Arkansas Government Job AGRICULTURE COMMODITY COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR in Springdale/Fayetteville Area, Arkansas

Summary

The Agriculture Commodity Compliance Inspector is responsible for the quality of eggs and poultry sold in and out of the state. This position is governed by state and federal laws, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, and agency/institution policy.

Typical Functions

Inspects retail food stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, and other egg product users by visiting establishments and selecting random samples for inspection, candling eggs, checking storage temperatures, reviewing invoices for correct terminology, and checking cartons for code dates and packer origin to ensure compliance with the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act. Conducts field inspections of poultry and egg products for sale by producers, packers, retail outlets, and unlicensed sellers. Monitors plant and processing operations to assure that facilities and equipment are sanitary and prepares a variety of reports and records related to plant operations and products. Acts as temporary replacement grader at poultry processing plants by examining products from each processing line for compliance with USDA regulations and contract specifications. Acts as a temporary replacement grader at shell egg processing plants by inspecting each shift for sanitation and checking and recording temperatures and chlorine levels of egg wash. Records temperature and relative humidity of coolers and shipping areas. Observes machinery for proper dating and labeling. Examines individual eggs for weight, grade, and quality. Notifies plant management of samples out-of compliance. Trains company employees in proper egg and poultry products grading, and issues official certificates for various contracts. Reviews contract abstracts and specification requirements and determines that grade, size, and weight conform to specifications. Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Frequent overnight travel is required. Exposure to chemicals, varying temperatures, noise, and unpleasant odors is required.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge of USDA rules and regulations and state and federal laws governing the egg and poultry industry. Knowledge of egg and poultry industry facilities and operations and procedures utilized by egg and poultry producers and processing plants. Ability to interpret egg and poultry rules and regulations. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct training sessions for company employed poultry graders. Ability to conduct on-site inspections to determine compliance with USDA standards, laws, and regulations. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

Licensed as a poultry grader and shell egg grader and in shell egg surveillance by the United States Department of Agriculture as established by the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 as amended (7 USC 1621) and the Egg Products Inspection Act of 1946 (21 USC 1031-1056); plus three years of experience in the egg and poultry industry or a related field, including one year in a leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Preferred Qualifications

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Agency Specific Information

This position works all shifts in the Springdale/Fayetteville area. Travel in Northwest Arkansas with occasional travel outside of Northwest Arkansas.