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Agriculture Specialist 1, 2 or 3

Company: State of Louisiana
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Supplemental Information

Job #AHFS-147406-BN

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 probationary period.

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 following exemption:

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 testhere.

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:

Britney Noland

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


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 Livestock.




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.




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 ingredients.

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 economic adulteration.

Provides for the transport of samples to state and federal laboratories.

Evaluates plant facilities and recommends options for changes and improvements.

Recommends changes in Program policies and procedures based on inspection findings.

Collects and submits documentation to support the program's "at least equal to" requirements for the annual State Self-Assessment.

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 Certification Program.

May perform inspections at custom exempt facilities within the district.
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