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Washington State F&V Cherry Inspector-Brewster in United States

Description AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy* * The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad. The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page. What: Multiple on-call Cherry Inspector positions Where: Brewster. If interested in any of our other available locations, please apply to those announcements also (search "Cherry" on careers.wa.gov). When: These positions are expected to begin work the first week of June and last approximately 8 -10 weeks depending on the cherry season. Early applications are encouraged. Announcements will close once we have made our hiring decisions, which we reserve the right to do at any time. ABOUT THE POSITION: *As part of the Commodity Inspection Division, the Fruit and Vegetable program helps protect the citizens of our great state by providing inspection services to the fresh produce and processing industries. In short, we help ensure the food we eat is safe. As a Cherry Inspector you will be expected to produce accurate and quality work in a fast paced work environment. Your attention to detail and ability to learn quickly will be put to great use as you inspect and certify fresh cherries at shipping points for domestic and foreign markets. Applicants must be 18 years old. No previous experience is required, but we do require some flexibility with your schedule and reliable means of transportation. These positions require regular, reliable work attendance as well as the ability to work in industrial and agricultural settings. Production facilities operate 24- 7 and you will be working either the day or night shift, approximately 5-7 days a week with a great opportunity to earn overtime. Through our on the job training, you will earn a Federal Commodity license (USDA-AMS FV200). For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at www.agr.wa.gov Duties *Performs Inspection of fresh cherries * Under close supervision, interprets and applies grading standards while performing inspection procedures for fresh cherries. * Identifies cherry defects and documents accurate and detailed information into F&V's inspection system. * Rejects inspection lots when product has exceeded grade tolerances. * Issues federal-state certificates, shipping documents and other clearance documents for domestic and foreign destinations as well as FV 294 documents. Perform cherry crushing procedures to ensure compliance with Washington State Quarantine for Western Cherry Fruit Fly. * Obtains sample from each cherry shipment for crushing. * Uses refractometer to create brown sugar and water solution that is used to submerge crushed cherries and detect insect larva. * Identifies and collects any larva in crushing sample, adhering to protocol if larva is found. Communicates findings with supervisor and warehouse foreman. Qualifications Required: * High school, GED or equivalent education from an accredited institution. Excellent customer service and communication skills. * Ability to work cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment. * Demonstrated ability to use good judgment, tact, and withstand stressful situations. Frequent overtime may be required. * Must be able to acquire and maintain a valid WA State driver's license to travel occasionally on agency business. Desired: * Two years of college level coursework with a major emphasis in horticulture, agronomy or closely related field. Special Requirements: To be considered for these positions, the following must be met: * Applicants must bring valid driver's license (a photocopy is not acceptable) on the first day for testing purposes. * Applications must be filled out according to name on driver's license for consideration of hire. Restrictions: You will be licensed by USDA AMS SCI and must follow USDA's conflict of interest policy as follows; Assigning licensees to perform official duties in an establishment where a close relative is employed. (Note: No exceptions will be made for licensees who have a close relative working at such an establishment. A close relative is considered to be a spouse, child, parent, brother or sister of the employee regardless of the place of residence or any relative (by blood or marriage) who resides in the same household as the employee.) If you have a close relative that is employed by a customer we provide service to, you must disclose those details prior to accepting this position. Failure to do so could result in immediate dismissal. Supplemental Information How to Apply: You must complete your careers.wa.gov profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position: * A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position. * Current resume detailing experience and education By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524- 5627 or email support@neogov.com. Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at Recruitment@agr.wa.gov. Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system. The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months. *Veteran's Preference: *Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here. *Military Spouse Preference: *To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your service! The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws. Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service. Salary: $15.01 - $19.37 Hourly Location: Okanogan County – Other, WA Job Type: Seasonal Department: Dept. of Agriculture Job Number: 2021-02870 Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov