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FF&V Seed Inspector (Blackfoot Area)

Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/06
Posting End Date: 2024/05/06
Category: Agriculture
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Temporary
Location: Blackfoot, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 17.20
Maximum Salary: 17.20
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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

Referred lists will be pulled periodically. Apply as soon as possible to ensure you will be considered for this position.

These positions are located throughout Blackfoot, Grace, Soda Springs, Malad, Preston, Arco, American Falls, Aberdeen, Challis, Ellis, Tendoy, Salmon and the surrounding areas. Please be sure to indicate in your application in which city or cities you are willing to work. Please do not apply if you are not interested in working in these areas. These positions run for approximately 8 to 10 weeks. Seed inspectors are employed on a seasonal basis and will be subject to irregular hours and shift work. These positions require the inspector to work in cold and snowy weather conditions.

This position does not have benefits.

General Information: 

· Incumbents in these positions work in a high-volume setting until all samples are processed.

· Work involves exposure to extreme cold and heat, wet and humid environments, dust, dirt, exhaust fumes, poorly ventilated areas, noise and odors.

· Work requires standing for prolonged periods.

· Incumbents keep work area in safe condition and report any hazards to supervisor.

· Involves irregular work hours, (partial days and/or long hours) days and times and a rotation to multiple locations.

· Incumbents must effectively communicate while exercising tact and diplomacy and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

· Personal protective equipment may be required. Depending on the facility, incumbents may be required to purchase protective shoes and/or wear ear protection, hard hats, safety glasses, etc.

Example of Duties

Principal Responsibilities:

· Inspect and certify grades of seed potatoes for shipment

· Maintain seed lot identity.

· Visually verify lot location on storage maps.

· Sample and inspect seed lots to determine grade and size factors.

· Record inspection results.

· Tag and seal truckloads meeting Idaho's rules of certification.

· Complete Federal and State inspection certification.

· Clean and disinfect all inspection equipment.

· Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

These qualifications are mandatory requirements. Any combination of ability, education, training or experience that demonstrates competence in each of the following:

· With or without a reasonable accommodation, physical ability to:

a. Collect, lift and carry up to 50 pound containers

b. Intermittently bend, squat, twist and reach above shoulder level

c. Walk and stand for prolonged periods

d. Work outside around odors, fumes and dust in all weather conditions

e. Sufficient speech, vision, touch, balance and hearing to perform inspection activities

f. Pass a color test 

· Ability to:

a. Write or print neatly and legibly

b. Follow both verbal and written instructions and accurately complete time sheets and other required documentation

c. Must be able to read and write in English

d. Within two weeks of hire, obtain and retain an Inspector license from USDA

e. Possess a valid driver's license and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance

To apply click the blue Apply Now button or submit a paper application at to obtain a State of Idaho application. 

Complete and fax, mail, or email the application to the following contact:

Human Resources Idaho State Department of Agriculture P.O. Box 7249 Boise, ID 83707

Phone: (208) 332-8520

FAX: (208) 332-8668

Email: [email protected]

EEO/ADA/Veteran's Preference 

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. 

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. 

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!
If you have questions, 
please contact us at: 
[email protected] or at (208) 332-8520