You must submit Application Supplement No. 2009-068-1 with your online or paper application.

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2009-068

ISSUED  APRIL 22, 2009

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY INSPECTOR

 

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT IS THE TEST.

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Agricultural Commodity Inspector

55530

S6

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website www.scsc.state.pa.us; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE 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.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Condition of Employment

Certain positions may require USDA licensure to inspect and grade agricultural commodities within the first year of employment.

 

Necessary Special Requirement

You must have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

 

Minimum Requirements

One year of experience in the inspection and/or grading of agricultural commodities and a bachelor's degree in agronomy, agricultural science, agroecosystem science, animal science, food science, or horticulture; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the required knowledges, skills, and abilities.

 

Clarification of Requirements

You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

There are 5 filled Agricultural Commodity Inspector positions.  The positions are located in the Department of Agriculture regions throughout the state with headquarters in Gibsonia (Allegheny County), Altoona (Blair County), Meadville (Crawford County), Summerdale (Cumberland County), Williamsport (Lycoming County), Creamery (Montgomery County), and Tunkhannock (Wyoming County).

Opportunities for employment/promotion may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, resignations and so forth.

 

Lists created by this test will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

Department of Agriculture

Human Resources Division

Agriculture Building - Room 204

2301 North Cameron Street

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9408

Telephone:  (717) 787-1065

E-Mail:  psmyser@state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

You will be rated on your experience and training.  Your score will be based on information you report on your application and application supplement.

 

You must provide complete and accurate information.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application, or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your "Notice of Examination Results."  A new application and application supplement is required for a retest.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

You may complete your application and Application Supplement No. 2009-068-1 online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application and paper application supplement to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications, Application Supplement No. 2009-068-1 and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources Office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."