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Boise, Idaho


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Weights and Measures Inspector

Agriculture Investigator, Senior

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: April 13, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Announcement # 00375030773
Salary Range: $18.49 Per Hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Caldwell

"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 (Weights & Measures) located in Caldwell for the Agriculture Inspections Division. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inspect and test commercial weighing and measuring devices within an assigned area or as requested by management.
  • Inspect and test net contents of packaged commodities, price verification and labeling requirements at businesses within the assigned area or as requested by management.
  • Utilize time-management and resource-management that optimizes the use of equipment in coordination with man-hours and travel area.
  • Accurately complete inspection reports, daily work reports, electronic data transfers and maintain complete route books of the assigned area.
  • Assist business owners and operators with their individual concerns and problems.
  • Investigate consumer complaints in relation to weights and measures.
  • Maintain assigned and shared equipment and standards.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds of weight and/or equipment on a daily basis, several times per inspection.
  • Work around petroleum or liquefied petroleum gas products.
  • Will stand and drive for long periods of time.
  • Travel extensively in an assigned area of the state.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience preparing narrative reports.

Specialty Areas:

  • Experience with computer operations/word processing.
  • Experience performing basic mathematical calculations to determine costs or quantities.
  • Current Class "A" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) without air brake restrictions OR a Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) without air brake restrictions.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience operating a 26,000 lb. GVW or larger vehicle AND have experience backing a vehicle with a trailer attached.
  • Experience as a Weights & Measures Officer or similar position where you applied the National Institute of Standards (Handbook 44) in the course of your duties.

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.


Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces 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 77 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 take the exam from this screen. Please follow the instructions 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" 
  • Caldwell 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 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!


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

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.