Temporary Harvest Inspectors - Blackfoot Area

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

'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 temporary, non-benefited Inspector 1 positions for harvest in the Agriculture Inspections division in the Blackfoot area. Although the dates may vary based on the needs of the harvest season, these positions will start approximately between mid-August and run through approximately late November. Temporary Inspectors 1 are employed on a seasonal basis and will be subject to irregular hours and shift work. This position does not have benefits. This announcement will remain open until these positions have been filled. Apply as soon as possible to ensure you will be considered for these positions. GENERAL INFORMATION Incumbents 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. Incumbents must communicate effectively while exercising tact and diplomacy and work independently with minimal supervision.  Incumbents must keep work area 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. Incumbents will receive on-the-job training in proper sampling and safety procedures. 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.   General duties may include the following: * Forklift operating: Operate forklift to stage sample containers for inspection. With forklift, unload incoming samples from trucks; move containers to inspection station and place in production states by date and lot number; maintain awareness of flow of samples through inspection station, and select next appropriate sample according to date and lot number; remove and relocate empty containers; perform minor maintenance on forklifts; assist inspectors by physically lifting heavy items. May require maneuvering a forklift to loading docks across heavy traffic, around cramped, crowded plants, and over drainage gratings and slick floors inside the inspection station; perform related duties as required. * Grading/Raw Lab Technician: Simultaneously work with a crew of graders to examine product externally and internally according to standards pertaining to size, shape, varietal characteristics, appearance and degree of imperfection using visual inspection, paring knives, small scales and size rings; place commodities in bins by grades and unusable portions; answer questions from new graders on grading procedures and grading decisions; be responsible for accurately determining the grade of commodities for all lots or loads specified for inspection; assign initial grade to commodities according to Federal and State standards and contract specifications; sample commodity to determine the raw product's attributes; complete equipment maintenance and sanitation duties; enter testing data into proprietary database. Incumbent may be rotated on an as needed basis between internal and external grading assignments; perform related duties as required. * Sampling: Use sample tray or automatic sampling apparatus to take appropriate number of samples according to size of bulk load; follow specific sampling procedures to minimize product damage and to ensure accuracy of sample; place appropriate number of samples in composite sample container; label container by date and contract number and attach identification tags; seal container to ensure sample integrity; may assist in contract or dockside inspection by lifting and weighing samples; record sample weights on note sheets; some positions may be required to place sub-samples in sacks which may weigh up to 100 pounds then carry sacks to pallets. * 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. * Other duties as assigned. 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 35 pounds * Intermittently bend, squat, twist and reach above shoulder level * Pass a color test * Have sufficient vision, touch and balance to perform the inspection and grading duties * Manual dexterity including the ability to toss, pull, push, lift, carry, and cut commodities * Ability to: * Follow written and verbal instructions and accurately complete time sheets and other required documentation * Write or print neatly and legibly * Verify and copy information * Perform basic math computations (add and subtract) and count accurately * Must be able to read and write in English * Within one month of hire, obtain and retain an Inspector Aide license from USDA * Within two months of hire, obtain and retain a USDA SC-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 * Demonstrated ability to identify various internal and external defects * Experience with the practices and procedures involved in handling and rotating large containers while operating a forklift * Good knowledge of:  * Federal and State grading procedures and standards * Various grades and their requirements You can apply online or by submitting a paper application. To apply online, please click the green 'Apply' button in the top right corner. To submit a paper application, visit https://dhr.idaho.gov/job-seekers/ and select Application Packet 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: jobs@isda.idaho.gov  For directions to the office, call: (208) 332-8520 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!    If you have questions, please contact us at: jobs@isda.idaho.gov or at (208) 332-8520 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 or for the recruiting process, please contact ISDA's HR Department at jobs@isda.idaho.gov or at (208) 332-8520.

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