AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST III - Starting rate dependent on qualifications
The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint Powers Authority that assists in protecting and supporting California's agricultural industry and the consumers of its products by providing services and staff who fairly, impartially, and reliably carry out their work.
Under the supervision CASS staff,and operating within established guidelines the Agricultural Specialist III, will carry out inspection activities at the journey level, while conforming to federal, state, county and CASS policies.The incumbent in this position works in a variety of field settings with limited oversight.
Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Select and Test Samples of Various Commodities - 60%
Follow established protocols to select representative samples of fruits, nuts and vegetables to be inspected.
Prepare samples for titration (sugar/acid ratio) testing and pressure testing to determine degree of ripeness.
Examine the quality, size and/or condition of selected samples using state, federal or industry standards.
Inspection Activities - 20%
Assist in on-the-job training and coordination of inspection activities.
Oversee the work of less experienced inspectors at large grading stations or packing facilities.
Maintain Records - 15%
Maintain daily reports of work completed, i.e. inspection note sheets, Inspector's Daily Report.
Participate in Job Related Training - 5%
Participate in safety and commodity inspection training as required.
III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Duties for the job are performed inside or 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 regularly work with or around machinery or motorized equipment, work in a noisy environment and be exposed to dust, pollen, moisture and temperature extremes. Driving a vehicle, as well as entering and exiting the vehicle numerous times throughout the workday.
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 and have normal color vision. Incumbent must have a valid driver license and acceptable driving record during course of employment. Position will require some travel.
V. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to stand and walk constantly, lift up to 25 pounds on a very frequent basis and up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach; and, maintain visual acuity along with possessing normal color vision.
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