Temporary Harvest Inspectors

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

About the organization

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has an ever-important place in one of the state’s largest industry sectors. We recognize Idaho’s economic well-being is forever tied to the health of its farming and ranching. We also recognize new opportunities exist that will redefine the future of agriculture in Idaho. As agriculture changes, ensuring efficient and superior service delivery will be the department’s foremost priority. The pledge has been made to optimize the value of principles our farmers and ranchers have framed over the past century.

- Celia R. Gould


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.


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 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)



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply for these positions please contact Hanna Hall at [email protected] or apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/idaho?department[0]=Department%20of%20Agriculture&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&page=2.

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