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Agricultural Technician Plentywood

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Montana Department of Corrections

Plentywood, MT

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Description : To be considered for any Department of Agriculture Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all Department of Agriculture specific background check(s) relevant to each position. \u00a0(Please type any applicable or required supplemental responses in a Word document and attach to your application. HELPFUL HINT: when attaching you must check the \u201crelevant document\u201d box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. PLEASE do not attach more than requested. If you have more than 25 attachments in the system you will need to email these to: failure to do so will conclude in an incomplete application.) \u00a0 *** Please note: The\u00a0scheduled hours for this\u00a0position could\u00a0vary from\u00a0are 3\/4 time- to- full time, depending on time of year and estimated harvest. The State Grain Laboratory (State Grain Lab or Lab), located in\u00a0Plentywood, 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. The State Grain Laboratory\u00a0has an opening for a permanent Agricultural Technician that could be\u00a0trained to become an official grain and commodity inspector. Major Duties or Responsibilities: Sampling of pulse, cereal and other crops Obtaining a representative sample from a commodity shipment is an important and essential part of the inspection process. If the sample is not representative, the inspector's final grade will not reflect the true grade of the lot. This position uses knowledge of FGIS guidelines and safety procedures to provide timely and accurately service to applicants requesting official sampling service. Sampling will generally occur at the customer location. The samples are obtained from bagged lots, rail cars or trucks. Employee coordinates incoming information from applicant and the State Grain Lab to schedule sampling activities. Employee uses appropriate sampling equipment, documentation and procedures to obtain representative sample. The sampler uses official seals to secure the rail cars. An accurate work record must be maintained to preserve the integrity of the sample. The accurate recording of the lot's identity and condition at the time of sampling is vital to the correct certification of the lot's quality. Employee will provide weighing services for bagged lot commodities as needed. Employee uses appropriate security procedures to maintain the integrity of the sample prior to shipping or inspection. Employee must report any issues to the SGL bureau chief that may affect personal safety, suspected violations of the grain standards act or potential conflicts of interest. Pulse Sample Grading (according to AMA standards) \u00ad\u00adVisually inspects the sample to determine type and major defects. Uses appropriate sieves to determine size and dockage \u00adSmells sample to assess presence of unusual odors which might indicate damage or contamination (insects, sour, smoke, skunk, petroleum, fumigants). Visually inspects sample for stones, fertilizer, rodent pellets, damage and mixes. Assesses sample for grading factors including bleach, cracked, splits, class foreign material Weigh each portion, make calculations and assign grade. Laboratory Technician Duties Performs laboratory technician duties as required including sample preparation, moisture analysis, dockage testing, test weight and sizing using knowledge of laboratory operations and equipment and USDA\/FGIS standards, guidelines and manuals for all technician work and knowledge of USDA\/FGIS standards, guidelines. These duties will include procedures for commodities graded under USGSA, AMA and Montana Standards. General office Duties Maintain professional work environment to provide safe and accurate work procedures. Maintains proper security procedures to preserve the integrity of equipment, sample and work records.This position performs AGTRAX data entry for all commodities. Position will work with FGIS rules. Position will send results to applicants on daily basis.Position will work with accounting \/ certification software to answer general questions about customer samples. When customer inquiries are associated with inspection information, position will refer the customer to an appropriate licensed inspector. Position will maintain an appropriate level of customer confidentiality. Other Duties This position will perform a variety of other duties as assigned in support of the Division\u2019s mission and individual program objectives. This includes coordinating special projects; attending ongoing education and training as directed; and other duties as assigned. Supervision: This position does not supervise Physical and Environmental Demands: 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 in order 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. The incumbent is exposed to harsh materials requiring precau\u00adtions 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. Qualifications : Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to quickly learn USDA\/FGIS regulations, procedures, methods, guidelines and manuals for grading sampling and grading pulse crops. Skill in the operation of laboratory equipment (scales, carter dockage machine, official moisture meter, official test weight apparatus, dockage machine, Strand size shaker.) Ability to complete reports. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with employees and the general public. Ability to learn USDA\/FGIS regulations, procedures, methods, guidelines AMA standards for grading pulse crops, as well as\u00a0USDA\/FGIS and state safety stan\u00addards and their applications to daily operations. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The checked box below indicates the minimum educational requirements for this job, as it relates to a new employee on the first day of work (not the educational background of the person now in the position): High school diploma or equivalent Certifications beyond high school (*) (*)\u00a0Possession of USDA\/FGIS licenses to grade peas. A USDA\/FGIS sampler\/technician license and USDA\/FGIS license as a NIRT technician. Experience The checked box below indicates the minimum amount of job-related work experience needed as a new employee on the first day of work: 1 \u2013 2 years of job-related work experience\u00a0(**)\u00a0 Relevant experience as a laboratory technician in a licensed grain lab, 1 year experience as a NIRT Protein Technician and 1 year experience as a licensed grain inspector of wheat. The agency will accept alternative methods of obtaining necessary qualifications to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. List any other special required information for this position 041Union Code Valid driver\u2019s license Applicant Pool Statement:If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.Training Assignment:This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

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The Montana Department of Corrections enhances public safety, promotes positive change on offender behavior, reintegrates offenders into the community and supports the victims of crime.

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