Plant Industry Inspector 1- Potato Inspector #55213

Minnesota Department of Agriculture   East Grand Forks, MN   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on April 29, 2022
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This position inspects potatoes and related commodities for grade and condition at shipping point and inspects seed potato fields and storage facilities for certified seed potato producers and shippers in the state of Minnesota. This position will also determine certified seed potato eligibility as requested by growers, based on documentation, field inspection and rules and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications


* To facilitate proper years of service crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
* High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
* Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.
* Experience with personal computers, computer peripherals such as printers and scanners and software such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word, SharePoint and other web-based inspection tools.
* Experience with time management, organizing and planning work.
* Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a professional, clear, concise, accurate and effective manner to a wide range of audiences.
* Experience interpreting and consistently applying written protocols and standards.
* Ability to make appropriate decisions with minimal direction and be able to carry out detailed instructions.

Preferred Qualifications
* Advanced degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, Epidemiology, Public or Environmental Health, Animal or Food Science or related field.
* Two years of experience working with regulatory officials of other state and federal government agencies.
* Industry food processing experience such as food safety auditing, food safety regulatory affairs or food manufacturing industry experience in food production or sanitation operations or quality assurance work.
* Two or more years of experience inspecting or handling fruits and vegetables.
* Laboratory work experience.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regulatory required to sit for more than 1/3 of the work time using a computer and/or telephone. The employee uses wrists, hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, color vision and hand/eye coordination. Working conditions are often cold, dark, and damp and may involve considerable amount of dirt and decomposing plant material.

Additional Requirements

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks and driver's history check. It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as part of its hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for positions within the agency. The background check for this position may include an Employment Records Check and a Reference Check. The background check may consist of the following components:

SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only)
Employment Reference Check
Driver's License Check
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Why Work For Us
Pursue your passion for agriculture with us! The potato inspection unit offers an opportunity for you to have a positive impact in the agriculture community! Many producers and industry professionals rely on our expertise for guidance in their day to day farming and business operations! Join us today!

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

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