Relief Poultry Grader
Position#01365 – Rockingham County
(Agricultural Specialist IV, Pay Band 4)
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a full-time day/night shift Relief Poultry Grader for Rockingham County and surrounding areas including Glen Allen, VA and Hardy County, West Virginia.
Duties include applying appropriate USDA grade marks, monitoring government specifications to ensure plant compliance, and signing off on all documentation that pertains to grading and inspections functions. This position is restricted and paid for with non-general funds generated by assessing user fees for grading services requested by industry.
The use of a state car will be provided for business use only. This position requires daily travel as well as the possibility of long work hours, occasional overnight travel, holiday and/or weekend duties which may be unplanned due to unforeseen situations. This is a re-announcement; previous applicants do not need to re-apply.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of manufacturing, quality control or agricultural practices are 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 plant management and agency supervisory personnel. The demonstrated ability to read and apply technical manuals; work with minimal supervision; and monitor plant personnel are mandatory in addition to dependability and attention to detail. H.S. Diploma/GED required.
Conditions of Employment/Physical Demands: Must have or be able to obtain USDA Poultry Grading License issued by the USDA after completing a minimum of 120 hours of on-the-job 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 lifting up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Must be available to temporarily work in different plants in emergency situations. 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 candidate 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.
Preferred Qualifications: 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. Hiring Salary Range: $35,278- $40,000 annually.
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
To be considered for this position, you must apply online at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ by 11:59 PMEST/EDTon October 23, 2020. For more information or assistance, you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. VDACS is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force.
Location/Region: Rockingham County