State of Arizona AGRICULTURE INSPECTOR II in TUCSON, Arizona

POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

*FIRST REVIEW OF RESUMES WILL BE APRIL 16, 2018*

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Agriculture Inspector II position for our Plant Services Division in the Willcox/Cochise County area. The position will report to the Tucson Operations office.

The Department of Agriculture’s, Plant Services Division, safeguards agriculture, food and the environment from the risks associated with the entry, establishment and spread of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds thereby promoting agricultural sustainability, market access and competitiveness.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position will perform a variety of complex agriculture and horticulture inspections, screen samples collected from inspections conducted by using a microscope; determine and recognize harmful insects and diseases of plants; monitor and execute controls and eradication programs and enforcement of laws and regulations; issue certificates and/or permits to nurseries; place warning holds, load reports and other specialized inspections as directed by supervisor. Record items of interest on inspection reports and submit samples to be reviewed. You will prepare bait for traps; place traps within a targeted location; mapping of traps, placing, monitor, and service traps using established protocols. Position requires you to be in the field on a daily basis and very detailed orientated.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Federal, State and agency laws, rules, regulations and standards governing inspections, habitats and distribution of harmful insects, weeds and diseases of plants

  • Diseases that may have adverse effects on agriculture crops and/or commodities

  • Techniques and methods of inspecting and applying corrective controls

  • Enforcement of laws specific to agriculture/horticultural industries

  • Use of microscope

SKILLS IN:

  • Application and interpretation of Federal, State and agency laws, rules and regulations

  • Recommending appropriate controls of insects, weeds and diseases and assisting in applications

  • Applying the relative enforcement of laws to violators

  • Oral/Written communication

  • Interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers

ABILITY TO:

  • Recognize various agricultural products and commodities

  • Independently interpret and apply standards or procedures to determine alternative solutions

  • Communicate orally and in writing in order to document findings

  • Conduct inspections and prepare reports

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, stakeholders and the general public

  • Manipulate insect specimens with use of microscope

  • Drive a truck

  • Read maps

SELECTIVE PREFERENCES:

One to two year experience in agriculture/horticulture inspections, work experience or college course work in related field.

Regulatory experience.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

Special Job Requirements: In-state travel required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid Arizona state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

BENEFITS:

We offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes sick leave, annual leave and 10 holidays per year; health and dental insurance; life insurance, retirement plan and long term disability. Optional employee benefits include short-term disability, supplemental life insurance and deferred compensation.

RETIREMENT:

Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 11.50%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting the Human Resources Department at (602)542-0925. Request should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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Post Date: 04/11/2018

Category: AG/FARM/FISH/FORESTRY/WILDLIFE

Grade: 15

Location: TUCSON

Salary: 29,120.00-29,120.00