Summary The Agriculture (Agri) Inspector III is responsible for surveying, monitoring, inspecting, investigating, collecting samples and other activities as described below for one or more of the divisions of the Arkansas Agriculture Department including the Livestock and Poultry Commission, State Plant Board, and the Bureau of Standards. This position may supervise other Inspectors. This position is governed by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, state and federal laws, and agency policy.
Typical Functions LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY COMMISSION: Vaccinates cattle and officially identifies livestock at markets and farms to ensure disease prevention and compliance with federal and state regulations for animal disease traceability. Responds to animal health regulatory complaints and ensures compliance with Arkansas animal health regulations. Inspects commercial poultry hatcheries for compliance with the National Poultry Improvement Plan. Monitors animal exhibitions and activities for the purposes of disease detection and prevention in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations. Responds to animal emergencies. Conducts fair audits annually. Prepares and submits weekly and monthly reports. May supervise and/or train new employees. Performs other duties as assigned. STATE PLANT BOARD: Issues certificates, quarantines, and permits. Trains, monitors, and supervises the work of new and seasonal employees. Conducts inspections of dealer records, applicator records, application methods, application sites, regulated equipment, regulated structures, regulated entities, collects samples, and gathers evidence required to assimilate a case file in response to a complaint alleging a pesticide misuse or non-compliance with State Plant Board regulations. Performs other duties as assigned. BUREAU OF STANDARDS: Inspects and tests weighing and measuring devices used for commercial activity and removes out of compliance devices from service. Inspects packaged commodities to determine accuracy of weight or measurement standards and compliance with labeling requirements. Investigates consumer complaints, gathers evidence, prepares reports and case files. Determines price accuracy in retail establishments and ensures appropriate method of sale for all products. Confirms required information is provided to consumers through ticketing or receipts. Confirms Country of Origin labeling inspection on meats, seafood, nuts, and produce. Inspects records for compliance with applicable laws and ordinances. May supervise and/or train new employees. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions Frequent in-state travel, exposure to diseased livestock, manufacturing facilities/machinery, and/or occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals/substances/environments. Occasional to frequent lifting and carrying of heavy/bulky items. Occasional 24/7 on call duty is required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY COMMISSION: Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing the livestock industry and agency inspections/investigations. Knowledge of field and laboratory testing procedures and requirements utilized to determine the existence of diseases. Knowledge of safety working procedures with livestock. Knowledge of basic supervisory principles and practices. Ability to perform inspections/investigations, follow proper procedures, and issue quarantines on infected and exposed livestock. Ability to monitor the interstate and intrastate movement of livestock to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. Ability to maintain records and prepare activity and monitoring reports. Ability to gather documentation necessary for prosecution of violators. Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions. Ability to respond to emergency situations.
STATE PLANT BOARD: Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing plant, seed, pesticide, feed and fertilizer industry. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing agency inspections/investigations. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability to perform inspections/investigations and follow proper procedures. Ability to maintain records and prepare reports. Ability to withstand hazardous environments. Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions.
BUREAU OF STANDARDS: Knowledge of state and federal laws and agency policies regarding measurement and weight standards. Knowledge of inspection and investigation techniques, evidence collection, applied/business mathematics, operation of test equipment and devices in the marketplace, record keeping and report writing. Knowledge of basic supervisory principles and practices. Ability to work independently, infrequently lift and carry up to 100 pounds, and frequently lift and carry up to 30 pounds and/or bulky objects. Ability to climb stairs/ladders, bend/stoop, kneel, push/pull, stand/walk for prolonged time periods, and wear personal protective gear. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and make decisions. Ability to interpret/apply/enforce all applicable standards. Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of subordinates.
Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in animal science, poultry science, livestock management, business or an applicable field; plus two years of experience in the applicable field, including one year in a leadership capacity within the agency. OR The formal education equivalent of an associate's degree in animal science, livestock management, poultry science, business or an applicable field; plus four years of experience in the applicable field, including two years in a leadership capacity within the agency. OR The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus six years of experience in the applicable field, including two years in a leadership capacity within the agency. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.
OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY COMMISSION: Must be able to obtain the Arkansas Beef Quality Assurance Program Certification within six months of hire date. Must have completed Certificate of Incident Command System (ICS trainings 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800) from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) or another certified trainer. STATE PLANT BOARD: Must have completed Incident Command System (ICS 100, 200 and two additional course) trainings from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) within one year of hire date. Must have completed training provided by relevant professional organizations as required and approved by the State Plant Board Director. Must have completed CPR and Supervisor and/or Leadership training provided by the DFA - Office of Personnel Management or another certified trainer.
Agency Specific Information This is an extra-help position (Livestock Market Reporter)
Essential Functions: Collect, analyze, evaluate and disseminate data on marketing conditions. Data includes information such as supply, demand, price, quality, condition, movement and grades. Assign official grades to all classes of livestock using descriptions based on USDA grade standards. Establish and maintain contact with a wide range of representatives of trade interests, including producers, wholesalers, buyers, sellers, retailers and processors as well as financial agencies and transportation representatives, to obtain accurate and current market information. Study daily and seasonal operations as well as market reports from competitive production areas in other areas of the United States, and especially reports from destination markets, in order to analyze and evaluate the significance of data collected from local sources and report findings. Participate in meetings with livestock producers and marketing firms as an expert consultant in assessing and reporting the impact of livestock, the volume of markets, grades and quality and services provided by the Market News programs. Travel periodically to visit with trade contacts, officials, attends training workshops and industry meetings.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Recommended in this Position Thorough knowledge of all livestock breeds. General knowledge of the principles involved in the marketing of livestock. Ability to analyze and interpret economic trade and technical data to draw valid conclusions from this material. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with producers and processors, departmental personnel and the general public. Ability to assign USDA grade standards to each animal sold. Ability to explain to producers the grade placed on animals and answer questions pertaining to grade standards.
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