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Plant & Pesticide Specialist I

Company: State of Illinois
Location: Springfield
Posted on: December 5, 2018

Job Description:

Description of Duties/Essential Functions Benefits Supplemental Questions POSITION DESCRIPTION: PIKE COUNTY RESIDENCY REQUIRED Under general supervision, performs specialized technical functions relating to the enforcement of laws or regulations relating to fertilizer application and apparatus, medicated feed formulation and seed production; assists in the regulation of the use and application of fertilizer and soil conditioners within the State. Inspects anhydrous ammonia storage and manufacturing facilities annually for compliance with all rules and regulations; conducts anhydrous ammonia accident investigations. Secures samples of feed products from feed retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers; conducts inspections of feed facilities for compliance with the Illinois Feed Act and FDA Regulations; examines drug inventories, usage and formulation to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices. Reviews labels of seed products for compliance with State and Federal statutes; obtains samples of products being distributed for laboratory analysis; issues stop-sale orders for products found not in compliance with laws; obtains samples utilizing USDA procedures; conducts and directs the investigation and reporting of complaints in accordance with the Seed Arbitration Act. Obtains samples of fertilizer products such as raw products, custom mixes and liquid fertilizers by utilizing techniques according to AOAC methodology and submits to office for analysis; issues stop-sale orders for products found to be in violation of the Illinois Fertilizer Act. Completes and submits to the office all necessary reports and paperwork relating to any inspections and sampling. Submits any reports and paperwork that are on the computer system to the office. Minimum Requirements: TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, preferably with major courses in botany, agronomy, animal nutrition or related fields. Requires six months professional experience in a related field or successful completion of an approved training program. Requires ability to obtain a USDA seed investigator license and requires the ability to be commissioned by the FDA. Requires an appropriate valid driver's license. Requires working knowledge of the effects of pesticides and fertilizers on plants, the environment, and beneficial insects; requires working knowledge of industry practices and methods related to fertilizer, seed stock and medicated feeds. Requires ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with associates and the general public. Requires ability to compile reports and maintain records; requires the ability to utilize a keyboard and computer to generate inspection reports and forms. Requires ability to climb, lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. of weight, work in environments with dust, work outside during all seasons, and handle products such as agri-fertilizers, chemicals, and animal drugs; requires ability to wear protective equipment (respirators, protective clothing, etc.) Requires ability to travel and be on travel status when instructed; requires ability to drive for a long period of time. Work Hours & Location/Agency Contact:8:00 am - 4:30 pm (1/2 hr lunch) Bureau of Agricultural Products Inspection/Jeff Squibb Supervisor Pike County Pike County Residency Required Additional Information Contact Bureau of Human Resources 217/785-5099 How to Apply: NON-STATE EMPLOYEES: DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS AGENCY: To establish eligibility for this position, it is the applicants responsibility to take the appropriate examination at the nearest Central Management Services testing center. CURRENT STATE EMPLOYEES; Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and new version of the CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 8/2018) or, If bidding on a promotion, A (CMS-100B). An applicant must be deemed qualified or have submitted a promotional application (CMS-100B) to CMS to receive a qualifying promotional grade PRIOR to the closing of the posting period. Applications can be mailed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Human Resources, State Fairgrounds, P.O.Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281, (217) 782-2172 before the close of business on the final date to apply. FORMER STATE EMPLOYEES: Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and new version of the CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 8/2018) to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Human Resources, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281, (217) 782-2172 before the close of business on the final date to apply.SDL2017

Keywords: State of Illinois, Springfield , Plant & Pesticide Specialist I, Professions , Springfield, Illinois

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