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Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


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Dairy Industry Inspector

Agriculture Investigator, Senior

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: January 11, 2018 - January 25, 2018
Announcement # 00375046549
Salary Range: $20.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Blackfoot, Idaho Falls

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

This position serves the inspection needs of Animal Industries; specifically animal health and dairy inspection in Idaho Falls or Blackfoot areas and all applicants must be willing to work from either location. If you have already applied under announcement #00375009837 or #00375077806 you are still being considered for the position and do not need to apply again.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promotes awareness and acceptance of best management practices related to consumer protection, animal health, food production and processing, marketing laws, regulations and standards
  • Conducts or assists in monitoring, evaluating, inspecting and investigating agricultural and commercial activities to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, regulations and standards; i.e. Grade A farm inspections, farm waste inspections, bulk hauler/tanker inspections, and milk production sampling.
  • Provides training and information to the public, growers, dealers, and manufacturers
  • Responds to inquiries regarding program requirements
  • Receives training to collect evidence in accordance with law, rule, policy, quality assurance, and chain of custody procedures
  • Learns to evaluate extent of damage and risk of continued out-of-compliance activities to humans, plants, animals, the economy and the environment
  • Explains findings and rationale for corrective actions to parties involved
  • Participates in enforcement actions, citations, and operating or marketing authorization revocations and suspensions
  • Compiles evidence and participates with division staff in preparing cases

Minimum Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.

  • Work experience preparing narrative reports

Specialty Area: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Good knowledge of livestock (beef, dairy or equine), milk processing facilities, or environmental compliance experience relating to animal production
  • This position requires a valid driver's license

Extra Credit: These qualification are not required however if you have the related background it may increase your score

  • Good knowledge of soil sampling
  • Good knowledge of waste management/waste containment

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 100 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".

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 and/or Idaho Falls under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete 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!


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.