JOB OPENING: Produce Farm Inspector

Job Description

  • Job Title: Produce Farm Inspector I (Limited Service)
  • Job ID: 623297 | Position Number: 280161
  • Location: Montpelier | Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Classified                   
  • Hourly Rate: 21.77 | Pay Grade: 22
  • Posting Date: 05/18/2018 | Application Deadline: 06/04/2018

General Information

This position, Produce Farm Inspector I (Job Opening #623297), is open to all State employees and external applicants. To apply, visit and search for JOB ID: 623297. 

Please note: This is a Limited Service position funded through 6/30/2018, which is expected to be extended. Positions issued as limited service can be budgeted each year and extended accordingly based on programs and funding.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact [email protected].

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


Are you passionate about good food and keeping it safe for all to enjoy? Are you interested in a career where you can use your skills to ensure the safety and integrity of Vermont-grown produce? Are you naturally detail oriented, able to interpret complex language, and have experience working with farmers? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has a new and unique opportunity for one individual to join our Produce Safety Team. You will be able to apply your communication skills, farm experience, and flexibility to conduct inspections of produce farms in the state of Vermont. This position is dynamic, with work varying seasonally and as the produce safety landscape changes.

This position entails regulatory, educational and enforcement work at an entry level for the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets involving the inspection of agricultural products including produce. Duties involve ensuring producer adherence to state and federal laws and rules pertinent to the production, processing and packing of produce and other agricultural products. Incumbents may be assigned to a geographic area, but may also specialize in inspection duties which require them to perform duties statewide. Incumbents also maybe cross utilized to assist in other areas, such as Extension Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) or USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) inspections. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Chief of Consumer Protection and in collaboration with multiple managers and internal and external colleagues.

To view the full job specifications for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in an agricultural or science-related field AND at least one year of experience in produce production or inspection work, or in working with the produce community or in a related field;


High school graduation or equivalent AND at least two years of experience in produce production or inspection work, or in working with the produce community or in a related field.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.