Inspector Grader Agricultural Establishment Job Description Sample
Senior Agricultural And Standards Inspector (Including Canine Handler Special Skills Class)
This is a continuous filing exam. The filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:
11/07/18, 12/14/18, 02/06/19, 04/10/19, 06/12/19, 08/14/19, 10/16/19, 12/18/19
Senior Agricultural and Standards Inspectors perform the most difficult, complex, and/or sensitive assignments related to agricultural and weights and measures inspections, and are expected to possess a high degree of proficiency, knowledge, and expertise. As a secondary assignment, positions in this class provide technical assistance and training to other agricultural and weights and measures staff.
NOTE: Our current position requires a Canine Handler Certificate. A Canine Handler performs inspections of agricultural crops; products; measuring devices; pesticide use; and works directly with a dog that has been specially trained to alert on marked and unmarked parcels containing agricultural products. These parcels are shipped through carriers such as: UPS, FedEx, OnTrac, US Postal Service, and similar carriers throughout the greater Sacramento area. Targeted parcels are further inspected to determine if there are plant pests that may pose a threat to agriculture or the environment.
Examples of Knowledge and Abilities
Principles and practices of leadership, mentoring, and training
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions
Principles of entomology, plant pathology and botany in relation to the control and quarantine of agricultural pests
Pesticides and their effects on the environment
Diseases and other defects of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and eggs
Arithmetic and basic statistical methods and analysis
Principles, procedures, and practices of investigative techniques
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Lead and train staff
Plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of staff; provide work direction and instruction
Research and evaluate work problems, and recommend solutions
Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others; respond effectively and tactfully to hostility, confusion or concerns expressed by others
Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
Interpret, apply, and enforce applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations in an impartial manner
Collect, compile, and analyze a variety of data and information; make statistical inferences
Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments
Ability to prepare technical and statistical written documents in a clear, concise, and organized manner that is understandable to others
Make effective presentations to and respond to questions from various groups, including boards, committees, and the public
Two years of full-time, paid experience enforcing agricultural and/or weights and measures laws and regulations, or agricultural pest detection or control;
Possession of all eight of the following licenses issued by the State of California Department of Food and Agriculture:
2.Investigation and Environmental Monitoring
3.Integrated Pest Management
5.Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation
8.Transaction and Product Verification
Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.
Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the final filing date listed in this notice.
Background/Criminal History: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
Driver's License: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Some positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:
- perform a wide variety of physical tasks such as standing for long periods of time; walking long distances; stooping; stretching; bending; climbing stairs; and lifting items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
- differentiate between colors at a level necessary to identify various insects and weeds.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Working Conditions: Some positions in this class require the incumbent to:
- work in all types of weather conditions.
- travel in an assigned area.
- work weekends, holidays, and non-routine hours.
Canine Handler Special Skill: Some positions in this class require specific knowledge and abilities to perform the responsibilities of a Canine Handler. To be eligible for a Canine Handler designated position, the applicant must have obtained a certificate of completion from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their 10 week Basic Canine Handler Training, Cargo/Postal prior to appointment.
Where required, this special skill may be used to ensure that the canine receives proper nutrition, grooming, training, medical care, maintenance exercise, affection and acceptable and sanitary living conditions. The Civil Service Commission approved the use of selective certification for this special skill on May 21, 2010.
The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months. Application and Testing Information
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.
County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667
Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.
Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.
Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.
FORMULA RATE EXAMINATION (Weighted 100%)
All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.
This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.
All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their governmentjobs.com inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.
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Founded in 1818, Bunge is a leading agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that circle the globe, stretching from the farm field to the retail shelf. Bunge has 35,000 plus employees at more than 400 facilities in 40 countries.
Bunge's North American operations supply raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the animal feed, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn, wheat and rice mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Responsible for the weighing, grading and testing of all grain received and shipped. Also may perform some clerical tasks and general housekeeping duties both inside and outside the office.
Responsible for the proper and accurate weighing of all inbound grain and grain products as well as all outbound grain and grain products.
Responsible for the proper and accurate sampling of all inbound grain and grain products as well as all outbound grain and grain products.
Proper housekeeping of grain lab and office.
Operation of the hydraulic truck probe and hand probe.
Packaging samples for shipment as well as for storage.
Shipping of grain samples to appropriate lab as required.
Responsible for the placing of all inbound grain and grain products as well as all outbound grain and grain products into the proper accounts via the One-Way system.
Immediately notifying bookkeeper or manager of any errors and the cause of the error.
Proper documentation of all errors.
Conduct applicable toxin testing on all inbound and/or outbound grain in an appropriate manner and report results to supervisor.
Responsible for the proper calibration of all grain testing equipment.
Responsible for conducting cross checks for grain testing equipment and weighing equipment – including truck scales – and the proper documentation of such.
Must develop knowledge of the products you are dealing with and their hazardous properties.
Must be aware of and follow all applicable safety and environmental regulations with respect to the product you are handling.
Keep current and maintain all training requirements for the position
Notifies supervisor of any irregularities.
Visually monitors grain and grain products for irregularities and takes proper action when discovered.
Responsible for properly and accurately recording all applicable documentation for this role.
Perform all duties in a safe and environmentally compliant manner
Collect proper grain and grain product samples for testing when needed.
Assist in the housekeeping as related, but not limited to, the cleanliness and orderliness of the grain handling area (tunnels, head house, concrete grounds, grass areas, flag pole etc), as well as any areas within the plant or office as delegated by position supervisor.
Properly report any accidents and/or injuries.
Assist in all other grain handling functions including but not limited to grain receiving and shipping via truck, barge and rail (if applicable).
Assists with training and oversight of seasonal weigher grader(s).
Perform other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent desired
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Ability to work in a highly quality controlled environment
Demonstrated ability to work in a safety conscious environment
Some mechanical background including the ability to recognize signs of operation failure
Basic written and verbal communications skills
Ability to maintain a good working relationship with other plant personnel.
Walking on catwalks at a variety of heights
Climbing stairs and ladders
Lifting up to 75 lbs
Entering and working in confined spaces
Working at heights up to 200 ft. with appropriate safety equipment
Working outdoors in a broad range of climate conditions
Working over water
Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
Nearest Major Market: Monroe
Job Segment: Hydraulics, Agricultural, Housekeeping, Clerical, Accounting, Engineering, Healthcare, Agriculture, Administrative, Finance
NF Grader / Sorter
If you are looking for a career which offers advancement and growth opportunities, look no further! Schnitzer Steel offers upward mobility, great benefits, and competitive compensation packages.
Founded in 1906, Schnitzer Steel Industries has become one of the nation's largest recyclers of scrap metal. Today, Schnitzer operates 95 recycling facilities, including seven deep water ports – on both U.S. coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico – which enable efficient delivery of processed scrap metals to steel mills and foundries around the world. In 2018, Schnitzer was named a World's Most Ethical Company for the 4th consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. This prestigious award is given exclusively to companies who demonstrate leadership in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation. Schnitzer is the only metals recycling company to be among the winners.
This position offers competitive pay along with a variety of benefits including: medical, dental and vision plans for both you and your dependents; 401k with company match; paid time off which starts with your first check; and paid holidays.
Grader/Sorters are primarily responsible for grading and sorting incoming metal products according to factors such as appearance and quality to ensure correct processing and usage. Other responsibilities include general yard cleanup and other maintenance functions.
This is a physical job, so applicants must be able to frequently walk on uneven ground, handle and grasp materials, crouch, bend, reach, climb, twist, push, pull and lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally. Visual acuity is needed for close detail work. To ensure safety everyone's safety at work, applicants must be able to hear and communicate by speech.
Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)
Strictly adheres to all Metals Recycling Business Health, Safety, and Environmental standards.
Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
Operational Performance & Best Business Practices
General clean up and yard maintenance including but not limited to digging, sweeping, maintenance of weeds and brush, and repaid of blacktop.
Basic sorting of scrap, as well as metal and debris in preparation processing.
Greasing and general cleanup at the shear and/or shredder.
Assist with repairs and maintenance as required at railroad.
Provide backup or assistance throughout the yard as needed or assigned.
Report all equipment deficiencies or malfunctions for maintenance or repair to the proper supervisor.
Candidates must have the ability to carry out instructions provided in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.
Ability to speak and understand English as a basic level required.
Ability to learn new tasks as assigned required.
Experience in a scrap yard preferred.
This position requires possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to drive an automobile.
Class A License Required.
All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.
All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.
Designer / Drafter – Agricultural / Industrial Industry
Two years college education in drafting and design, preferably with a minimum of 2 years in the agricultural industry. Must know & be competent with AutoCAD and REVIT and be able to develop Process Flow Diagrams and Layout/General Arrangement and fabrication drawings. Experience in the following is desired: Renewable, Agricultural, and / or Industrial
Required: Must possess and maintain a current driver’s license and proof of insurance
Review and comprehend specification and transpose the information and design requirements into a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and Layout Drawings (GA) for construction and proposal.
Work with the Project Managers and the Department Manager to portray required information on drawings – approve equipment approval drawings through construction stages of the project – with submittals to vendors, suppliers, and engineering firms.
Assist in the scope of work kick off meeting on awarded project to ensure understanding of the scope of work by all parties, research and suggest layouts to maximize all aspects of the specifications and efficiency for the facility.
Review and approve all manufacturers drawings and structural engineered drawings to confirm they fit within the constraints of the project.
Review and reline all work prior to having the Engineering Manager review.
Maintain the library of drafting / drawing standards
Organize all electronic drawings during the project in accordance with project standards and procedures.
Follow all proper drafting standards and procedures regarding line weight, spelling, sheet layout and arrangement, scale detail, etc.
Additional duties as assigned
Designer, Drafter, Revit, AutoCAD, Grain Handling, Ethanol, Ag Facilities
Agricultural Assistant - Plant Pest
II. ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Essential Functions:
Under the close supervision of a designated lead person or supervisor, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, the incumbent in this position works in a variety of field settings with close oversight. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
1.Trapping / Survey and Eradication Activities – 55%
Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to designated work areas.
Follow established protocols for trapping, survey or eradication work. Service traps, perform insect sweeps, visually inspect local plant hosts for target pest damage or conduct eradication treatments.
Remove suspect plant and insect samples from foliage or from a variety of insect collection tools and check for target pests.
Draw and follow maps when performing field activities. Use GPS technology to site-register and package samples. Maintain site location and sample integrity.
2.Document Work Completed – 25%
Keep daily reports of work completed, i.e. number of traps serviced, properties treated, acreage surveyed, samples collected and other information as needed.
3.Collect and Submit Target Pest Samples – 10%
Screen wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect). Examine contents of traps to make preliminary identification of specimens which resemble target pests.
Take prescribed action when a preliminary identification of a target pest is made which may include, but is not limited to, drawing a map of the find site, completing a Pest Detection Report form, and placing the sample in an appropriate container.
4.Interact with the Public – 5%
Initiate contact with a property owner or representative to conduct a visual survey, place traps or carry out eradication activities.
Briefly answer questions about the survey, detection or eradication projects and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate agency for information.
Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
B. Nonessential Functions
1.Vehicle and Tool Maintenance – 5%
Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities. Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks. Clean vehicle interior and truck bed of debris.
Clean, repair and store all equipment daily. Notify team lead or supervisor when equipment is in need of repair or replacement.
III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Duties for the job are primarily performed outside of buildings. Weather, temperature, lighting and noise levels may constantly vary. Terrain may vary from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. The incumbent may be regularly exposed to dust, pollen, moisture and pesticide chemicals associated with insect lures and treatment activities. Driving a vehicle, as well as entering and exiting the vehicle numerous times throughout the workday, is generally required.
IV. INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships; work well under pressure; and, work cooperatively with other staff members in completing assigned work and meeting required deadlines. Incumbent must have a valid driver license and acceptable driving record during course of employment. Due to the nature of the Pest Detection and Emergency Program, incumbent is required to be available for extensive travel, including overnight stays, and overtime.
V. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to lift up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach (with and without a trapping pole); and, maintain visual acuity.
Diamond Grader Associate
Diamond Grader Associate (Day Shift) - We offer a competitive benefits package and professional development opportunities!
Do you like detailed work that emphasizes quality and precision? Are you self-motivated? Do you have the ability to grasp new information quickly? Would you like to receive paid on-the-job training and begin a career grading diamonds at the GIA Laboratory? We are an established company located in Carlsbad, California that offers its employees a competitive benefits package and great educational and developmental opportunities.
The Company: Founded in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority in gemology. An independent, nonprofit organization, GIA protects the public trust in gems and jewelry by providing the education, research, and standards that consumers and the jewelry industry rely on to make informed purchase decisions.
The Job Title: Diamond Grader Associate
In-Person Interviews will be conducted from August 27th through September 21st, 2018.
- Work Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
- Hourly Rate: $16.50 per hour
- Start Date: October 8, 2018
- We offer medical, dental and vision coverage and 401-K with company match
- Paid vacation, sick and holidays, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, casual dress code
- Performing the initial examination of diamonds submitted to the GIA Laboratory for Diamond Grading Reports
- Accurate identification and documentation of clarity characteristics on a plot diagram, assigning polish, symmetry, and clarity grades within the GIA Diamond Grading System
- An intensive three (3) month to (6) month training period provides hands-on individualized training incorporating GIA Laboratory policies, procedures, and established guidelines in the documentation of pertinent data for the GIA Laboratory Diamond Grading Report
- Ability to get along with a diverse group of individuals
- Ability to work with binocular microscopes and use tweezers
- Detail-minded with good concentration skills
- Proven ability to accept and learn from constructive criticism and feedback
- Basic computer skills required
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
- Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university with major in Earth Sciences preferred (earth sciences, geology, chemistry, biology, physics)
- One year working experience in a fast paced, independent oriented environment
- We encourage candidates in the following industries to apply: production, food/beverage hospitality, manufacturing, art/media/design, healthcare, and science/biotech
- Must complete GIA Graduate Diamonds Program within 9 months of training start date (company paid)
- Must be available during entire 8 to 12 week training period
*Sponsorship for a work VISA is not available for this position
The Location: Carlsbad, CA
Why Should You Apply?
- Great benefits!
- Reasonable hours that provide work-life balance!
- Professional development opportunities!
- Great educational opportunities!
Grader - 1St Shift - Full Time - Waco, Texas
Cargill Meat Solutions
Cargill Meat Solutions is the umbrella organization of Cargill's North American beef, turkey, and food distribution businesses. Our businesses based in Wichita, Kansas, provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious and flavorful products to customers ranging from foodservice operators and grocery stores, to food manufacturers and export markets. These businesses employ more than 28,000 people in the US and Canada, who work at dozens of processing and support facilities.
Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats
Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats is a business committed to serving a broad range of retail, foodservice, deli, club store and branded food customers. We are focused on the success of our own national brands as well as the brands of our customers. We utilize state-of-the-art turkey, beef, and chicken processing capabilities to deliver high-quality meat products to our partners. Advanced technologies and imaginative people create innovative solutions and distinctive value for our customers.
Grader is a vital role in the daily operations of our facility. The grader will be responsible for checking whole birds or BIB for defects. This role may utilize scissors to trim defects all while making safety the number one priority.
While performing the duties of grader the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions with slippery surfaces; moving mechanical parts; fast paced warm/cool environment. Position requires standing the entire shift and the use of PPE is required in all areas of the facility.
Perform repetitive tasks. Examples include:
Lift/handling whole birds/BIB
Inspecting product for defects
Ensuring food safety and quality
Cleanliness and housekeeping
Must be eligible to work in the United States without visa sponsorship
Must be 18 years or older
Previous production experience
Previous Cargill experience
Work history in the last 12 months
Grader For ENV 314 - Food Literacy For All
Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.How to Apply
Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting the following link into a browser: goo.gl/VusmtV
- a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position and teaching history
- a resume or curriculum vita Name the .PDF file as follows: Last name.First name.Course number.
For example: Doe.John.Environ305
Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a grader. All graders are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted. This role has a work expectation of 15 hours per week.
Food Literacy for All: Environ 314/EAS639.038/URP610/URP402
Instructor: Lesli Hoey
Concurrent food, energy, water, climate, and biodiversity crises, and a global rise in obesity amidst widespread hunger and undernutrition, have focused public attention on the deficiencies and complexities of the global food system. Yet, a diversity of emerging 'alternative' food systems demonstrates their potential to be nutritionally productive and socially and environmentally sound.
Transforming food systems will require coordinated efforts across disciplines and scales, drawing upon diverse academic and practical perspectives, and understanding how value systems shape food and agriculture. Linking theory and practice is essential, involving the full range of actors moving food from farm to fork.
This course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an interdisciplinary introduction to the food system through a weekly lecture series bringing high-profile speakers to campus from policy, academia, and grassroots movements. Designed as an academic-community partnership, the course is led by a UM faculty member (Hoey) with a leader in food justice in Detroit (Hebron), along with the manager of the UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (Fink Shapiro). Students will develop competencies in food-systems sustainability, including systems thinking, community engagement, creativity, and analytical abilities.
Students will write regular reaction postings in response to the lectures and several short essay assignments over the term. These are essays based on the lectures and additional scholarship by the students.
The course may have 100-150 students (based on 2017 and 2018 enrollment). Students will also be offered extra credit opportunities by participating in Detroit-based events over the term in order to learn from perspectives and experiences of the Detroit community partners. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, participation, and writing assignments.
An optional 1 credit seminar
Poultry Grader (Hourly/No Benefits) #W0086
Hourly Position/No Benefits Training Provided The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking two part-time Poultry Graders for Newport News and surrounding areas to perform technical grading/inspections on shipping containers at a cold storage warehouse. Duties include monitoring commercial and government specifications to ensure compliance with USDA/AMS standards as specified by various processing contracts and signing off on all documentation that pertains to grading and inspection functions.
These positions are restricted and paid for with non-general funds generated by assessing user fees for grading services requested by industry. Day, evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required depending on business and staffing needs.
Knowledge of agricultural practices is beneficial particularly if related to the poultry industry; however if you have the ability to be trained on federal/state regulations and are able to meet the conditions of employment as noted below then this knowledge is not specifically necessary as training will be provided. Other qualifications include basic computer proficiency and excellent teamwork and customer service skills along with the ability to communicate effectively with others; read and apply USDA/State manuals; work with minimal supervision; and monitor plant personnel.
Dependability and attention to details are also a must. H.S. Diploma/GED required.
Conditions of Employment: Must have or be able to obtain USDA Poultry Grading License for grading poultry/poultry products as issued by the USDA after completing a minimum of 120 hours of supervised training. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position which includes working in an environment that has rapid temperature changes, wet and slippery floors, high noise levels, and would require lifting up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
Must be available to temporarily work in different plants in emergency situations and meet the physical demands of the position. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid driver's license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. The final candidates must be eligible to meet the Federal Office of Field Operations Assignment Restrictions Directive (FSIS Directive 4735.9) regarding assignment restrictions and family or personal relationships as well as the one-year restriction for candidates who previously worked for a business under FSIS inspection.
Training/coursework in poultry science, agriculture or related field is preferred along with work experience related to USDA Poultry Grading Regulations & Standards. An equivalent combination of training & experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
This position is paid on an hourly basis and is limited to working no more than 1500 hours per year. It offers no state benefits. The selected candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Experienced Agricultural Technician
Position Title: Experienced Agricultural Technician
Reports to: Service Manager
Location: Wamego, KS
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Employee Status: Full Time, Permanent
The Agricultural Technician is responsible for performing both basic and complex diagnostics on agricultural and construction equipment, and perform repairs and maintenance on both customer-owned, or dealer-owned, equipment. He / she is responsible for good customer communication as needed, ensuring a clean and safe work environment, continually develop technical skills with evolving products, and perform work at customers sites as required.
Job Responsibilities (ranked in significance):
Company Values: Ensures all company values are adhered to and promoted. This would include leading by example and participation in employee recognition programs.
Service Diagnostics: Performs basic / complex diagnostics on agricultural / construction / diesel equipment, determining what repairs are needed and/or recommended for future attention / maintenance. This can be for either customer-owned equipment located at the shop or at customer's site, or dealer-owned equipment (inspections).
Service Repairs: Performs repairs on above equipment (electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, diesel) as requested by manager. Accountable for performing quality work and attaining stated goals for efficiency.
Service Training / Development: Participates in all requested job-related training and development, as well as taking an active interest in improving skills with other training programs.
Service Paperwork: Completes all reports and forms for service operations in a timely and accurate manner. This would include inspection reports, warranty comments, work orders, etc. Uses CNH Assist as appropriate. Uses computers / tablets for data entry as required. Ensure manager is aware of any issues / surprises which can impact customer billing or satisfaction. Ensures accurate timekeeping for job costing.
Equipment and Tools: Maintains good condition and cleanliness of company vehicles inventory, tools, and equipment, including return of tools to storage areas.
Safety: Follows all company and common sense safety policies, while using all required personal safety equipment. Ensures a safe work environment in his bay; reports any issues in bay or other service work areas to manager for followup.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with other technicians, parts, and sales personnel. Mentors Service Technician Apprentices and junior Technicians as able. Works afterhours (daily or weekend) as required.
Communications: Ensures good communication within location, and with other locations / employees. Communicates appropriately with customers, and conveys any operational issues to manager.
Technical degree in Agricultural, Diesel or Construction Mechanics, or High School Diploma or GED with 4 years of experience in service operations.
Proven knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in the repair of Ag / Construction / Outdoor power equipment
Outstanding knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems.
Owns mechanic tool set appropriate for the work required.
Excellent skills in operating vehicles and equipment used in service shops (diagnostic equipment, forklifts, hydraulic lifts, etc.)
Excellent communication and customer relationship skills
Expertise with computer systems, including MS office and internet-based applications
Ability to work extended hours during the week and on weekends
Ability to travel to company meetings and training events as needed
Ability to lift 75 pounds as required without assistance
Acceptable Motor Vehicle status, with current driver's license, and ability to operate motor vehicle
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