Position Number: 22094677
Posting End Date: until filled
Anticipated Starting Salary: 29,046
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of
Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of
policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep
its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international
markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for
the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized
into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry
Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division,
and Shared Services Division.
Class Code: X149C
FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT
Salary Range: $29,046.00 - $42,117.00
The Agriculture Commodity Compliance Specialist is responsible
for providing technical supervision of company employees and for
monitoring poultry and poultry products to ensure compliance with
established standards. This position is governed by United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, state and federal
laws, and agency/institution policy.
Monitors temperatures and relative humidity in the coolers;
checks temperatures of the washers, the individual egg, and the
final rinse according to established procedures. Tests the
sanitizer spray rinse to ensure compliance with USDA requirements.
Verifies the accuracy of individual and bulk scales. Monitors and
verifies the grading of poultry and poultry products performed by
industry graders by observing, examining samples of finished
products, counting, weighing, and checking temperature to ensure
compliance with USDA regulations. Performs pre-operational
sanitation inspection of the plant facility according to the USDA
standards. Inspects poultry processed under government contract by
examining product to determine conformance with specifications.
Issues certificates for shipping, verifying compliance with
regulations. Inspects trucks used for shipping poultry and poultry
products for cleanliness and temperature control. Trains selected
industry personnel to grade poultry to USDA standards, and notifies
processing plant management of grading/operational problems and
recommends corrective action. Contacts plant management of
non-compliance standards and/or safety hazards; recommends
corrective action. Maintains USDA Shell Egg and Poultry regulations
and instruction manuals. Informs relief graders and plant
management of all regulation changes. Monitors the training of new
employed poultry graders in an extensive on-the-job training
program. Observes for any hazardous or contamination that may
affect the product or the employees. Prepares monthly reports,
volume reports, administrative charges, and total of monthly hours
and expenses charged to the plant. Performs other duties as
Shift work is required. Exposure to varying temperatures and
humidity levels is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of USDA grading techniques, standards, and
regulations. Knowledge of shell egg and poultry processing
equipment. Ability to pass a standardized test on federal
regulations governing the grading and inspection of poultry and/or
poultry products. Ability to perform/monitor on-site inspections to
determine/verify compliance with USDA standards and recommend
corrective action. Ability to complete and submit required
documents and reports in accordance with established procedures.
Ability to inspect facilities and equipment for cleanliness.
Ability to perform commodity grading. Ability to train and oversee
the work of co-workers and industry poultry graders. Ability to
maintain poultry and shell egg regulations and specification
The formal education of high school diploma; plus four years of
experience in poultry inspection, commodity grading, or related
Licensed as a poultry and/or shell egg grader by the United
States Department of Agriculture as established by the Agricultural
Marketing Act of 1946 as amended (7USC 1621)
The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment
opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age,
disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information,
military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic
protected by law.
Agency Specific Information:
- Inspects shell hatcheries and processing plants to determine
compliance with USDA standards, Egg Product Inspection Act
Regulations, and state law by checking for proper sanitation,
presence of disease, proper storage temperature, products
purchased, disposition of products, and proper product
- Collects random samples of eggs for inspections and candling to
ensure minimum standards are met.
- Inspects retail food stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing
homes, distributors and other egg product users by visiting
establishments, selecting random samples of eggs for inspection and
candling, verifying packer and distributor permit information,
checking storage temperature, reviewing invoices for correct
terminology, and checking cartons for code dates, and packer origin
to ensure compliance with the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act.
- Acts as a temporary replacement grader at poultry processing
plants by examining products from each processing line for
compliance with regulations and contract specifications. Monitors
plant and processing operations to ensure that facilities and
equipment are sanitary and prepares a variety of reports and
records related to plant operations and products.
- Acts as temporary replacement grader at shell egg processing
plants by inspecting each shift for sanitation and checking and
recording temperature and chlorine levels of egg wash. Records
temperature and relative humidity of coolers and shipping area.
Observes machinery for proper dating and labeling. Examines
individual eggs for weight, grade, and quality. Notifies plant
management of samples out of compliance.
- Trains company employees in proper egg and poultry grading and
issues official certificates for various contracts.
- Reviews contract abstracts and specification requirements and
determines that grade, size, and weight conform to
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Frequent overnight travel is required. Exposure to chemicals,
varying temperatures, noise, and unpleasant odors is required.
Nearest Major Market: Little Rock