Agricultural Commodity Inspector I

Recruitment #022221-MGAA01-650100

Summary Statement

This is entry level commodity inspection work. The incumbent will provide state-wide relief work in poultry plants and an egg plant. The majority of work will be at the various poultry plants in Sussex County.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Conducts inspection of commodities such as poultry, eggs, or fruits and vegetables to determine compliance with a variety of contractor or USDA standards such as grade, weight, quantity and packaging, and makes final grade determination.
  • Inspects, samples, tests, and grades commodities using standard inspection techniques; grades poultry including whole birds, drum, legs, wings, breast, and boneless skinless products to include marinated products, antibiotic free claims, and organic claims; considering factors such as fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight and other conditions.  Examines eggs for weight, color, soundness, texture of shell, absence of defects, clarity of yolk outline and clarity and firmness of albumen.
  • Prepares and issues certification of products for both international and national distribution.
  • Monitors food safety controls such as sanitation, processing and storage conditions; communicates issues immediately to supervisor and/or management.  
  • Verifies store specifications on labeling which includes expiration dates, product codes, dates for compliance, and ensures appropriate labels are applied.
  • Enforces federal and state laws, rules, and regulations and resolves issues within the range of normal plant activities involving grading/inspection determinations and operating problems.
  • Interprets and applies technical standards, rules, and regulations; explains and defends all grade and inspection determinations and coordinates grading services with plant production activities.
  • Cooperates with federal agencies, official state organizations and agencies, and other State representatives on matters related to agricultural inspection and grading.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with plant personnel, retailers, farmers, and facility management.
  • Utilizes computers to enter information and prepare a variety of reports and records such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issued and other administrative records.
  • Provides technical information and assistance to representatives of the Attorney General's Office as well as the Inspector General's Office in preparing court cases and testifying.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Agricultural Commodity Inspector I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:


  1. Knowledge of inspecting agricultural commodities such as poultry, eggs, or fruits and vegetables.
  2. Knowledge of math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals.
  3. Knowledge of record keeping.
  4. Knowledge of applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
  6. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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