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State of Montana Agriculture Inspector in Plentywood, Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a Seasonal Grain Lab Technician/Sampler. This position will be located in Plentywood.

The mission of the Department of Agriculture (Agency) is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

The Agricultural Development Division (ADD) is responsible for programs involving economic development and assistance to agricultural producers. These programs include Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Finance, Crop Hail Insurance, Agricultural Statistics Services, the Research & Market Development Program, the Wheat and Barley Committee, the Montana Agricultural Loan Authority, and the Alfalfa Seed program. The division consists of four bureaus, including Agricultural Marketing and Business Development, Rural Development, State Grain Laboratory, and Wheat and Barley.

The State Grain Laboratory (State Grain Lab or Lab), located in Great Falls and Plentywood, MT, is responsible for the operation of a statewide grain and commodity inspection program. The Lab provides official grain and commodity inspection services to grain producers and the grain industry as provided for in Title 80, Chapter 4, Part 87, MCA, and under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA/FGIS). Accurate and unbiased official grade/protein inspections and laboratory tests are performed in compliance with federal and state grain standards. The State Grain Laboratory is the only USDA/FGIS designated official grain inspection service in the state of Montana.

The purpose of official grain inspection is to determine the type and quality of Montana grown grain and crops, which in turn sets their market value.

_Job Overview_

Immediate need for Temporary Grain Lab Technician/Sampler. Successful candidate must be able to lift 25 pounds repeatedly, climb on top of grain cars and probe with a 12-foot grain probe. Must have a clean driving record. Duties will include testing grain, writing up documentation, probing of grain cars. Production work environment where accuracy is critical to good work product. Employer will train. Position will last up to 6 months.

_Minimum Qualifications_

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • 1 – 2 years of job-related work experience.

  • Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.




Physical Demands_*

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to endure work stress caused by irregular work demands resulting from a variety of factors which may include economy, weather, workload, etc. The State Grain Laboratory has a peak work season starting at the end of July and lasting until early January. During these months, employees may be asked to work 10 hours a day, seven days per week to provide timely service to their customers. During off - peak season, from January to July, employees may be asked to work a reduced work week.

  • This position is exposed to discomforts and physical annoyances, such as noise, fumes, grain and flour dust and other conditions that soil clothing and may cause chronic injury requiring medical attention.

  • Position is required to lift 25 lb. grain samples and boxes daily.

  • Position is exposed to harsh materials requiring precau­tions to avoid contact that may cause minor burns or injuries requiring possible emergency medical attention. Uncontrolled discomforts and physical annoyances, such as noise, fumes, grain and flour dust and other conditions which soil clothing and may cause chronic injury. Safety precautions must be taken at all times.

  • Sampling is performed outdoors. Incumbent must be able to lift and carry in excess of 50 pounds and manually insert a 12-foot probe into 12 feet of compacted grain and pull probe out in order to obtain representative sample. Incumbent must climb on top of rail cars, hopper cars and trucks to sample with probe. Work is often performed during adverse weather conditions.

  • Position will require overtime and possibly a weekend work schedule.

Job: *Agricultural/Livestock Sciences

Title: Agriculture Inspector

Location: Plentywood

Requisition ID: 20142161