Agricultural inspectors ensure that agricultural facilities maintain a standard of sanitation in compliance with regulations. They visit facilities and inspect the site, including equipment and environmental conditions, to ensure quality, health, and safety. Working hours may vary depending on the agency; extensive travel may be required and work locations vary depending on industry and specialty. Key performance areas include the detection of violations, report writing, and issuing corrective action. The educational requirement to become an agricultural inspector vary depending on the industry; a bachelor's degree may be required for work in laboratories.
Many vacancies for agricultural inspectors are in government agencies. While requirements for application differ by locale, it's common to take a standardized civil service exam to meet the minimum qualification to proceed in the hiring process. Look for such vacancies in civil service publications, as well as other typical job search channels. If you're selected for the interview, the interviewer will be assessing your skills and abilities, including your knowledge of relevant sciences (e.g. biology, agriculture, etc.); your ability to understand complex regulatory documentation and enforce it; and your ability to work independently.
To prepare for the interview, think about ambiguous situations in which you had to interpret the circumstances and exercise good judgment to arrive at a positive outcome. Prepare anecdotes regarding honesty and integrity. Think about methods you use to remain objective. Be sure to inform yourself about trends in the industry you're applying for. Competency questions may assess your observation and report-writing skills, so think about processes and methods you use. When possible, clarify your thoughts by communicating them in a sequential, step-by-step manner. Your interviewer will feel more confident in your ability to perform the job at their standards if you're able to give concrete examples in which you applied your skill and in which your character traits enabled you to succeed.