Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Agriculture Marketing and Inspection Representative 2

Recruitment #210903-7370AR-001

Introduction



The State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture (DoAg) is seeking a full-time Agriculture Marketing & Inspection Representative 2 (AMIR 2) position to support its animal feed regulatory program for manufacturing and distribution of animal feeds, including pet foods. The position will also support the agency's hemp, egg grading, small poultry slaughter, seed, fertilizer, soil amendment product registrations and product safeties.

This position will be based out of 450 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A flex schedule is available for work-related schedule adjustments to attending industry meetings on nights and weekends. In-state travel will be frequently required; a state car is provided. Out of state travel may be required annually to attend trainings/meetings/seminars.

The AMIR 2 will be expected to work independently managing a variety of state and federally regulatory programs for the industry. Candidates must have the understanding and experience with regulating agricultural commodities including animal feed, hemp, egg grading, small poultry slaughter, seed, fertilizer, soil amendment product registrations and product safeties.
 
As an AMIR 2, candidates must have experience in the following; acting as a program leader within an agency wide program; assisting in training employees engaged in inspections of agricultural commodities and businesses; and performing sampling and regulating techniques; On-farm site visits will be necessary, therefore the incumbents must have an understanding of agriculture production and seasonality. The ability to perform other related duties as required will be important. 

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F(3a) and 13G(3a) .

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Agriculture, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jennifer Neumann at jennifer.neumann@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Agriculture, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in the development, promotion, regulation and inspection of agricultural businesses, production and processing plants and retail facilities for compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

MARKETING PROGRAMS: Performs specialized duties including acting as program leader within an agency wide program; assists in training of employees engaged in marketing of departmental programs; promotes and develops domestic and international markets for agricultural businesses and products; conducts seminars to assist in production and marketing of agricultural products and businesses; acts as agency representative for departmental programs for public and private forums; conducts surveys and market research; develops and disseminates technical information to promote development of agricultural businesses within the state; gathers information and prepares reports; may conduct or coordinate special marketing projects; may enforce federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; performs related duties as required.

INSPECTIONS PROGRAMS: Performs specialized duties including acting as program leader within an agency wide program; assists in training of employees engaged in inspection of agricultural commodities and businesses; gathers information and prepares reports for administrative hearings and court proceedings; checks permits, licenses and interstate health charts; observes sampling techniques; responds to related complaints from the general public; may inspect dairy farms, livestock and poultry farms, feed and fertilizer plants, storage facilities, stores and seed packers for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; may inspect livestock and poultry for disease conditions; may collect samples for testing; may conduct tests and interpret results in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations; may recommend and enforce regulatory actions when non-compliance to state and federal laws and regulations is determined; may enforce federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of production, marketing, research development or processing of agricultural commodities; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of inspection and investigation methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of agricultural and/or business development practices; knowledge of plant and animal disease control methods and procedures; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in the marketing, research, development, production or inspection of agricultural commodities or businesses.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of Agriculture Marketing and Inspection Representative 1.

Note: Equivalent experience is interpreted as professional experience involving marketing or inspection.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in agriculture or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Experience regulating and inspecting agricultural commodity facilities such as feed, fertilizer, storage facilities, seed packers, hemp, egg grading, small poultry slaughter, and soil amendment;
  • Experience training employees engaged in inspecting agricultural commodities or businesses;
  • Experience performing sampling and testing of agricultural products;
  • Experience performing investigations and writing reports.
  • Knowledge of agricultural production or processing of agricultural commodities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain appropriate state and/or federal certification within six (6) months of appointment.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  3. In this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be required to lift heavy objects, such as crates of produce; may be required to climb on boxcars; may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions; may be exposed to some risk of injury from animals.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.