Website Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Peanut Samplers/Graders – Wage #W0012 – Suffolk
(Agricultural Specialist III, Pay Band 3)
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Commodity Services, is seeking several motivated applicants to work as Peanut Samplers. Selected candidates will provide program support to the Virginia Peanut Services Program and are responsible for the sampling and grading of Milled Peanuts on a year-round basis and the grading of Farmers’ Stock Peanuts during the peanut harvest period. Other duties may include performing sampling of product; preparing and grinding samples for lab analysis and tag lot printing to ensure that positive lot identification is maintained throughout processing.
Selected individuals must be dependable and able to work a flexible and non-routine schedule as assigned. The work schedule includes overtime and nights (including graveyard shift) as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Training is provided, but any knowledge of manufacturing, warehouse operations, production, quality control or farming/agricultural practices is beneficial particularly if related to the peanut industry; however if you have the ability to be trained on federal/state regulations and are able to meet the conditions of employment then this knowledge is not required. Computer proficiency and the ability to provide excellent customer service and to communicate effectively both verbal and in writing to a diverse set of individuals in order to clearly explain processes to others is needed. Applicants must also be able to work in a dusty environment, in hot and cold conditions, and stand for long periods of time. Other physical conditions include walking, reaching, bending, stooping, maneuvering bags up to 100 lbs, and being able to distinguish colors. Experience working in a physically demanding position involving shift work. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. applicants will need to obtain a USDA Inspection license for Farmers’ Stock Peanuts and a USDA Milled Peanut Aide license within six months of hire (training is provided). HR Diploma/GED required. Prefer: Training/coursework in agriculture or related field with knowledge or certification in the peanut industry or in the grading of another commodity preferred, but not necessary. An equivalent combination of training & experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
Hourly Rate: $17.00 (this rate may be higher if an applicant has recent experience in the peanut industry and a related license). These positions are paid on an hourly basis; are limited to working 1500 hours per year beginning each May; and do not include benefits.
To be considered for this position, you must apply online at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ by 11:59 PM EST/EDT on December 2, 2022. For more information or assistance, you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; TDD/TTY: VA Relay 711 or 800-828-1120; E-mail email@example.com. VDACS is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse workforce.
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