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AGRI INSPECTOR III

The Agriculture (Agri) Inspector III is responsible for surveying, monitoring, inspecting, investigating, collecting samples and other activities as described below for one or more

Class Code:

X146C

Job Grade:

GS06

Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state travel, exposure to diseased livestock, manufacturing facilities/machinery, and/or occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals/substances/environments. Occasional to frequent lifting and carrying of heavy/bulky items. Occasional 24/7 on call duty is required.

Typical Functions:

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY DIVISION: Vaccinates cattle and identifies livestock at markets/farms to ensure disease prevention and compliance with regulations. Responds to animal health complaints and ensures compliance. Inspects commercial poultry hatcheries for compliance.Monitors animal exhibitions/activities for the purposes of disease detection. Responds to animal emergencies. Issues quarantines, permits and prepares and submits reports. May supervise and/or train new employees. EGG AND POULTRY SECTION: Maintains the USDA Shell Egg and Poultry regulations and reviews contracts/specification requirements. Performs Acceptance Quality Level (AQL) examinations on products (poultry, egg & rabbit) and ensures that segregation meets USDA, State and Industry standards. Monitors temperature/relative humidity of coolers; establishes grading stations, performs and continually monitors pre-operational sanitation inspections of processors, and monitors and verifies the grading by industry graders. Enforces the provisions of the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act of 1969 and makes inspections where eggs are bought, sold, offered for sale, or processed. PLANT INDUSTRY DIVISION: Issues certificates, quarantines, and permits. May train and/or supervise the work of other employees. Conducts inspections of: dealer/applicator records, application methods/sites, regulated equipment/structures/entities, collects samples, and gathers evidence required to assimilate a case file. BUREAU OF STANDARDS: Inspects/tests weighing and measuring devices used for commercial activity and removes out-of-compliance devices from service. Inspects packaged commodities to determine accuracy of weight/measurement standards and labeling requirements. Investigates consumer complaints andprepares case files. Determines price accuracy in retail establishments and ensures method of sale for products. Confirms required information is provided to consumers through ticketing/receipts. Confirms Country of Origin labeling inspection on meats, seafood, nuts, and produce. Inspects records for compliance with applicable laws and ordinances.May supervise and/or train new employees.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY DIVISION: Knowledge of safe working procedures with livestock and poultry. Ability to perform inspections/investigations, follow proper procedures, and issue quarantines on infected and exposed livestock. Ability to monitor the interstate and intrastate movement of livestock to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. Ability to maintain records and prepare activity and monitoring reports. Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions. EGG & POULTRY SECTION: Ability to interpret and follow state/federal laws and rules governing the egg and poultry industries and agency policies. Ability to perform inspections, follow proper procedures, and enforce provisions of state/federal laws and industry standards. Ability to complete and submit required documents/reports in accordance with established procedures. Ability to inspect faciltities and equipment for cleanliness. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, as well as make decisions. PLANT INDUSTRY DIVISION: Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing agency inspections/investigations. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability to perform inspections/investigations and follow proper procedures. Ability to maintain records and prepare reports. Ability to withstand hazardous environments. Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions. BUREAU OF STANDARDS: Knowledge of state and federal laws and agency policies regarding measurement and weight standards. Knowledge of inspection and investigation techniques, evidence collection, applied/business mathematics, operation of test equipment and devices in the marketplace, record keeping and report writing. Knowledge of basic supervisory principles and practices. Ability to work independently, infrequently lift and carry up to 100 pounds, and frequently lift and carry up to 30 pounds and/or bulky objects. Ability to climb stairs/ladders, bend/stoop, kneel, push/pull, stand/walk for prolonged time periods, and wear personal protective gear. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions. Ability to interpret/apply/enforce all applicable standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in animal science, poultry science, livestock management, business or an applicable field; plus one year in a leadership capacity OR The formal education equivalent of an associate’s degree in animal science, livestock management, poultry science, business or an applicable field; plustwo years of experience in the applicable field, includingone year in a leadership capacity OR The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plusfour years of experience in the applicable field, includingone years in a leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY DIVISION: Must be able to obtain the Arkansas Beef Quality Assurance Program Certification within six months of hire date. Must have completed Certificate of Incident Command System (ICS trainings 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800) from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) or another certified trainer. PLANT INDUSTRY DIVISION: Must have completed Incident Command System (ICS 100, 200 and two additional course) trainings from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) within one year of hire date. Must have completed training provided by relevant professional organizations as required and approved by the PlantIndustry DivisionDirector. Must have completed CPR and Supervisor and/or Leadership training provided by the TSS – Office of Personnel Management or another certified trainer.

Exempt:

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