Agricultural Commodity Inspector


Employment Opportunities
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture currently has one opening for Agricultural Commodity Inspector in Berks County.


Type of Work
You will be assigned to a region of the state where you perform regulatory inspections and provide grading services to food processing facilities, warehouses, distributors, retail food stores, etc., to ensure compliance with laws governing the quality, condition and grade of fruits and vegetables and the quality, sanitation and grade of eggs. Inspectors have the authority to remove commodities from sale; gather evidence; and recommend prosecution for violation of state regulations. There is considerable public contact to gain cooperation and support; to explain state and federal regulations; and to resolve complaints related to minor violations.

You will work from your home. You will be given considerable freedom in scheduling and completing your work. You will occasionally report to a regional office. A supervisor reviews your work through consultations, meetings, and written reports.

This position involves travel throughout the Region 7 area (Berks, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester counties).



Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services
Region 7 Office
625 Cherry Street #1
Reading, PA 19602-1152
Phone: (717) 787-1065


Starting Salary



Comprehensive health insurance; liberal retirement/pension plan; paid vacation, personal and sick leave; paid holidays; prescription, vision and dental plan coverage (after six months); paid group life insurance, and much more.


Pennsylvania residency is required at the time of application for these positions. 


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