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Primary Products Inspector

Primary Products Inspectors inspect animals, plants and agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

Overview

Primary Products Inspectors inspect animals, plants and agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

Day-to-day

  • inspecting animals, plants and agricultural produce to identify product quality issues, and providing advice to producers
  • auditing and monitoring quality procedures at farms and food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards
  • testing samples of produce for quality, size and purity
  • ensuring that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles
  • advising primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informing producers and the general public of the health implications of diseases and impurities
  • advising on the identification of pests and diseases and on regulations pertaining to grading, packing and loading of products
  • examining imported plants and animals, and products, such as timber, seeds and dried fruits, and making quarantine arrangements
  • patrolling and investigating waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life
  • educating, advising and providing information on a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection
  • may initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations.

Considerations

  • working outdoors.

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$1,644 / week
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Stable
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