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SEED ANALYST SUPERVISOR

The Seed Analyst Supervisor is responsible to ensuring laboratory accuracy of personnel conducting varietal, purity, and germination tests on seeds. This position is governed

Class Code:

B092C

Job Grade:

GS04

Special Job Requirements:

Occasional in and out-of-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a medium-sized technical staff by assigning and reviewing work, approving leave, training, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Oversees and conducts purity tests on a variety of seed used in agriculture by preparing seed for testing, separating into pure seed, weed, other crop seed, and inert matter. Determines moisture content, computes percentages, and weighs components. Conducts chemical reaction tests to determine the variety of seeds and may perform field inspections to determine impurities. Identifies different weeds and/or other crop varieties present. Conducts seed audits on persons or seed companies selling seed within or into the state to ensure their quarterly seed reports agree with invoices. Reviews documentation and samples received from seedsmen, farmers, and inspectors to ensure accuracy in labeling. Determines germination potential of seed samples by conducting tetrazolium tests. Calculates germination replicates in lab results for actual germination percentage for each sample. Provides information and technical assistance to industry officials concerning test results, fees and services available. Organizes and sends seed samples to the Federal Seed Laboratory for varietal grow-out tests to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Performs routine maintenance on laboratory equipment including balances, rice hullers, and germinators. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state seed laws, rules, and regulations. Knowledge of field inspection and laboratory seed testing techniques. Knowledge of the seed and plant physiology, species, and varieties. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to interpret and enforce seed laws, rules, and regulations according to established guidelines. Ability to conduct seed analysis. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of an associate’s degree or course work in agriculture, agronomy, plant science, botany or a related field; plus two years of experience in agricultural seed analysis, general laboratory operations, or a related field; including one year in a leadership capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.

Exempt:

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