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


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Dairy Processing Plants Inspector

Agriculture Investigator, Senior

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: February 6, 2018 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 00375083988
Salary Range: $20.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Burley, Twin Falls

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

This announcement will remain open until this position has been filled. Hiring lists will be pulled periodically. Apply as soon as possible to ensure you will be considered for this position. 

This Agriculture Investigator, Sr. opening is being recruited as an underfill for an Agriculture Program Specialist position located in Burley or Twin Falls. The region this position covers is from Twin Falls to Eastern Idaho. If you have already applied under announcement #00375022722, # 00375049349 or # 00375049167, you are still being considered for the position and do not need to apply again. Once the successful candidate meets the minimum requirements for the Dairy Processing Plant Ag. Program Specialist position, they will become an Ag. Program Specialist and their pay rate will be changed to the Ag. Program Specialist starting pay rate.

Key Responsibilities:

Dairy Processing Plant Inspections

  • Pasteurizer Timings
  • Sanitation Inspections
  • Sampling (finished product and raw product)
  • Review plant inspections and pasteurizer timings made by the dairy staff
  • Plant design, equipment review and approval

State Rating Officer (Upon receiving proper credentials)

  • Conduct State BTU farm ratings for IMS compliance
  • Conduct State plant ratings for IMS compliance

USDA Dairy Processing Plant Inspections (Upon receiving proper credentials)

  • Sanitation Inspections
  • Product Grading and Sampling (Cheese and NDM Powder)

Bulk Hauler Inspection

  • Test and evaluate bulk haulers, tankers and equipment

Farm Sanitation, Animal Welfare, Odor, Dead Animal Disposition

  • Schedule and conduct farm inspections
  • Respond to complaints
Minimum Qualification: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.
  • Work experience preparing narrative reports

Specialty Areas: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • This position requires a valid driver's license
  • Good knowledge of processing plants

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”
  • Burley or Twin Falls under “Cities”

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, you 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 applications 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

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.