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  • 502858
  • Temporary


To support and promote Arizona agriculture in a way that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness, protects the well-being of people, plants, animals and the environment while safeguarding commerce, consumers and natural resources.

Food Product Standardization Inspector I


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Posting Details:


Grade: 14

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

                                             ***THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE TEMPORARY***
                                                           Will remain open until all positions are filled

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for approximately 35 seasonal Food Product Standardization Inspector I’s for the Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable (CFV) Division. The division will be recruiting for positions that will be starting in March and April. The positions are located in Nogales, Arizona.

The seasonal tomato/grape inspection positions are to assist with a high volume of produce and importation with mandatory inspection requirements.

The position requires inspectors to sample, inspect, and issue certificates for fresh produce entering the United States from Mexico, this is to ensure the products meet the grade requirements of the United States. Position requires inspections to be conducted in temperature controlled coolers and may require inspectors to work 10 to 12 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week. The inspection sites are located in Nogales and Rio Rico and will require inspectors to drive to and from the various inspection sites. The Department of Agriculture will train selected candidates for the positions.

Job Duties:

Inspect produce coming over the border from Mexico

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
Basic Math Calculations
USDA guidelines in sample selection and grading procedures
Knowledge to interpret written instructions, rules and regulations
USDA Standards on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts

Skills in:
In calculator and basic computer use
Interpreting and applying US Grade Standards and Inspection handbook instructions
Handwriting skills and attention to detail
In consistent and unbiased judgment decision making

Ability to:
To follow oral and written instructions
To follow a complex and flexible work schedule; to include long hours into the night or early mornings
To communicate effectively both orally and in writing
To establish and form a good working relationship with industry workers and co-workers
To adapt to varied climatic working conditions --- hot, cold, windy etc.

Selective Preference(s):

Ability to work 7 days a week and work 10-12 hours a day during peak season.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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). The employee will have to provide their own transportation and will be compensated for mileage while conducting state business.


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers our temporary employees the following benefits:

Health and dental insurance
Life 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



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.