Agriculture Inspector, Richfield and Ogden

State of Utah

Various Locations , Utah

The Division of Plant Industry and Conservation is responsible for ensuring consumers of disease free and pest free plants, grains, and seeds, as well as properly labeled agricultural commodities, and the safe application of pesticides and farm chemicals. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food seeks an Agriculture Inspector for sampling seeds, animal feeds, fertilizer, and nurseries for the Division of Plant Industry and Conservation.

Principal Duties

As an Ag Inspector, you will:

  • Inspect interstate and international movement of pest free plants and plant products
  • Inspect nursery stock offered or advertised for sale
  • Enforcement of rules and regulations for nurseries that are out of compliance
  • Inspects fertilizer production and distribution facilities for federal and state compliance
  • Collects fertilizer and animal feed samples for laboratory analysis.
  • Inspects seed distribution facilities for federal and state compliance.
  • Collects seed samples for laboratory analysis.

Other duties including:

  • Noxious weeds
  • Invasive insect trapping
  • Organic and phytosanitary certifications
  • Review labels of fertilizers, animal feeds, and seeds and take samples for analysis

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in agronomy, animal science, botany, or a related field.
  • The ability to work with people, even in difficult work environments.
  • The ability to enforce rules, laws, and policy for the protection of the public.
  • The ability to promote responsible agricultural production and commerce.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • The ability to work in or commute to either Ogden or Richfield, Utah.
  • The ability to spend several days per month out of town.

* Preference may be given to applicants with a bachelor's degree in agriculture or natural resources field of study.

Why You Should Join Our Team
The State of Utah has great benefits and the Department of Agriculture and Food is made up of a group of great people with a farmer's work ethic. If you have a passion for agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and Food is the place for you.

Example of Duties:

  • Document samples and inspection paperwork
  • Attend technical and trade meetings
  • Attend trainings and receive federal certifications
  • Travel to remote locations across the state for long periods of time alone

Typical Qualifications:

  • conduct a methodical examination
  • deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in either written or electronic form.
  • develop approaches for implementation of an idea, program or change in operations applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
  • speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • ensure compliance with contract terms, policies and procedures, etc.
  • research methods, techniques, and/or sources of information
  • communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • agency and/or organizational program(s)
  • communicate fluently in English
  • find, gather and collect information or data
  • principles, theories, and practices of agricultural science
  • identify various wildlife, domestic animals, and/or plant species, seeds, or grain
  • compose and produce reports, documents and related material
  • run, maneuver, navigate, or drive vehicles or mechanized equipment
  • principles, theories and practices of food safety and public health protection