Agricultural Commodity Inspector I

Recruitment #050119-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 in the various poultry plants located 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 on the basis of contractor or USDA standards and  certifies their quality, condition, size, weight, quantity, and grade.
  • Verifies proper dating and labeling of commodity packages and containers.
  • Enforces federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Inspects, samples, tests, and grades commodities using standard inspection techniques.
  • Interprets and explains 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 a good working relationship with plant personnel, retailers, farmers, and facility management.
  • May prepare samples and/or laboratory analysis.
  • 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. Prepares a variety of reports.

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, fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains or fertilizers.
  2. Knowledge of math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals.
  3. Knowledge of record keeping.
  4. 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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