Meat Inspector I

Recruitment #220617-L16A-06


The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time AG Field Inspector in the Food Safety Division. This is a classified position (PIN #04000352) in state government. 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. The annual salary for this position is up to $36,714.00 based on education and experience.

Basic Purpose:
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.

Position Description:
This position is responsible for performing inspections at meat and poultry plants in Oklahoma. In addition to, incumbent 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 without proper inspection. Verifying that meat and poultry products involved in truck wrecks are handled properly.

Level Descriptor:
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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of procedures for inspecting, evaluating and grading various agricultural commodities; of state and USDA regulations governing the standards and transport of applicable agricultural products; of federal and state laws regarding packaging and other standards related to agricultural products; of environmental and sanitation standards; of materials and equipment used in the applicable agricultural industry; of various types of animal and plant diseases; of record keeping; of basic mathematics including percentages; and of English usage. Ability is required to conduct inspections related to agricultural products, services, and facilities to determine compliance with established standards, laws and regulations; to follow complex oral and written instructions; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to attend to several matters simultaneously; to operate and maintain monitoring and detection equipment; and to apply research methodologies.


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.

Special Requirements:
Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma Driver’s 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 Sanitarian-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.


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