Agriculture Specialist 1, 2 or 3
Company: State of Louisiana
Posted on: November 22, 2021
This position #51591 is located in the Office of Animal Health and
Food Safety, Meat Inspection Division, in Lafayette, LA in
Lafayette Parish. Your work area may include neighboring parishes.
Statewide travel may be required during state emergencies.
This position may be filled by probationary appointment or by
promotion of a classified employee of The Louisiana Department of
Agriculture and Forestry, serving with permanent status. Applicants
who are not permanent employees of Louisiana Department of
Agriculture and Forestry will be required to serve a new 24 month
As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from
this recruitment as an Agriculture Specialist 1, 2, or 3 depending
on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please
refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA
Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service
website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum
qualifications and job concepts for each level.
The annual starting salary for each level in this career
progression group is:
Agriculture Specialist 1 $36,608
Agriculture Specialist 2 $39,166
Agriculture Specialist 3 $41,912
Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for
8100-Professional Level Exam before the close of the announcement
in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by the
A veteran of the armed forces who served at least 90 days of active
duty for purposes other than training and who has been honorably
discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months.
(DD214 must be attached to application or submitted to Human
Resources by email the closing date of the announcement).
If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it
may result in your application not being considered.
Applicantswithout current test scores can apply to take the
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and
complete an electronic application, which can be used for this
vacancy as well as future job opportunities.
Applicants using education to qualify for the position must provide
a copy of their college transcript to Human Resources by the
closing date of this job posting with theJob Number AHFS-147406-BN
.Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency
evaluation along with a copy of their transcript to Human
Resources. Copies of transcripts may be submitted by email as an
attachment to your application (preferred).
If a copy of your transcript is not received by the closing date of
this posting, your application will be considered incomplete.
Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their
application to determine where they are in the recruitment process.
Further status message information is located under the Information
section of the Current Job Opportunities page.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the work
experience sections of the application.
This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of
citizenship and employment authorization.
All candidates for hire must undergo drug screening.
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
A baccalaureate degree with at least twelve semester hours in
agribusiness, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science,
biology, botany, chemistry, dairy science, entomology,
environmental science, food science, forestry, geology,
horticulture, physical science, physics, plant pathology, poultry
science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and fisheries
science, zoology, or any combination AND an additional twelve
semester hours in accounting, agribusiness, agricultural science,
agronomy, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, dairy
science, economics, education, entomology, environmental science,
food science, forestry, geology, health sciences, horticulture,
management, marketing, physical science, physics, plant pathology,
poultry science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and
fisheries science, zoology or any combination.
Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with
agricultural laws, rules or regulations, or inspection and testing
of weighing and measuring devices will substitute for the
baccalaureate degree and specialized coursework on the basis of 30
semester hours with 6 semester hours of specialized coursework for
one year of experience.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one
of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States
Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of
Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest
Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges. Job Concepts
FUNCTION OF WORK:
To examine, inspect and investigate products, facilities, services,
commodities, and/or livestock to ensure compliance with and
enforcement of laws and regulations concerning Meat Inspection,
Poultry & Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables, Agricultural Commodities,
Weights & Measures, animal feed manufacturing, and/or
LEVEL OF WORK:
Close from an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor,
Agriculture Specialist Program Manager, Agriculture Assistant
Division Director, Ag Specialist Regional Enforcement Supervisor or
higher level supervisor. May receive project supervision from
Agriculture Specialists 2 and 3 during training periods.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Differs from Agriculture Specialist 2 by performance of entry level
rather than journeyman level tasks.
Examples of Work
This position performs work for the Office of Animal Health
Services' Meat and Poultry Inspection Program, within the Louisiana
Department of Agriculture and Forestry. This position reports to an
Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor and may be asked to
assist the District Supervisor with lead worker responsibilities
over lower level Agricultural Specialists positions. The Meat and
Poultry Inspection Program is a cooperative state-federal program
receiving 50% of its funding from the United States Department of
Agriculture. The Program's primary role is to ensure that consumers
receive only safe, wholesome, unadulterated meat and poultry
products that are properly labeled.
The program inspects all animals harvested and processed for human
consumption by Louisiana facilities, inspects and approves the
premises of regulated facilities to ensure compliance with federal
and state requirements, operates a federally accredited laboratory
performing analyses on meat food samples, reviews and approves all
labels of meat and poultry products to assure that accurate product
information is supplied to the consumer.
Meat and Poultry Inspection personnel operate under the authority
of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection
Act to enforce the regulations governing the inspection of
livestock and poultry harvested and processed for human food.
Species that require inspection under the Law are cattle, swine,
sheep, goat, ratites (emu, ostrich and rhea), equine (not currently
funded), domestically-raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese,
guineas, ratites, or squabs (also termed young pigeons from one to
about thirty days of age).
Performs regulatory inspections of wholesale meat and poultry
facilities to official establishments are in compliance with
Federal and State regulations.
Inspects all livestock and poultry harvested and sold as food
products for human consumption.
Performs ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections on harvested
livestock and poultry.
Inspects meat and poultry food products produced by processing
establishments and intended for human consumption.
Verifies product formulations for proper use of restricted
Ensures that consumers receive only safe, wholesome, unadulterated
meat and poultry products that are truthfully labeled.
Takes appropriate enforcement actions to ensure regulatory
non-compliances are corrected.
Collects product samples analyzed for foodborne pathogens and
Provides for the transport of samples to state and federal
Evaluates plant facilities and recommends options for changes and
Recommends changes in Program policies and procedures based on
Collects and submits documentation to support the program's "at
least equal to" requirements for the annual State
Updates industry representatives and other associated personnel on
new State and Federal regulatory policy.
May perform sanitation audits and various product inspections under
a cooperative agreement in seafood processing establishments
contracted with the US Department of Commerce.
May perform product quality inspections; provide technical
information related to product specifications, program policies and
procedures in establishments utilizing the LDAF Grading and
May perform inspections at custom exempt facilities within the
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