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Statewide Process Potato Program Manager

Agriculture Program Manager

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: February 23, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Announcement # 00180026792
Salary Range: $26.07 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Burley

"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 Program Manager in the Agriculture Inspections Division (Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Inspection Service)

This Agriculture Program Manager position is critical for FF&V inspection services that are provided to Idaho potato processors and growers.  The responsibility of this position is to provide supervision to assure and maintain the integrity of statewide activities and consistency of potato sampling and grading at all potato process facilities in Idaho.  Travel to process facilities located across the Southern part of the state is required year round.  This Program Manager is required to conduct on-site reviews of sampling and grading stations statewide covering all aspects and effects of contract inspection; to coordinate the development of and prepare technical information on methods, training, and equipment relative to contract inspection; to review and interpret contracts and requests for inspection to determine grading procedures; to ensure adherence to USDA grade standards for process potatoes; and to identify contract inspection deficiencies and recommend methods and means of correction.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify contract inspection deficiencies; determine needed changes in policies and procedures to correct those deficiencies; implement methods and means of correction; explain all deficiencies found and corrective actions taken to the applicable district manager.
  • Serve as technical expert for contract inspections, including grading and sampling, and work with computer programmer to create and update customized software for inspection work stations. 
  • Fill in for crew or sample supervisors when necessary. 
  • Oversee and manage the licensed Contract Potato Samplers at all locations across the state. 
  • Educate industry representatives on Federal-State grading standards and processes; explain how these standards will be applied to their contracts. 
  • Serve as the liaison for the FF&V contract inspection website.
  • Assess program resources to meet industry demands; remain in compliance with Federal-State laws, standards and regulations; and respond to market changes. 
  • Determine training needs for contract crews/samplers, for process inspection sites and winter storage potatoes; develop PowerPoint training programs; conduct training statewide.
  • Conduct in-depth, on-site reviews of process inspection facilities to identify needed changes to maintain consistency in contract inspection processes and procedures statewide. 
  • Serve as liaison between industry and Bureau of Shipping Point Inspection management to identify new methods and tests to make Idaho grown produce more marketable. 
  • Organize and motivate contract inspection personnel to work together statewide as one inspection team. 
  • Represent Bureau of Shipping Point Inspection at National, Multi-State and/or Tri-State Process Potato Taskforce meetings and various grower and processor meetings. 

Minimum Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.

  • Some knowledge of management practices.

Specialty Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Some knowledge of computer operations and word processing software.
  • Experience as liaison for a local and state government. 

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

  • Experience as an inspector or grader and hold a current FV-200 or FV-201 license with an endorsement for supervisory work. 
  • Experience working within a produce industry. 
  • An understanding of and experience applying USDA commodity grade standards. 

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 question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 85 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. To preview the examination for this position, 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 and under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Burley 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 Idaho Department of Agriculture!


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