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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/20
Posting End Date: 2024/06/04
Category: Agriculture
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Blackfoot, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 19.70
Maximum Salary: 19.70
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."  


The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Inspector 3 position in the Blackfoot District, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Office, within the Division of Agricultural Inspections. 


SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This non-classified position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.  Full benefits package included. 


This announcement will close at 4:59 p.m. on June 4, 2024.

 Apply today! 



Employees in these positions work in a high-volume production 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. Employees must keep work areas in safe condition and report any hazards to supervisor. May involve irregular work hours, (partial days and/or long hours) days and times and a rotation to multiple locations. Personal protective equipment may be required. Depending on the facility, employees may be required to purchase protective shoes and/or wear ear protection, hard hats, safety glasses, etc.

Employees provide technical assistance and oversight to fresh produce packing and processing facilities in the interpretation and application of Federal and State grading standards or marketing order requirements. Under direction, employees inspect and determine grade of commodities according to Federal and State standards and contract specifications; complete forms and worksheets for issuance of official certificates; and perform related work as required. Duties involve frequent lifting, moving, and dumping of bags or other containers.

Employees in these positions must possess a high level of human relation skills to work cooperatively, jointly, and effectively with customers to ensure inspection procedures meet established program specifications. Employees must effectively communicate both verbally and in writing and interact with work crews, growers and other industry members while using tact and diplomacy. They must be able to communicate with growers and other members of the industry regarding work schedules or delays, answers questions and explain work progress, processes, procedures, standards, and requirements.


General duties may include the following:

  • Customer Assisted Inspection Program oversight: Provide technical oversight, support, and assistance regarding Federal and State laws, rules and regulations governing produce inspection procedures; monitor applicant staff for compliance to program requirements and assist industry employees with interpretation and application of grading standards and marketing order requirements; verify inspections on packed product and the accuracy of inspection equipment; maintain written inspection instructions for policies and procedures; issue final product certification documents; evaluate and document performance of applicant staff assigned to inspection duties; inform applicants and inspection management staff of all major and critical non-conformities; perform related duties as required.
  • Training: Provide instruction and on-the-job training to applicant staff on laws, regulations, and instructions governing inspection, grading methods, Federal and State grades, standards and tolerances, certificate requirements for foreign export, domestic shipment, and government purchases; identify policy and program issues and provide findings to district management; perform related duties as required.
  • Supervision: Organize work crews and assign work details; establish and prepare work schedules; monitor progress of work to ensure deadlines are met; reassign employees to meet changing workload requirements; ensure adequate supply of work materials and supplies; review and examine work for accuracy and adherence to proper procedures, standards, and requirements; coordinate on-the-job training and answer employee questions on work procedures; observe employee work activities and provide guidance, training and/or correction when necessary; resolve employee issues, however, must communicate with Section Manager when any personnel issue may result in disciplinary actions and when changes in workload trigger the need for staff reductions; complete performance evaluations. Perform related duties as required.
  • Auditing: Drive to various, sometimes remote, locations; conduct an opening meeting with the auditee; review auditee's food safety plan; use appropriate checklist to interview the auditee and the auditee's employees to determine adherence to their plan, to the checklist/audit scheme requirements and their risk analysis, logs, test results, training records and/or other documentation; tour the fields, storage buildings, and/or packing facilities; document findings; note and explain non-conformances; write Corrective Action Reports (CAR); conduct a closing meeting, review findings, answer questions, and leave CARs; digitally enter and submit the audit to the Ag. Program Manager for review; perform related duties as required.


An Inspector 3 may:

· Conduct Inspector 1, Inspector 2, Seed Inspector, Grasshopper Scout, Insect Trapping Scout, Invasive Species Surveyor, Redfish Inspector, Roving Inspector, Hydrilla Inspector, Field Inspector, Field Inspection Team Lead, Field Inspection Supervisor, North Idaho Panhandle Technician, Japanese Beetle Trapper and/or Egg Inspection job duties throughout the year.

· Be required to meet the mandatory qualifications of an Inspector 1 and/or Inspector 2.


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 reasonable accommodation, physical ability to:
  • Stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Work in extreme cold and heat, wet and humid environments around dirt, fumes, poorly ventilated areas, noise and odors
  • Collect, lift and carry samples weighing up to 60 pounds
  • Intermittently bend, squat, twist and reach above shoulder level
  • Have sufficient vision, touch and balance to perform the inspection and grading duties
  • Pass a color test
  • Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions and accurately complete time sheets and other required documentation
  • Ensure adherence to grading or sampling standards, procedures and requirements
  • Write or print neatly and legibly
  • Observe, train and give direction to staff and/or applicant staff.
  • Must be able to read and write in English
  • Possess a valid driver's license and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance 
  • Within two months of hire obtain and retain a USDA FV-200 (acquired with on-the-job training and evaluation)


DESIRABLE AREAS: These qualifications are not required; however, are desired in a candidate.

  • Ability to collect, lift, carry, and push/pull heavy objects weighing up to 80 pounds 
  • Knowledge of and ability to explain work processes, procedures, standards and requirements
  • Experience applying State and Federal laws, regulations and instructions governing inspection and grading methods






We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit.


· Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance

· Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start

· 11 paid holidays a year

· Paid parental leave 

· Multiple retirement savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457 

· Basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000) 

· Ongoing training opportunities

· An opportunity for student loan forgiveness

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