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


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Dairy Technical Services Scientist 3

Scientist 3

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: February 2, 2018 - March 2, 2018
Announcement # 07034012467
Salary Range: $27.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise


"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 a Scientist 3 in the Animal Industries Division for the Nutrient/Environmental Management program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise Animal Industries management team and staff on scientific and/or technical issues that include waste handling practices, environmental management plans, soil sampling, liquid and solid waste storage and land application practices on livestock facilities throughout Idaho
  • Develop and perform standardized construction inspection approvals and routine inspections of livestock waste management systems such as lagoons and catch basin to include size, compaction, soil composition, etc.
  • Assist with approval of nutrient management plans (NMPs) including, but not limited to, evaluating the amount of nutrients a CAFO creates, ensuring they have enough containment for what they generate, and that they have enough farm ground to apply at agronomic rates
  • Provide quality assurance and peer review support for the NMP and Environmental programs
  • Assist in development of approval/inspection protocol for compost and solid stack sites. This may include investigations, soil sampling, etc.
  • Lead the process for the development of best management practices for waste management practices on livestock facilities and ensure compliance with laws, rules and/or regulations.
  • Represent ISDA on CAFO Siting team
  • Assist with training NMP program staff
  • Coordinate soil sampling and sample submission between agencies and laboratories; conduct soil sampling training sessions including sample preparation, collection, tracking, reporting findings, etc. with ISDA staff, the general public and other department divisions and state or federal agencies
  • Develop and implement soil sampler training and certification program, including continuing education requirements.
  • Develop and implement Certified Nutrient Management Planner training and certification, including continuing education training
  • Evaluate NMP inspections conducted by field staff and make recommendations for improvement
  • Advise Administrator, Deputy Administrator and Ag. Section Manager on issues related to Environmental Management Programs
  • Assist in preparation and maintenance of planning, measurement, and inspection documents
  • Assist Animal Industries managers and supervisors with annual performance plans for Animal Industries Dairy and Livestock Inspectors
  • Function as the point of contact for maintenance of the Nutrient Management Plan software for external customers and ISDA IT support
  • Fulfill responsibilities of an ISDA employee as outlined in the department’s Risk Management/Safety Policy
  • Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences or related field; AND at least four years’ experience in scientific assessment, environmental protection and pollution control techniques, such as designing, reviewing, or implementing scientific projects, investigations remediation projects, monitoring projects; OR organizing and interpreting laboratory and field data; performing activities associated with pollution prevention and mitigation; and recommending and overseeing the completion of remedial actions.
    Possession of a Master’s degree in the sciences or related field; AND two years’ experience as defined above;
    Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the sciences or related field.

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

  • Experience in:
    • Nutrient management plans
    • Environmental inspections
    • Approved feedlots
    • Livestock waste inspections
    • Agricultural industry

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 75 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"
  • Boise 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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