CPS Field Inspector

Recruitment #220712-L16A-07

Introduction

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Consumer Protection Services (CPS) Field Inspector in the Consumer Protection Service Division. This is a classified position (PIN #04000423) 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 $36,714.00 - $38,474.00.

This position may be filled at a level I or a level II.

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 monitoring pre-construction termite treatments; conducting the routine inspection, performing any required sampling, and completing all associated reports; investigation of pesticide complaints; check scales, price verification, follow-up procedures, and tracking & reporting all pesticide related complaints and tips using equipment such as computers, digital photography, and database for preparation of reports and electronic submission to central office; conducting and reporting on a variety of CPS Inspections; sampling of pesticide products and Ag Resource products:  as well as attending training programs, public speaking activities, displays at meetings.

Level Descriptors:

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. This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full performance level for performing a full range of tasks involving investigation, analysis, and interpretation of state and federal laws. ## In this role, employees will evaluate inspection and survey data, prepare technical reports and records, and make recommendations concerning remedial actions to correct agricultural environmental, water, and other problems.  Some responsibility may be assigned for providing limited guidance and training to entry-level employees performing environmental program duties.

Level II
This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full performance level for performing a full range of tasks involving investigation, analysis, and interpretation of state and federal laws. ## In this role, employees will evaluate inspection and survey data, prepare technical reports and records, and make recommendations concerning remedial actions to correct agricultural environmental, water, and other problems.  Some responsibility may be assigned for providing limited guidance and training to entry-level employees performing environmental program duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Level I
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.

Level II
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; of English usage; of methods and procedures of processing operations; and of the characteristics of applicable agricultural products. 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; to apply research methodologies; to read and interpret plans and specifications of proposed facilities; and to perform a full range of inspections and investigations within the assigned area of specialization.

Special Requirements: 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.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has determined that some positions in this job family are safety sensitive as defined by 63 O.S. § 427.8.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Applicant must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license in order to fulfill all job-related travel including some overnight travel and attendance of state of-state meetings.

This position is exposed to potentially hazard chemicals including pesticides. Applicants will work in all types of weather including inclement and extreme weather conditions as necessary and must be able to travel across uneven pastures and fields to investigate alleged drift of pesticides and complete inspections under homes and other structures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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.

Level II
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 plus one year of qualifying inspection experience or administrative or managerial experience in an agricultural related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; or possession of the appropriate USDA license prescribed by the contract creating the position plus one year of qualifying inspection experience or administrative or managerial experience in an agricultural related field.

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.

NOTES

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