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


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Ag Program Specialist - Dairy Plant Inspector

Agriculture Program Specialist

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: September 7, 2017 - September 21, 2017
Announcement # 00412007565
Salary Range: $24.30 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 Specialist for the Dairy Processing Program in the Animal Industries Division located in Burley, Idaho.

Key Responsibilities:  

Farm Sanitation, Animal Welfare, Odor, Dead Animal Disposition

  • Schedule and conduct farm inspections
  • Respond to complaints

Bulk Hauler Inspection

  • Test and evaluate bulk haulers, tankers and equipment

State Rating Officer (Upon receiving proper credentials)

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

State 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

USDA Dairy Processing Plant Inspections (Upon receiving proper credentials)

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

Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Experience planning or providing agricultural program services.
  • Experience reviewing laws, regulations, policies and/or procedures for compliance OR explaining to others how they apply to specific situations.
  • Experience developing written technical reports or correspondence evaluating agricultural, science or business related issues.

Specialty Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Good knowledge of the rules and laws governing dairy plant inspections, milk sampling surveillance, and bulk milk hauler/plant sampling.
  • Certification by the FDA as a Milk Sanitation Rating Officer with the ability to conduct State Sanitation Ratings on Processing Plants, Receiving Stations, Transfer Stations, and Single Service Manufacturing Facilities.
  • Certification by the FDA as a Milk Sampling Surveillance Officer with the ability to conduct Bulk Milk Hauler Evaluations, Bulk Milk Tanker Evaluations, Plant Sampler Evaluations, and evaluate staff on evaluation and sampling procedures.

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

  • Certification by the USDA as a Plant Survey Inspector, Product Grader to conduct the grading and sampling of commodities being sold to USDA or into food programs, and as a Cooperating State Grader.
  • Experience investigating complaints of violations of laws and preparing reports with recommendations.

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 61 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"
  • 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 Department of Agriculture!


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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.