Status: Full-time position
Location: Buda, TX
Deadline Date: 11/26/13
Job Summary: You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: Applicants must have successfully completed two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in agriculture, mathematics/engineering, science, business, or economics.
Duties: Maintains relations with plant management and employees explaining decisions, obtaining corrections in sanitation, processing, or storage condition; explaining grading program activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plant activities.
May examine products to determine conformance with approved contract specifications such as grade, weight, packaging, and packing, and quantity for various types of contracts. Prepares and issues certificates as required.
Monitors the plant and processing operations to assure that the plant remains in compliance with regulations with respect to operating procedures and in shell egg plants using voluntary grading services to assure that the facilities and equipment are maintained and in a sanitary condition.
In shell egg plants using voluntary grading services, assures that only approved chemicals, insecticides, and rodenticides are used; that the product is labeled only with approved labels; and that inedible product is appropriately identified and controlled.
Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records related to the work such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issues and administrative information.
Trains and authorizes selected plant personnel to grade according to U.S. standards and monitors their grading/inspection work. May be required to train other employees in their particular specialty.
Poultry Grading Assignments - grades whole turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry, and/or other parts, considering such factors as class, fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight, and other conditions; applies the official standards and regulations to determine the product's grade based upon grading results.
Shell Egg Assignments - examines shell eggs for weight, color, soundness, texture of shell, the absence of defects, clarity of yolk outline, and clarity and firmness of albumen; assures proper cleaning of eggs, proper cartooning and/or packaging of shell eggs and is responsible for the final grade determination in accordance with the official standards and regulations.
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