Agriculture Field Inspector I

Dairy Inspector

Recruitment #210325-L16A-09



The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Dairy Inspector in the Food Safety Division. This is a classified position (PIN #04000629) in state government; position location will be determined upon hire within one of the following counties:  Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner or Mayes. The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $37,333.33 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
This position will work under limited supervision of the Dairy Director. Responsibilities will include: inspecting assigned facilities,  performing required technical equipment tests on pasteurization systems as needed, assisting FDA Regional Milk Specialist with inspections, certifications and records, collecting for submittal to appropriate laboratories for analysis, conduct sampling surveillance activities, provide training, field evaluations, and certifications of industry personnel for industry sealing of pasteurization equipment, conduct special investigations as necessary to include aflatoxin, pesticide, antibiotic residues, added water adulteration, and food-borne illness, investigate complaints and respond to public requests for information regarding milk and dairy products, along with maintaining files both physical and electronic.

Special Requirements:
Selected applicant must become a Registered Sanitarian with the Oklahoma Department of Health within one year of hire.

Must have and maintain a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position requires frequent travel with occasional overnight stays. This position will work in various outdoor settings which may require traveling across uneven grounds, the ability to ascends/descends ladders to and may be required transport up to 50 pounds on occasion.

Applications for this announcement will be reviewed periodically therefore this position may be filled at any time prior to the closing date of this announcement.




Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving planning, conducting, coordinating and supervising technical and professional work operations related to an assigned agricultural program or in an assigned area or district to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations and to provide protection for consumers and others within the industry.  Responsibilities include performing inspections, grading, reporting, samplings, surveys, and investigations, reviewing and approving federal grants, providing consultative services, and specialized functions such as market reporting.


This job family consists of five levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of job assignments, the level of expertise required to perform assigned duties, and the responsibility assigned for the leadership of others or the management of assigned functions.

Level I:
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities involving beginning level work in a training status to build their skills in conducting investigations, performing basic professional analysis and interpreting state and federal laws, rules and regulations concerning agricultural products and services.  In this role they will be involved in the evaluation of inspection and survey data, preparing technical records and reports, and assisting in making recommendations concerning remedial action to correct environmental or water problems.


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in an agricultural, biological, plant, animal, physical or natural science, food technology, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; or possession of the appropriate USDA license prescribed by the contract creating the position.


Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma Drivers license and be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with the position. 

Some positions may require that applicants be eligible for registration as a Sanitation-in-Training, possess a valid Oklahoma commercial chauffeurs license, be willing and able to climb ladders; catwalks, or other high objects, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be able to work unusual hours when necessary. 

Some positions may require a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) license as prescribed in the USDA contract.  Some positions may require certification from an optometrist of having passed a color vision test before entering on duty.

Level I Meat Inspectors are required to pass 20 days basic slaughter and meat processing training and 8 days regulatory HACCP inspection training.

Federal/State Graders are required to attend Federal grader training, pass the training test and obtain a USDA grader license as prescribed by the USDA contract within three months after the enter-on duty date.

Level II Meat Inspectors must pass a 12-day processing inspection training course and have one week of FAIM computer training.


The Department of Agriculture Food, and Forestry has been authorized to utilize the following selective qualification for this recruitment.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 hours in biological, plant, animal, physical or natural science and be eligible for registration for a Sanitarian In-Training license within 12 months of employment.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on the supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.

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