Full Time Hourly posted 1 week ago

Job Description

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Agriculture Inspector III position for the HEMP Program in our Plant Services Division.  The position is located in the Phoenix office however you will be required to travel in-state to conduct inspections.


The primary responsibilities will be to assist the Agriculture Inspector IVs in investigations, conduct inspections and sample industrial hemp crops. Follows procedures and policies to administer the Industrial Hemp Program (program). Performs a variety of job duties during the inspection and certification process to determine compliance with program requirements, including sample collection and submission to an accredited lab for compliance testing. May serve as a courier for the distribution of certified industrial hemp seed for licensees under an agricultural pilot program for industrial hemp. Authorized to transport Cannabis spp. plant samples for program compliance. Conducts inspections and develops reports used to determine eligibility of industrial hemp program applicants. Audits the documentation and reports of industrial hemp licensees for program compliance. Directly communicates with applicants and licensees regarding the program including application approvals/denials, program violations, disposition of a crop in violation and audit results. Enforces and upholds the statues and rules related to the regulation of industrial hemp. Performs investigative duties associated with violations.  The position requires you to travel in-state and overnight stays to complete compliance inspections; you will be required to drive a state vehicle to conduct state business and other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Federal, State and agency laws, rules, regulations and standards governing industrial hemp and state authorized industrial hemp programs.

Techniques and methods of inspecting and sample collection and submission of industrial hemp samples for program compliance.

Enforcement of laws specific to agricultural/horticultural industries.

Practices and procedures (including safety) within the work environment.

Practices and procedures of inspection standards and authorized enforcement guidelines.

GIS, data information systems, and general computer applications.

General principles and practices of the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of industrial hemp.

Skill in:

Verbal and written communication.

Interpersonal relationships.

Personal computer and computer software, and 10 key.

Providing information on appropriate compliance requirements and assisting in applications.

Applying the relative enforcement laws to violators.

Oral and written communications to Department personnel, stakeholders, and general public.

Communicating verbally in a diplomatic and tactful way, to a diverse public in order to exchange information and enforcement of regulations.

Ability to:

Follow direction on complex inspection and investigative procedures.

Communicate verbally and in writing in order to document findings, prepare reports and conduct inspections.

Read and understand GIS information.

Apply interpersonal skills and establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, stakeholders and the general public.

Plan and organize; analyze and prepare written communication in order to document and present inspection and/or investigative findings; exercise independent judgement and initiative in identifying, analyzing and solving problems associated work activities.Communicate with various internal and external customers.

Prioritize your work load.

Use interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.

Write concise investigative reports.



Requires possession of and the ability to retain a current Arizona driver’s license.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving record and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12)


All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.


Arizona Driver’s License



Minimum of two (2) years’ experience equivalent to an Agricultural Inspector II or combination of agricultural/horticultural work experience and college course work in related field.


We offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes sick leave, annual leave and 10 holidays per year; health and dental insurance; life insurance, retirement plan and long term disability.  Optional employee benefits include short-term disability, supplemental life insurance and deferred compensation.


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).  Mandatory condition of Employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue.  Current contribution rate is 12.11%.  Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting the Human Resources Department at (602)542-0925.  Request should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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