Inspector II, Agriculture

  • Full Time
  • Salt Lake County, UT
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $13.15 - $20.86 an hour

State of Utah

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Job Title: Seed Analyst II

Job Description:
Test and analyze a wide variety of seeds to determine truth in labeling on seed offered for sale. Also, perform viability and purity testing to provide labeling information to those involved in the seed industry.

Principal Duties:
As a Seed Analyst you will:

Plant seeds and evaluate seedlings to determine a percentage of germination.
Perform purity analysis to determine the percentage of pure seed and contaminants.
Do examinations for noxious weeds.
Perform Tetrazolium tests to determine percentage of viability.
Ideal Candidate:A bachelor’s degree in botany, plant sciences or agronomy related sciences.
Plant and seed identification skills and interest.
The ability to see color and good vision allowing work with seeds of varying size, shape and color.
Familiarity with use of microscope, scales and chemicals required in laboratory work.
Ability to be detail oriented, efficient and accurate, along with basic computer and math skills.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
The state of Utah offers excellent benefits, including paid time off, health insurance 401(k) matched funds and more. The work the lab does is rewarding, as it safeguards buyers and consumers along with the quality of seed being sold in the State of Utah.

The Agency:
If you would like to read more about working for the Department of Agriculture and Food please click here.

Example of Duties

Schedules and conducts inspections and/or investigations.
Inspects, grades and/or certifies weighing and measuring devices or agricultural products such as meat, eggs, grain, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and other commodities.
Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; reports findings, interprets results and/or makes recommendations.
Maintains detailed inspection or investigation records, prepares reports, and attends to other related administrative requirements.
Conducts on-site reviews and confers with staff and agency officials on problem areas.
Interprets, clarifies, explains and applies agency policy and procedures, business practices, federal or state laws and regulations, etc.

Typical Qualifications


Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to see details at a distance.
The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Supplemental Information

Exposure to adverse, inclement, and varying weather conditions
Must be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, e.g. working at great heights, working in extreme outdoor weather conditions, being subject to possible physical attack, etc.
The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas, defending oneself and/or others against physical attack.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).