Agricultural Services, #59010
Occupational Family: Natural Resources and Applied Sciences
Pay Band Range: 1 - 7

Concept of Work

This Career Group provides career tracks for agricultural specialists performing and/or overseeing technical assistance, inspection or grading services in support of agricultural-based regulatory compliance programs or research, teaching, extension or correctional farming programs. These programs involve agricultural or horticultural products, agricultural enterprise and consumer protection; correctional facility farm programs and operations; or land grant university research and teaching, or extension programs and services involving livestock or plant health. Employees perform duties ranging from entry level to management. Employees performing inspection or grading may require certification or licensure.

 

Roles Comprising This Group

These roles describe the collective characteristics of the work performed by employees in the Agricultural Services Career Group. The roles define the typical career paths for agricultural specialists who pursue careers such as farmers, agricultural technicians, graders, sorters, inspectors and commodity specialists

Although all of these occupations are agricultural specialists, each warrants a separate career track. Each of these career paths requires different knowledge, skills, and abilities and would not naturally lead to the other for career progression. However, a role for each of these occupations represents different levels of work, or career progression. Career paths may exist within a single role, extend to other roles in this Career Group, or to roles in other occupationally related Career Groups.

 

PAY BAND

PRACTITIONER ROLES

ROLE CODE

MANAGEMENT ROLES

ROLE CODE

1

Agricultural Specialist I

59011

   

2

Agricultural Specialist II

59012

   

3

Agricultural Specialist III

59013

4

Agricultural Specialist IV

59014

Agricultural Manager I

59016

5

Agricultural Specialist V

59015

Agricultural Manager II

59017

6

   

Agricultural Manager III

59018

7

   

Agricultural Manager IV

59019

 

Role Descriptions

These roles are distinguished based upon the Compensable Factors of Complexity, Results, and Accountability and are used for position classification. These factors should be used for classification and compensation analysis. Recruitment and selection standards must be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated in the Employee Work Profile.

 

Agricultural Specialist I

Code: 59011

Pay Band: 1

SOC: 45-2092*
and 19-4011*

The Agricultural Specialist I role provides career tracks for agricultural technicians who perform a variety of entry level tasks related to farm operations, care of livestock, and/or agricultural programs and studies in support of research, extension programs, and teaching.
COMPLEXITY
  • Performs a variety of duties in support of seasonal or program requirements.
  • Applies basic knowledge of agricultural techniques and procedures to the care of livestock and plants, and the use of farm tools/equipment.
  • Follows established guidelines, procedures and directions.
  • Limited contacts outside of coworkers and supervision.
RESULTS
  • Proper care of livestock and plants supports effective farm operations, and studies.
  • Responsible for proper operation of equipment used in farming and extension service operations.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Decision-making and judgment is limited to clearly defined procedures and involves a narrow scope of well-defined duties.
 

Agriculture Specialist II

Code: 59012

Pay Band: 2

SOC: 45-2092*
and 19-4011*

The Agricultural Specialist II role provides career tracks for agricultural technicians who independently perform a variety of tasks ranging from journey level to advanced level related to farm operations, care of livestock and/or agricultural programs and studies in support of research, extension programs, and teaching.
COMPLEXITY
  • Performs a variety of duties in support of seasonal or program requirements without direct supervision.
  • Applies knowledge of agriculture techniques and procedures to farming and the care of livestock and plants.
  • Ability to operate farm equipment and tools, and to understand and follow parts and service manuals.
  • Frequent contact with students, faculty and researchers to receive instructions and guidance.
RESULTS
  • Proper care of livestock and plants supports effective farm operations, studies and extension services.
  • Actions can impact research findings, teaching outcomes and customer service.
  • Responsible for proper operation and maintenance of equipment used in farming and extension programs or teaching services.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • May lead or provide guidance to co-workers and students as needed.
  • Some decision making based on knowledge of function and interpretation of policy within the scope of responsibilities.
  • Responsible for working independently based on established procedures. Refers unusual situations to a higher level.
 

Agricultural Specialist III

Code: 59013

Pay Band: 3

SOC: 45-2011*
and 45-1011*

The Agricultural Specialist III role provides career tracks for entry level inspectors that perform inspection, sampling or commodity grading services with limited variability to ensure compliance with established guidelines, policies and/or statutory laws and regulations; or, implement teaching and/or research protocols. This role also provides career tracks for the supervisor of the agricultural technicians in the areas of animal and plant health, and/or farming in support of research, extension, teaching, or correctional farming programs. Duties range from entry-level inspections to supervision of agricultural technician staff.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of functional area or program.
  • Ability to follow and communicate research and teaching protocols, established policies, procedures or laws and regulations.
  • Frequent contacts with agriculture businesses, government entities, and consumers to conduct inspections, grade commodities, and/or explain laws, regulations or procedural requirements.
  • May have frequent contact with research staff and faculty to review research or farming methods.
  • Employees performing inspections or grading may be required to have certification or licensure.
RESULTS
  • Decisions and actions determine compliance with State/Federal regulations and laws that can significantly impact the health, safety or economic well being of consumers and industry.
  • Actions have a direct impact on research activities and findings, teaching, or farming operations.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Makes decisions within the scope of responsibility by determining product grades or regulatory compliance.
  • Some positions make decisions concerning research control methods or farming operations.
  • Refers more complex issues to supervisor or chain of command.
  • May supervise and train staff and/or oversee assigned functions or areas of a program.
 
These two roles provide a dual career track for agricultural specialists.
 

Agricultural Specialist IV

Code: 59014

Pay Band: 4

SOC: 45-1011*
and 45-2011*

Agricultural Manager I

Code: 59016

Pay Band: 4

SOC: 11-9011*

Agricultural Specialist IV

The Agricultural Specialist IV role provides career tracks for inspectors and graders whose responsibilities range from journey level inspections to supervision of staff in inspection, research, extension and correctional farming programs including planning and development activities for the assigned program. Duties include performing inspections, sampling and grading of a variety of agricultural products and services or implement research and teaching protocols and programs.
COMPLEXITY
  • Interprets, applies and enforces statutes, laws, regulations, and/or program policies.
  • Applies knowledge of specific program area, agricultural commodities and products.
  • May apply knowledge of agricultural principals and techniques to implement research projects and extension programs.
  • Supervisory positions schedule work activities, monitor work plans and staff performance, provide training for subordinates, monitor expenditures, equipment and supplies.
  • Frequent contacts with agriculture businesses, government entities and consumers to investigate complaints, review, apply and explain program policies, laws and regulations.
  • May interact with research staff and faculty to plan, review and assess research methods, and results.
RESULTS
  • Proper application of laws and regulations affects the health, safety or economic well being of consumers and industry.
  • Decision-making affects public confidence and credibility of regulatory programs.
  • Actions impact research activities/ findings, teaching, or farm production.
  • Supervisory actions and decisions impact the work teamís ability to achieve program goals and objectives.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Performs, leads, or supervises the inspection, grading, regulation and/or quality control standards for agricultural products/services or research/teaching programs.
  • Exercises independent judgment within scope of authority; refers significantly complex issues to supervisor or management.
  • May have the authority to plan, schedule and direct work of others and/or oversee program functions for an assigned location, facility, territory, or work unit.
  • May recommend penalties or appropriate course of action for violation of laws and regulations.

Agricultural Manager I

The Agricultural Manager I role provides career tracks for managers of correctional farm or a research, extension or and/or teaching farm. Responsibilities include planning and directing program operations; managing and scheduling work activities; coordinating planting, harvesting and delivery of crops and livestock. Employees may manage administrative functions of farm programs including budget, procurement and record management in addition to supervision of operational work units/teams of full-time staff, student or inmate labor.
COMPLEXITY
  • Interprets, and applies program policies, research protocols and/or teaching objectives.
  • Applies knowledge of agricultural principals and techniques to plan and direct farm objectives and/or research mission.
  • Coordinates and schedules work activities, training for staff or students, and equipment and facility maintenance.
  • Frequent contact with State and Federal Agencies, Extension Offices, research staff and faculty to review/assess research methods, farmingpractices and results; as well as interaction with vendors and suppliers to coordinate order and delivery of supplies.
  • May interact with Farmerís Markets and Coops to sell/market crops or livestock.
  • May interact with institutional security and rehabilitative staff to schedule inmates and ensure adequate inmate control.
RESULTS
  • Management of resources, supplies, equipment, facilities and budget impact productivity and/or research findings or teaching objectives.
  • Proper application of research protocols or farming methods impacts research findings, teaching objectives or farm production.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Manages farm operations or research/teaching programs.
  • Exercises independent judgment within scope of authority; refers significantly complex issues to upper management.
  • Responsible for crop production, and livestock operations.
These two roles provide a dual career track for agricultural specialists.
 

Agricultural Specialist V

Code: 59015

Pay Band: 5

SOC: 45-1011*

Agricultural Manager II

Code: 59017

Pay Band: 5

SOC: 11-9011*

Agricultural Specialist V

The Agricultural Specialist V role provides career tracks for agricultural specialists who serve as experts coordinating and/or as a supervisors supervising complex agricultural regulatory programs or commodity programs in marketing. Responsibilities include marketing services that identify product quality and value; or enforcing statutory laws, regulations, procedures and/or customer service and quality control standards, supervising, developing and training of staff. Employees serving as technical experts provide consultation to program staff or to businesses and consumers or lead high-priority cases involving major violations or coordinate/ conduct fact-finding conferences, determine civil penalties or prepare evidence for court action.
COMPLEXITY
  • Oversees and coordinates multiple projects and a variety of program activities including planning and setting program objectives.
  • Oversees regulatory compliance activities including consistent interpretation and enforcement of policies, procedures, laws and/or regulations.
  • May make recommendations for procedural and/or policy changes.
  • Supervises staff, programs, and administrative functions for assigned projects.
  • Applies expert or in-depth knowledge of subject area, monitors industry trends and best practices.
  • Frequent contacts with agriculture industry, local, state, and federal agencies, government officials, professional associations and consumers to review industry compliance with laws/regulations.
RESULTS
  • Proper interpretation and application of State and Federal laws and regulations to enforce compliance affects the health, safety or economic well being of consumers and industry.
  • Proper implementation of quality control procedures ensures appropriate delivery of agricultural or horticultural products and/or inspection and regulatory services.
  • Actions and decisions directly impact public confidence, consumer satisfaction and overall program success.
  • Supervisory actions and decisions impact the work teamís ability to achieve program goals and objectives.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Coordinates, supervises and/or evaluates the inspection, regulation and/or quality control standards of agricultural or horticultural products/services.
  • Exercises independent judgment within scope of authority to determine penalties and appropriate actions for regulatory non-compliance.
  • Refers significantly complex issues to upper-management

Agricultural Manager II

The Agricultural Manager II role provides career tracks for managers who manage and coordinate complex agricultural programs and/or services such as plant and pest services, and marketing services; or agricultural research operations in support of research, extension or teaching activities. Responsibilities include planning and directing program objectives to ensure quality customer service, development of internal (staff) and/or external (industry) training programs; and uniform enforcement of statutory laws, regulations, procedures and/or quality control standards. Employees serve as technical experts providing consultation to other program areas or to businesses and consumers as needed.
COMPLEXITY
  • Manages and coordinates multiple projects and a variety of program activities.
  • Oversees interpretation and enforcement of policies, procedures, laws and/or regulations.
  • May make recommendations for procedural and/or policy changes.
  • Manages staff, programs, and administrative functions for assigned area.
  • Applies expert or in-depth knowledge of subject area.
  • Frequent contacts with agriculture industry, state agencies, government officials and consumers to review industry compliance with laws/regulations
  • May have frequent contacts with faculty, research staff and students to evaluate research programs and methodology.
RESULTS
  • Proper interpretation and application of State and Federal laws and regulations to enforce compliance affects the health, safety or economic well being of consumers.
  • Proper implementation of research projects impacts outcome of experiments.
  • Actions and decisions directly impact public confidence, consumer satisfaction and overall program success.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Manages the inspection, regulation and/or quality control standards of agricultural products/services, or research/teaching programs.
  • Exercises independent judgment within scope of authority to include assessment of penalties and appropriate actions for regulatory non-compliance or identification of critical marketing issues.
  • Refers significantly complex issues to upper-management.
  • Plans and directs work of others through effective leadership skills, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Makes recommendations for policy or legislative development and advises higher level management on industry trends.
 

Agricultural Manager III

Code: 59018

Pay Band: 6

SOC: 11-9011*

The Agricultural Manager III role provides career tracks for managers of a major statewide agricultural compliance program with multiple work units, offices, or sub-divisions, such as plant and pest services, product and industry standards, food distribution, or commodity grading services. Provides program direction and coordination of services and resources for the protection of the economic, health, safety, and other interests of the agricultural industry and the general public.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies in-depth knowledge of laws, policies and program areas.
  • Applies high level of technical expertise to manage staff and accomplish program objectives.
  • Directs emergency response efforts for product recalls, consumer alerts or natural disasters.
  • Frequent contacts with, agriculture industry, businesses, board members, state and federal agencies, professional associations and consumers to review industry compliance with laws, regulations and/or assess need for legislative changes.
RESULTS
  • Proper decisions and actions directly impact public confidence and consumer satisfaction.
  • Effective program implementation impacts the success, and fiscal responsibility of programs, staffing and customer service.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Responsible for statewide programs including development of program objectives, budget, and allocation of resources and services.
  • Identifies and implements strategies, initiatives and procedures that support program mission and compliance/enforcement goals for the general welfare and safety of the public.
  • Plans, directs and evaluates work of others through effective leadership skills, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Develops goals, objectives and strategic plans for the assigned program; develops and modifies operating procedures and guidelines in accordance with industry trends, and changes in laws; evaluates program effectiveness; and recommends policy and legislative changes.
 

Agricultural Manager IV

Code: 59019

Pay Band: 7

SOC: 11-9011*

The Agricultural Manager IV role provides career tracks for managers who serve as division directors for multiple statewide agricultural and consumer services programs including meat and poultry, pesticide services, plant and pest services, consumer affairs, product and industry standards, and dairy and foods. Develops and implements strategies, policies, and legislative initiatives that support economic growth and consumer protection.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies in-depth knowledge of consumer protection laws and regulations governing multiple statewide programs.
  • Develops/administers policy and recommends legislative changes to the Deputy Commissioner.
  • Applies high level of technical expertise to manage multiple statewide programs/projects and accomplish objectives and goals.
  • Frequent contacts with agricultural business representatives, federal and state agencies, board members, professional associations, and government and legislative officials to identify critical issues, establish priorities and implement action plans.
RESULTS
  • Effective administration of regulatory compliance programs for the agricultural industry and consumer services affects the general welfare and safety of citizens, the environment, and the agribusiness industry.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Directs the management and coordination of agency resources and service deliveries for a major segment of the agency.
  • Compliance with laws and regulations that impact the general welfare and safety of citizens, environment, and agribusiness industry.
  • Identification of critical needs and issues that involve the safety and economic well being of consumers and Virginiaís agricultural industry.
  • Plans and directs strategic goals through subordinate managers.
  • Plans, directs and evaluates work of others through effective leadership skills, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
   
 

*Statistical Reporting

 
This Career Group includes, but is not limited to, those in the following Standard Occupational Classifications:
 
11-9011 Farming, Ranch & Other Agricultural Managers
19-4011 Agricultural & Food Service Technicians
45-0 Farming, Fishing & Forestry Occupation
45-1011 First Line Supervisor/Manager of Farming, Fishing & Forestry Workers
45-2011 Agricultural Inspectors
45-2041 Graders & Sorters, Agricultural Products
45-2092 Farm workers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, & Greenhouse
   
 
History
 
Previous class titles (listed by new role title).
 

Agricultural Specialist I

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81021

Agricultural Technician A

3

 

Agricultural Specialist II

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81022

Agricultural Technician B

5

 

Agricultural Specialist III

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81312

Agriculture Grader Inspector B

6

81262

Weights and Measures Inspector

7

81101

Agricultural Supervisor

7

81314

Agricultural Commodity Specialist

8

 

Agricultural Specialist IV

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81316

Agricultural Grader Inspector C

9

81112

Agricultural Inspector

9

81113

Agricultural Inspector Senior

10

81321

Grain Grading Field Supervisor

10

81317

Agriculture & Consumer Services Regional Supervisor

10

81114

Agricultural Inspection Supervisor

11

81413

Grain Law Supervisor

11

81203

Agriculture & Consumer Services Assistant Supervisor

11

 

Agricultural Specialist V

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81204

Agriculture & Consumer Services Supervisor

12

 

Agricultural Manager I

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81102

Agricultural Manager

9

81103

Agricultural Manager Senior

11

 

Agricultural Manager II

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81131

Agricultural Program Coordinator

12

81132

Agricultural Program Supervisor

13

81222

Agricultural Commodity Program Manager

14

 

Agricultural Manager III

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81235

Consumer Protection Program Manager

15

 

Agricultural Manager IV

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

81404

Consumer Protection Director

19