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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Agricultural Operations


This is the supervisory or expert level of the series. Supervises assigned personnel and performs inspections and grading in an assigned area of seed, fresh fruits and/or vegetables, and other agricultural commodities. Enforces federal/state laws and regulations. Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of others. May supervise and train lower seed or horticulture inspectors. Develops, implements, and monitors training. Implements and evaluates workflow priorities. Develops and disseminates instructions and information to unit personnel. Organizes, conducts, and facilitates staff meetings.

Typical Work

Plans, coordinates, and organizes workload; makes work assignments to inspectors; supervises inspection of fresh fruits and vegetables within an assigned geographic area for compliance with state and federal quality and condition regulations; issues and supervises issuance of federal-state certificates, shipping permits, and other clearance documents for domestic and foreign destinations, detailed inspection note sheets of samples inspected, federal phytosanitary certificates, and state phytosanitary certificates declaring presence or absence of pests and disease; issues and supervises issuance of notices on non-complying product(s) and takes regulatory action as necessary; supervises issuance of certificates indicating quality levels or percentages of marketable stock for payment to the producer by the buyer or processor; inspects, grades, and certifies native and non-native fruits and/or vegetables at receiving points; supervises fumigations or other treatments for control of insect infestation and makes appropriate certification; supervises audits of controlled atmosphere storage licensees' records for compliance with Chapter 15.30 RCW Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruits and Vegetables; acts to settle disputes arising between industry personnel and inspectors; meets with representatives of fruit and vegetable industry to discuss inspection matters;

Performs duties as the assistant manager in the Plant Certification Program; assists and advises the Plant Certification Program Manager in making administrative decisions affecting day-to-day operation of the work unit; acts on the Program Manager's behalf in his absence; supervises maintenance of certification, phytosanitary, and seed control records; aids in the development of policies, regulations and procedures; coordinates, plans, and assigns work to seed inspectors for certification, phytosanitary, and seed control inspections; maintains certification records; proposes changes in procedure and priorities for seed certification program; performs certification, phytosanitary, and seed control inspections; represents the Department at certification, seed control, and seed industry meetings; answers questions and investigates complaints regarding certification and seed control from the public, growers, and seed dealers; acts as liaison between persons involved in the seed industry and the Seed Branch;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Some positions require United States Department of Agriculture licensing. Individual positions may have specific skill and competency or minimum requirements.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with major study in agronomy or closely allied field and four years of experience in a seed testing laboratory or in seed industry production, processing, marketing, and testing. Some positions require six years of experience in regulatory horticulture inspection and licensing by the United States Department of Agriculture licensing for all commodities of the area to which assigned prior to appointment, and a valid driver's license. Some positions require lifting 100 pounds.

Class Specification History

New class effective January 1, 2006; Agricultural Inspector 4 (replaces 45180 Seed Inspection Supervisor, 45630 Horticulture Area Supervisor).

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