Agriculture Field Inspector I

Meat and Poultry Inspector

Recruitment #210712-L16A-15



The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Meat and Poultry Inspector in the Food Safety Department. This is a classified position (PIN #04000325). The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packetincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary for this position is up to $36,714.00 based on education and experience. 

This position will be responsible for inspections across several counties in Oklahoma. Duty station will be determined upon hire.
Applications for this position will be periodically reviewed therefore this announcement could close at any time. 

Position Description:
This position is responsible for performing inspections at meat and poultry plants in Oklahoma. The position will be required to quickly identify abnormalities in food animals prior to and after slaughter; evaluate the adequacy and the effectiveness of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs  and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and systems including recognizing and identifying actual and potential food safety hazards in the meat-processing environment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position will work in hazardous areas where dangerous equipment is in operation. This position requires the use of inspection equipment including the use of knives during the performance of their duties. Ambient temperature can be extremely hot or cold during inspections.

This position requires daily travel with minimal overnight travel.


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.