NMDA Inspector, Intermediate – Possible Career Development Opportunity

Website New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Position Title: NMDA Inspector, Intermediate – Possible Career Development Opportunity

Employee Classification: NMDA Inspector,Inter

College/Division: New Mexico Dept of Agriculture


Internal or External Search: External – Open to all applicants

Location: Remote Locations

Offsite Location (if applicable): Clovis/Portales area

Target Hourly/Salary Rate:  Entry level NMDA Inspector Inter ($42,269) or Associate ($38,426)

Appointment Full-time Equivalency:  1

Exempt or Non-Exempt:  Exempt

Classification Summary:
Under moderate supervision performs regulatory inspections and otherwise enforces consumer and producer protection laws and regulations.

Classification Standard Duties:
Inspects agricultural and horticultural plants for disease, insects, and other plant pests. Inspects bee colonies for disease; sample feed, seed, and fertilizer for laboratory testing. Inspects pesticide applicators for compliance with the Pesticide Control Act. Performs marketplace inspections of pesticide products. Assists in cooperative spray programs. Assists in applicator training programs. Inspects fruits and vegetables for quality characteristics. Examines weighing and measuring devices for accuracy. Evaluates prepackaged items for correct weight, price, and label information. Inspects eggs for size and quality. Obtains product samples for lab analysis. Instructs and trains others in methods and procedures. Performs related duties as required.

Required Education, Experience, Certification/License, Equivalency
Required Education:Bachelor’s degree in a related field.; Required Experience:Three (3) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.; Equivalency:Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.; Required Certification/License:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
KNOWLEDGE:University and Department policies and procedures; livestock and agricultural sector in New Mexico and the United States; state and federal laws and regulations.; SKILLS:Short-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation; public contact and relations; ABILITIES:Train workers; investigate complaints of alleged violations; understand and interpret policies and procedures; communicate effectively in written and oral form; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct several activities; analyze and evaluate information.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
This position may be underfilled as a NMDA Inspector, Associate Grade Level 04 on a career development plan if unable to fill at the NMDA Inspector, Intermediate Grade Level 05. Minimum requirements for the associate level: Bachelor’s degree in related field, no previous work experience. Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services may be used to meet the minimum requirements.

Duties: Conduct inspections at feed mills, fertilizer and seed distributors, feed stores, and retail locations. Collect samples for regulatory compliance of feed, seed and fertilizer for laboratory analysis. Perform investigations of animal illness or death, fertilizer and soil conditioner use and issues, seed use and related issues. Respond to emergencies, emergency response (ICS) training, Agricultural Bio-security training and response activities. Perform outreach activities with schools, commodity groups. Obtain federal credentials to participate in training and inspection activities, continuing education, Food and Drug Administration or United States Department of Agriculture training, other duties as assigned.

Special Requirements of the Position
Must be able to secure FDA Credentials.

Must have and maintain a valid unrestricted driver’s license.

Work may involve direct contact or exposure to allergens including but not limited to: bees, peanuts, dust, animal feed, etc

A cover letter is required. Minimum education/equivalency must be met per the posting.

Department Contact:  Cheryl Mason, 575-646-7523, nmdahr@nmda.nmsu.edu

Deadline to Apply:  October 1, 2023

To apply for this job please visit careers.nmsu.edu.