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Agriculture Inspection Specialist

Nebraska State Government
Full Time Nebraska Department of Agriculture, 245 Fallbrook Blvd suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68521, United States Apply before 10/1/2023 11:59


Do you enjoy a mobile office and interacting with the public? The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is looking for a qualified individual to assist with the implementation and enforcement of the NE Pesticide Act and the NE Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Act in the central/northern counties of the state. Candidate will conduct routine inspections of facilities that sell or use pesticides and fertilizers to assure those products are registered with the state and compliant with state and federal laws.

This position will involve frequent travel within the assigned work region with the possibility of overnight stays associated with that travel. The successful candidate will be required to work from a home office. Initial training will take place in Lincoln for one week, followed by field training in the assigned area.

At the State, we believe our teammates are our most valuable asset, so we love to offer opportunities to develop and grow them to be able to create opportunities for advancement. 

If you join us as an entry-level Agriculture Inspection Specialist, the hourly wage is $16.178! Once you attain the required certifications and training within the first year, you can expect a compensation raise to $19.632! 

If you are interested with getting your foot in the door with the State and being in a position aimed at advancing your career, this might be the perfect opportunity for you! This doesn't even cover all of the great benefits you get for working at the State of Nebraska!

Check out our what we can offer you!

• 13 paid holidays

• Vacation and sick leave that begin accruing immediately
• Military leave
• 156% (that's not a typo!) state-matched retirement
• Tuition reimbursement
• Employee assistance program
• 79% employer paid health insurance plans
• Dental and vision insurance plans
• Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF) through the Federal government
• Wide variety and availability of career advancement as the largest and most diverse employer in the State
• Opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference through public service
• Training and Development based on your career aspirations
• Fun, inviting teammates
• A safe and secure environment

At the State, we stand by our core values of treating others with dignity and respect, acting ethically in all situations, and creating an environment where our customer is our top priority. Apply to join our team today!

This position requires daily travel to include overnight stays. As such, the incumbent must be able to present a valid driver’s license or another form of reliable transportation. 

Examples of Work

This position will conduct routine inspections of facilities that sell or use pesticides and fertilizers to ensure those products are registered with the state, properly labeled, and are only sold to those individuals permitted based on their applicator certification. Conduct routine monitoring of pesticide applications to ensure the products are used correctly, do not impact human or environmental health, and that the applicator is compliant with state and federal laws for certification. 

Conduct targeted inspections of manufacturing or repackaging facilities following federal guidelines and using federally issued credentials. Conduct pesticide applicator certification testing in remote locations at varying times of the year and ensuring examination security. Monitor pesticide applicator training and recertification programs to determine educational quality and applicator competency. 

Respond to and investigate complaints or tips involving potentially misapplied pesticides. Collect fertilizer and agricultural liming materials for analysis by department laboratory to determine compliance with state law and ensure consumer protection. Miscellaneous tasks associated with the program. Other duties as assigned within the scope of the classification. 

Qualifications / Requirements

Agriculture Inspection Specialist Level I
REQUIREMENTS: Two years of experience working in a relevant discipline.

PREFERRED: Post high school coursework/training in the following areas: agriculture, biological sciences (agronomy, horticulture, chemistry, environmental studies, pesticide technologies) or other program related field; experience in conducting regulatory inspections.

OTHER: Must possess a valid driver's license as frequent travel is required. Regular and reliable attendance is required.

Agriculture Inspection Specialist Level II
REQUIREMENTS: Post high school coursework/training in agriculture, plant/animal or natural sciences, or other program related field OR a vocation certificate in electrical, mechanical, engineering or another program related field. AND Two years' experience working in a relevant discipline.

OTHER: Must possess a valid driver's license as frequent travel is required. Regular and reliable attendance is required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Have or be able to gain understanding of pesticide and fertilizer handling and spray systems for both agriculture and non-agricultural applications.
  • Some overnight travel expected (limited).
  • Able to use computer and smart phone devices.