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  • 513150
  • Full-time


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



Job Location:


Posting Details:

Salary: 20.35 - 20.35 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is recruiting for one (1) full-time Public Health Sanitarian II for the Egg Inspection Program. The position is located in the Arlington/Tonopah Arizona area.

No prior egg grading experience required, training will be provided.

The successful candidate will perform substantial environmental sanitation inspections of commercial processing at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Shell Egg Plants, transportation and storage facilities for products intended for human use and consumption. Induces compliance with applicable statues, rules and regulations; inspect sites and enforce statues in sensitive situations. Lifts up to sixty pounds on a regular basis; test egg and egg products by collecting samples, candles eggs for quality, grade, weight and color. Checks cooler temperatures and labeling of eggs and egg products, and retains product not meeting USDA standards. Grades eggs at the USDA Shell Egg Plants; verifies sanitation and facility standards with a pre-operational sanitation inspection and continues to observe operations and sanitation throughout the day. Performs lot grades, and retains product not meeting USDA standards. Prepares USDA certificates, keeps USDA files, communicates with plant officials and remains up-to-date on all new issuances from USDA. This position will require you to rotate between the Arlington and Tonopah processing facilities; work schedules and hours are also subject change and overtime may be required.

Job Duties:

Major duties - Conduct egg inspections and testing; operational sanitation inspection and observe operations and sanitation throughout the day.
Complete all paperwork and remain up-to-date on all new issuances from USDA.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and the Egg Product Inspection Act of 1970
• Regulations governing the voluntary grading of shell eggs 7CFR Part 56
• United States standards, grades and weight classes for shell eggs AM56
• Rule, regulations, principals and practices of public health sanitation, including food processing and handling insect and rodent control
• Training at a USDA Egg Products Plant and USDA Graders License
• Computers and computer software programs; such as Excel, Microsoft Word, and Google Suites

Skills in:
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
• Oral/written communication
• Prepare clear and concise technical reports
• Apply and interpret federal and state laws, rules, regulations and policies governing inspection activities and safety practices
• Egg candling
• Interpersonal skills in dealing with internal and external customers

Ability to:
• Work independently with little supervision
• Maintain confidentiality and integrity propriety formulations
• Adapt quickly to change and deliver quality in a timely manner
• Prioritize work load while meeting all deadlines
• Flex with work schedule
• Work with a diverse group of internal and external customers

Selective Preference(s):

Basic NIMS and ICS training in Emergency Management
Experience in shell egg candling
Pervious industry experience and USDA licenses
Thorough knowledge of Egg Products Control Law (3-701 thru 3-739)
The ability to candle eggs

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Must possess or obtain USDA license as a USDA shell egg grader, or previously licensed
Agriculture Science or other related field may be substituted for work related experience


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). ). 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.