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The Plant Board Inspector Supervisor is responsible for coordinating and overseeing inspection and quarantine programs and ensuring compliance with United States Department of Agriculture

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Special Job Requirements:

Occasional in-state travel is required. Potential danger exists from exposure to toxic materials.

Typical Functions:

Coordinates the work activities of a large staff of agricultural specialists in the inspection of nursery stock, vegetable transplants, certified seed, and other regulated plants, by providing training in inspection procedures and making work assignments. Oversees the enforcement of state and federal agricultural quarantine regulations including restricting movement of stock/equipment from infested areas, applying insecticides to eradicate/control foreign pests, and conducting on-site surveys to collect samples. Coordinates efforts with other state and federal agencies involved in the quarantine program. Conducts random on-site inspections of nurseries and retailers licensed to sell plants checking for insects, diseases, and general viability of plants. Verifies field inspection reports that plants are disease free and issues phyto-sanitary certificates for any plants to be exported out of state. Reviews inspection forms and documentation of field inspectors, compiles data, and prepares statistical reports to ensure compliance with state and USDA regulations. Provides technical assistance and answers questions pertaining to plant inspection and quarantine laws and regulations. Makes presentations to schools, civic groups, garden clubs, and nursery associations to inform about apiculture and pollination. Initiates the development of state regulations governing genetic engineering/biotechnological research and coordinates with USDA to make on-site inspections of facilities conducting biotechnical research. Prepares articles pertaining to USDA inspection and quarantine, updates state nursery information for publication, and makes presentations to nursery associations, garden clubs, schools, and civic organizations. Arbitrates encroachment cases over pasturage rights between apiary owners by investigating owners to determine if the supply of bees is adequate to pollinate legal pasture land. Investigates migratory beekeepers moving through the state to determine if health certificates are current and bees are disease-free. May oversee and perform inspections of apiaries by registering apiary owners and investigating unregistered apiary sites to enforce apiary laws and regulations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws and USDA regulations governing agricultural inspection and quarantine. Knowledge of USDA and state inspection and quarantine procedures. Knowledge of entomology, plant pathology, and horticulture. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and to monitor the performance of co- workers and subordinates. Ability to conduct on-site surveys and inspections to ensure compliance with USDA regulations. Ability to identify pests and plant diseases and recommend means of eradication or control. Ability to compile data and prepare oral and written technical reports. Ability to review and verify forms and inspection reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, plant science, or related fields; plus two years of experience in plant inspection or a related field including one year in a supervisory or 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.

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