STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR
Class Code: 0145-18 Date Established: 09-23-92
Occupational Code: 3-1-1 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To investigate and review the production, processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural products for compliance with state and federal laws and rules.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Inspects farms, roadside stands, wholesale distributing houses and retail stores to ensure that agricultural products meet grade, quality and condition, and labeling standards.
· Samples livestock feed, pet foods, seed, fertilizer, lime and horticultural growing media from manufacturing plants, wholesalers, retailers and farms for analysis and content and enforces state regulations regarding packaging, labeling and registrations.
· Responds to complaints from and interacts with private citizens, municipal government and environmental agencies regarding complaints relative to the use of manure, fertilizer, or agricultural compost concerning its possible negative impact on the environment or humans.
· Drafts federal and state certificates of inspection and refuses approval for sale of produce, eggs and poultry not meeting grade.
· Visits maple syrup producers and distributors to inspect and sample syrup for compliance with state grade, packaging and labeling standards and to assure consumer confidence.
· Inspects cider mills for conformity to state manufacturing, quality and labeling standards to ensure consumer safety.
· Visits and inspects producers of farm products enrolled in the Organic Certification program and the Seal of Quality program.
· Investigates possible infractions of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Program by reviewing landowner records and maps for program compliance, performs on site inspections.
· Conducts training and educational seminars for producer and commodity organizations.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires no supervision of employees or functions.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in animal science, biology, botany, horticulture, soil science, zoology, or a related agricultural or environmental field.
Experience: Two year's work experience in an agricultural related position such as producing, processing, manufacturing, marketing, inspecting, or quality control of agricultural commodities.
License/Certification: None required.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the problems and practices of produce growers and dealers. Ability to obtain federal and state licenses to inspect and grade produce. Ability to maintain good working relationships with the agricultural community and relevant regulatory agencies. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 05/10/02