Hourly Position/No Benefits Training Provided The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Commodity Services, is seeking several qualified applicants to work as Peanut Mill Samplers. Selected candidates will provide program support to the Virginia Peanut Marketing Program. Positions 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 the marketing process. Only one application is needed to be considered for all positions. These positions are paid on an hourly basis and are limited to working no more than 1500 hours per year. They offer no state benefits.
Minimum Qualifications Knowledge of farming or agricultural practices is beneficial particularly if related to the harvesting of peanuts; 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 specifically necessary. Successful applicants must have computer skills and be able to communicate effectively both verbal and in writing to a diverse set of individuals; must have excellent customer service skills and be able to clearly explain processes to others. Applicants must be dependable and able to report to work as assigned and to work a flexible schedule, including overtime and nights as 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. Hired applicants will need to obtain a USDA Inspection license for Farmers' Stock Peanuts and a USDA Milled Peanut Aide license within one month of hire (training will be provided). H.S. Diploma/GED required.
Preferred Qualifications Training/coursework in agriculture or related field with knowledge or certification in the peanut industry or in the grading of another commodity is 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.
Special Requirements These positions are paid on an hourly basis; are limited to working 1500 hours per year; and do not include benefits. Selected candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.