.
  4. Six months experience in applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  5. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving). 

CLASS:
MGAA01
EST:
7/1/1995
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
22212

CLASS:
MGAA02
EST:
7/1/1995
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
22213

CLASS:
MGAA03
EST:
7/1/1995
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
22214

CLASS:
MGAA04
EST:
7/1/1995
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
22215