Status: Full-time position
Location: Newark, NJ
Job Summary: This position is located in a field office of the Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service. The incumbent is responsible for grading and inspecting an extensive range of fruits and vegetables at various terminal market sites, such as warehouses, railroad sidings, packing plants, ports of entry, and similar facilities. The inspection is completed using a ruggedized laptop computer and the Fresh Electronic Inspection Reporting/Resource System software. Assignments may also involve details and/or reassignment to a different geographical area as determined by management.
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.
Qualifications: To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the education requirements specified below and/or the specialized experience requirements.
Four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.
One full year of graduate level education in agriculture, industrial engineering, business, economics, or other related field
Duties: The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Selects representative samples from product lots in accordance with prescribed sampling and plans.
Inspects products to determine quality, condition, and/or compliance with U. S. Grade Standards or stated contract specifications. Such factors include product size, shape, color, and similar quality factors; product maturity, firmness, breakdown or decay, bruising, and similar condition factors; and quantity, packaging, or similar conditions which are common in contract specifications.
Prepares inspections reports based on examination of product and issues certificates.