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Organic Agriculture Investigator Senior

Agriculture Investigator, Senior

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: December 5, 2017 - December 19, 2017
Announcement # 00375003465
Salary Range: $20.00 Per Hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Blackfoot

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Agriculture Investigator Senior with the Organic Program in the Ag. Inspections Division.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct inspections, both announced and unannounced, of certified organic crop, livestock and processing operations. 
  • Conduct investigations of certified organic operations in the event complaints are filed.
  • Inspections and investigations involve considerable report writing, documenting statements, photographing, collecting evidence, and compiling case data.  
  • All reports must be prepared in a timely manner and accurate to withstand legal scrutiny.
  • Evaluate organic crop, livestock, and processing organic system plans for compliance with the National Organic Program standards. 
  • Evaluate materials and labels to determine compliance with organic standards.
  • Participate in the development of program documents and procedures.
  • Extended work days, overnight stays, and extensive travel between various work sites is required.
  • Communicate comfortably and effectively both verbally and in writing with a large number of diverse clients.
  • Must be comfortable with having difficult conversations and conveying complex and sometimes unfavorable information.

Minimum Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.

  • Experience preparing narrative reports.

Specialty Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Good knowledge of the rules and laws governing agriculture or organic standards.
  • Good knowledge of agriculture or food processing.
  • Some knowledge of computer operations and word processing software.

Desirable Qualifications: These qualifications are not required however if you have the related background it may increase your score.

  • Experience working on several different projects with multiple deadlines all at one time.
  • Certificate of completion, with the Independent Organic Inspectors Association, for crop, crop inputs, livestock, livestock inputs, handling, or handling inputs.
  • Experience conducting organic inspections or equivalent inspection work.
  • Experience or understanding of conducting account reconciliation, animal feed ration calculations, formulation calculations, and/or product recalls. 
  • Knowledge of critical control points by the completion of HACCP, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), or food safety training relating to food, processing or agriculture.
  • Knowledge or experience in sampling practices or procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

Examination: Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each minimum qualification and specialty area question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 37 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. To preview the exam, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "How to Apply."

How to Apply: Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When completing your online application information, please select/add: 

  • Department of Agriculture under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Blackfoot under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete/update all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. Items in the Application Checklist to include:

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Cities
  • Agencies
  • Job type

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check.  Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!


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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.