Washington State Agriculture Inspector 4 (F&V Program) in Eastern Washington, Washington


The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.


These positions are available to current/internal WSDA employees only.

The Fruit & Vegetable (F&V;) program is responsible for providing accurate and unbiased inspections, describing quality, condition, phytosanitary factors, along with alternative inspection programs that facilitate the marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Within an assigned geographical area, this position is the specialist or lead worker who assigns, instructs and checks the work of others.

These positions perform any or all of the duties of the Program Assistant and Program Specialist 2 job classifications. Inspects and certifies fresh fruits and vegetable at shipping point for domestic and foreign markets to meet State or Federal/State shipping point requirements. These positions identify systems of pest and disease for phytosanitary inspections and issues federal/state documents for the export of fresh fruit and vegetables. These positions network with industry, supervisor, district management, co-workers and office staff to create a positive and safe working environment.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Inspect commodities to meet State or Federal/State shipping point requirements, US Apple Export Act, Importing countries specific work plans and phytosanitary requirements. Assist the area supervisors with monitoring of paperwork and supervision in the field when requested.
  • Interpret and apply grade standards, follow proper inspection procedures and enforce state and federal fruit and vegetable laws and regulations.
  • Write and speak clearly, concisely, accurately and informatively with customers, coworkers, supervisors, and other agency employees as necessary. All written documents must be legible.
  • Issue federal-state certificates, shipping documents and other clearance documents for domestic and foreign destinations, phytosanitary certificates and detailed note sheets of samples on inspected product that has met clearance requirements.
  • Proper sampling and at the required sampling rate.
  • Calculate fees and collect when necessary from customers without a credit account.
  • Be able to issue off grade/condition reports for noncompliance of commodities that do not meet Federal/State regulations and follow proper procedures to ensure the product has had the proper disposition.
  • May supervise and train lower level program staff. Must be able to organize, supervise, and manage the workload and resources wisely.
  • Use all inspection equipment, such as pressure tester, size rings, see through gauge, knives, and scales properly and as instructed. Keep all equipment in good working condition.
  • Assist in supervisor functions.
  • Reviews other inspector's paperwork for accuracy and completeness.
  • Assist area supervisors in field visits as needed.
  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders and industry using good judgment and tact with the ability to withstand trade pressure.
  • Have the ability to use PExD and assist supervisor with industry inquiries about exporting countries requirements.


Required Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • A permanent Program Specialist 2 within the F&V; program.
  • Obtain and maintain USDA - APHIS Authorized Certification Official (ACO) License
  • Obtain and maintain USDA - AMS licenses for all major commodities in the assigned area.
  • A valid Washington State driver's license

Desired Qualifications:

Two (2) years of college level course work with major emphasis in horticulture, agronomy, or closely related substitute for one year of related experience.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, this position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay regular union dues or non-association fees (due to religious tenets within 30 days following employment.

Supplemental Information


To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile within www.careers.wa.gov

Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying to the on-line profile through www.careers.wa.gov.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the human resource consultant listed below. Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may call Amber Robertson, HR Consultantat (360) 725-5506 or arobertson@agr.wa.gov

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 725-5506 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

Job Type: Agency Internal - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-03872

Department: Dept. of Agriculture

Closing: 12/29/2016 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,155.00 - $4,134.00 Monthly

Location: Multiple Locations - Eastern Washington, WA