Agriculture Specialist 1, 2, or 3

State of Louisiana - Shreveport, LA3.5

Full-time | CommissionEstimated: $53,000 - $75,000 a year
Supplemental Information

Job # ACS-121741-KM

This position (#11146) is located in the Office of Agro Consumer Services, Weights & Measures Division, in Caddo Parish. Your work area may include neighboring parishes. Statewide travel may be required during state emergencies.

This position may be filled by probationary appointment or by promotion of a classified employee of The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, serving with permanent status. Applicants who are not permanent employees of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be required to serve a new 24 month probationary period.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam before the close of the announcement in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by the following exemption:

A veteran of the armed forces who served at least 90 days of active duty for purposes other than training and who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months. (DD214 must be attached to application or submitted to Human Resources by fax to (225) 295-8095 by the closing date of the announcement).

If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.

Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an Agriculture Specialist 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s).

The annual starting salary for each level in this career progression group is:
Agriculture Specialist 1 $36,608
Agriculture Specialist 2 $39,166
Agriculture Specialist 3 $41,912

The maximum annual salary for the Agriculture Specialist 3 is $73,445. Please refer to the "Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

Applicants using education to qualify for the position must provide a copy of their college transcript to Human Resources by the closing date of this job posting. Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency evaluation along with a copy of their transcript to Human Resources. Copies of transcripts may be submitted by email to or as an attachment to your application (preferred).

If a copy of your transcript is not received by the closing date of this posting, your application will be considered incomplete.

The Louisiana Department of State Civil Service has scheduled two Saturday test date for the Professional Level Exam (8100) November 16 and December 14, to be given at the Shreveport testing center located at Louisiana Technical College - Shreveport Campus, 2010 N Market St, Shreveport, LA 71107. This testing center offers all State Civil Service tests.

In order to test in this center, you must arrive promptly at 7:45 AM in order to be in the testing room by 8 AM due to the limited capacity of the testing centers, please arrive early; testing is on a first come, first served basis.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the work experience sections of the application.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

All candidates for hire must undergo drug screening.

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Kiara Moore
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


A baccalaureate degree with at least twelve semester hours in agribusiness, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, dairy science, entomology, environmental science, food science, forestry, geology, horticulture, physical science, physics, plant pathology, poultry science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and fisheries science, zoology, or any combination AND an additional twelve semester hours in accounting, agribusiness, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, dairy science, economics, education, entomology, environmental science, food science, forestry, geology, health sciences, horticulture, management, marketing, physical science, physics, plant pathology, poultry science, soil science, veterinary science, wildlife and fisheries science, zoology or any combination.

Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations, or inspection and testing of weighing and measuring devices will substitute for the baccalaureate degree and specialized coursework on the basis of 30 semester hours with 6 semester hours of specialized coursework for one year of experience.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To examine, inspect, and investigate products, facilities, services, commodities and/or livestock to ensure compliance with and enforcement of laws and regulations concerning Meat Inspection, Agricultural Commodities, Weights and Measures, and/or Livestock.

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
Close from an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor. May receive project supervision from Agriculture Specialists 2 and 3 during training periods.

Supervision Exercised:

Location of Work:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Agriculture Specialist 2 by performance of entry level rather than journeyman level tasks.

Examples of Work

This position performs work for the Office of Weights & Measures, Department of Agriculture and Forestry and reports to an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor. This position may act as an assistant supervisor with lead worker responsibilities over lower level Agriculture Specialist positions. Agriculture Specialist in the Weights & Measures Division inspect and test all commercial weighing and measuring devices within the state used for solid or liquid commodities to insure that devices are accurate and correct, to insure that devices are accurate and correct, to insure that these devices are used for the purpose for which they are intended, and to insure that they are properly maintained and operated. They are also responsible for package inspections of prepackaged commodities to insure accurate weight and labeling. Equipment inspected includes electronic pricing equipment, taximeters, and all light, medium and heavy-duty devices (e.g. retail/wholesale counter scales, truck scales, stockyard and hopper scales, cattle scales, monorail or overhead scales, platform, suspension and cotton beam scales, refrigerated milk tanks, motor fuel dispensing
devices, pharmaceutical scales and beakers and delicate highly accurate scales used in the sale or trade of precious metals).

Performs inspections required by law to prove the size, quantity, extent, area or measurement of commodities or their dispensers.

Weights, measures and inspects packages or amounts of commodities kept for the purpose of sale, offered for sale or sold in process of delivery to insure amounts represented are accurate as prescribed by law.

Inspects package labeling and marking to insure that all products in commercial markets reflect accurate description of the product as to the net weight, size, numerical count, length or volume.

Tests and issues seals, tags of approval, or certificates for weighing and measuring devices and rejects those that do not meet the specified standards.

Places stop orders on containers or dispensers containing defective fuels to forbid use or sale.

Obtains samples of motor fuel products from retailers; forwards samples to fuel laboratory for testing.

Inspects fuel dispensing devices to insure correct calibration and labeling; issues certification decals or rejects those that do not meet specifications.

Maintains and utilizes equipment such as test weights, specials tools, equal arm balances, volume beakers, calibrated glassware and related equipment as necessary to test, inspect or calibrate weighing and measuring devices.

Maintains documentation of all inspections and records pertinent information concerning final disposition of inspections or investigations.

Assists the Heavy Duty Inspectors either by directly helping with the testing of heavy duty scales or indirectly by serving as a witness to the testing of heavy duty scales when performed by a licensed scale technician.

Has advanced knowledge of computerized systems used to record field data and assists lower level inspectors in gaining and using such knowledge.

Inspects for and performs investigations related to fuel dispenser skimming devices. Works with local and federal authorities on investigations.

Works with state and federal agencies to investigate and enforce regulations related to labeling and short weight issues in seafood.

Serves as assistant supervisor and/or lead worker. Utilizes institutional knowledge and training to assist other inspectors in the performance of difficult or complex inspections and/or investigations.

Works in conjunction with other state and federal agencies.

May assign and review the work of lower level inspectors.

Assists to coordinate and insure that required field work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Participates in the training of new inspectors when so directed by the District Supervisor.

Assumes the duties and responsibilities of unit supervisor in his/her absence.

Possesses advanced knowledge of inspection handbooks, laws, and rule and regulations.

Evaluates field results to make independent determinations regarding compliance.

Other duties as may be assigned.

Functional Requirements

Moderate light lifting, 30 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds
Walking and standing (8 hours)
Climbing stairs and occasionally ladders
Occasional bending or kneeling
Sit over a long period of time at work station or in a vehicle for travel
Drive a vehicle to perform duties
Reaching above shoulders and carrying specialized equipment needed to perform duties
Occasional demands maybe required for moderately strenuous activities over long periods of time
Climbing on and off transports and vehicles
Environmental Factors
Working indoors and outdoors
May be required to wear appropriate safety protection/clothing
Excessive heat and humidity
Slippery and uneven walking surfaces
Working around routine neighborhood residential hazards
Occasionally working in moderately cold temperatures for short periods of time
Exposed to grain dust, bad odors from farm animals, chemicals, fertilizers and other agricultural materials.