Description of Work
The Cooperative Grading Service, under an Agreement between the USDA and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, administers a program to provide an impartial basis for the fruit, vegetable, and peanut industry to buy, sell, trade, and make settlements on various products throughout the state. This is accomplished by applying U.S. Grade Standards to determine size, quality, condition, and grade of these products. This enables the industry to establish a monetary value directly based on these determinations. This service also ascertains compliance with Marketing Orders such as Marketing Order 953 governing the shipping of white potatoes coming from certain areas. The service is provided through request only, but grading is mandatory for peanuts being bought, sold, or otherwise marketed. This position will assist the Program Manager in performing his/her duties in his/her absence. The incumbent will provide supervisory and administrative work in support and management of the Cooperative Grading Service. This position will ensure employees are properly licensed through the USDA and the rules and regulations governing the commodities graded and ensure that demands for the service are met. Click Here to Learn more about State Employee Benefits. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. The Department employs approximately 2,000 employees. Click Here to Watch this video to Learn How to Apply.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Thorough knowledge of USDA standards, principles, and procedures for grading fruits, vegetables, and peanuts.
Thorough knowledge of industrial workplace safety.
Knowledge of commodity processing procedures and sanitation standards.
Ability to train and supervise employees.
Ability to complete required forms, records, and reports.
Must have normal color vision.
Must have a valid drivers license.
Thorough knowledge of food safety, standards, and principles.
Ability to obtain license for a Lead Auditor (ISO9001)
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
You may qualify by an equivalent combination of education and experience, either through years of education or years of directly related experience, or a combination of both. Associate’s degree in an agricultural related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience grading in the area of assignment including one year of supervisory experience; or high school or General Educational Development diploma and five years of closely related experience including four years of experience grading in the area of assignment and including one year of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Necessary Special Qualification: Licensure by USDA for commodities graded; possession of a valid state driver’s license. In the area of commodity distribution.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate’s related education and experience. Please follow instructions to apply on-line. It is important that your application includes all of your relevant education and experience. Text or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application. Applicants seeking veteran’s/National Guard preference should submit a copy of their Form DD-214, NGB 23A (RPAS), DD256 or NGB 22. All Law Enforcement positions, aviation safety sensitive positions and positions requiring a Pilot’s License or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) shall be subject to pre-employment drug testing. All positions requiring a Commercial Driver’s License shall also be subject to pre-employment DMV physicals. Selected applicants must obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) medical certificate prior to employment. If a CDL is listed as a preference and the selected applicant has a CDL at the time of hire then the CDL will become a requirement for the position. **Note: When required, you must answer the question(s) for this position, or your application will be considered incomplete. Questions regarding this posting? Contact 919-707-3201.