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  • 510317
  • Full-time


To protect the health and safety of Arizona consumers, advance and support Arizona agriculture, and safeguard commerce.



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Posting Details:

Salary: 21.20 - 21.20 

Grade: 15

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:


The Arizona Department of Agriculture is looking for two energetic individuals to fill our Agriculture Inspector 2 positions. You will become part of our dynamic team in the Plant Services Division. The position are located in the Capital Mall area, downtown Phoenix.

The Department of Agriculture’s, Plant Services Division, safeguards agriculture, food and the environment from the risks associated with the entry, establishment and spread of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds thereby promoting agricultural sustainability, market access and competitiveness.

The positions will perform a variety of complex agriculture and horticulture inspections, screen samples collected from inspections conducted by using a microscope; determine and recognize harmful insects and diseases of plants; monitor and execute controls and eradication programs and enforcement of laws and regulations; issue certificates and/or permits to nurseries; place warning holds, load reports and other specialized inspections as directed by supervisor. Record items of interest on inspection reports and submit samples to be reviewed. You will prepare bait for traps; place traps within a targeted location; mapping of traps, placing, monitor and service traps using established protocols. Some targeted locations for trap placement require the employee to interact with the public on a daily basis as the traps are required to be located on private property. This position requires the successful candidate to work out in the elements 12 months of the year. Other duties as assigned and the positions will require you to drive a state truck on official state business.

No experience necessary, our Plant Services Division is willing to train the right candidates for the positions.

Job Duties:

Perform complex agriculture and horticulture inspections; collect and screen samples; enforce regulations and laws.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Federal, State and agency laws, rules, regulations and standards governing inspections, habitats and distribution of harmful insects, weeds and diseases of plants; Diseases that may have adverse effects on agriculture crops and/or commodities; Techniques and methods of inspecting and applying corrective controls; Enforcement of laws specific to agriculture/horticultural industries; Use of microscope

Application and interpretation of Federal, State and agency laws, rules and regulations; Recommending appropriate controls of insects, weeds and diseases and assisting in applications; Applying the relative enforcement of laws to violators; Oral/Written communication; Interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers

Recognize various agricultural products and commodities; Independently interpret and apply standards or procedures to determine alternative solutions; Communicate orally and in writing in order to document findings; Conduct inspections and prepare reports; Establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, stakeholders and the general public; Manipulate insect specimens with use of microscope; Work in extreme weather; Drive a truck

Selective Preference(s):

One year experience in agriculture/horticulture inspections, work experience or college course work in related field.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). ). ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 12.17%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Meek at mmeek@azda.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.