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Date:  Jun 22, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-1813

Job Requisition ID:  15116

 Agency:  Department of Agriculture 
Closing Date/Time: 07/07/2022 
Salary:  $4,154-$5,869/anticipated monthly starting salary  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Cook  
Number of Vacancies:  1  
Plan/BU:  RC029  

This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number 15116


This position serves in a regional capacity. Persons serving in this role are required to assume residency in Cook County and will be required to work from their home location as a base of daily operational headquarters to service their designated worksites. 



The Illinois Department of Agriculture (AGR) administers an annual budget of more than $100 million and employs more than 300 people statewide, with several hundred more temporary employees hired during the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair.  Separate bureaus administer programs and services directed at conserving the state's land and water resources; protecting the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals; overseeing state and county fairs; regulating seed, feed and fertilizer products; ensuring the financial stability of grain dealers and warehouses; promoting Illinois food and agricultural products; and operating the state's horse racing program.  


AGR values employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.  


AGR offers a robust benefit package including; 

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules in many program areas
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 10 Weeks paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Pension Plan
  • Deferred Compensation, and other pre-tax benefit programs
  • Employees earn twelve (12) paid sick days annually
  • Ten to twenty-five (10-25) paid vacation days based on years of service
  • Employees earn three (3) paid personal days pro-rated based on start date
  • Thirteen - Fourteen (13-14) paid state holidays annually


If this opportunity appeals to you, please apply today!

Position Overview

The Department of Agriculture is seeking to hire an Animal and Animal Products Investigator in the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare.  This position performs specialized inspections and/or investigations of establishments licensed by the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare. We invite qualified applicants to apply for this position to help the Department of Agriculture prevent livestock disease and ensure humane care of animals.

IDOA is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.   In recruiting for our team, we recognize the unique contributions of each applicant regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.IDOA is an equal opportunity employer. 


Job Responsibilities

  1. Performs initial inspections of establishments applying for licensure by the Bureau under a variety of acts including the Illinois Animal Welfare Act and Illinois Livestock Auction Market Law.
  2. Performs annual inspections of licensed establishments.
  3. Investigates alleged complaints of inhuman treatment or improper care of animals
  4. Enforces the rules and stautues for which the Bureau has responsibility pertaining to dead animal disposal.
  5. Investigates unlicensed establishments to determine if there is a necessity to license 
  6. Prepares and submits inspection reports and follows up on any investigation initiated by employee or assigned by the Bureau.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of two years of college with coursework in animal husbandry or law enforcement or a related field.
  2. Requires one year of professional experience in a compliance enforcement capacity in an agricultural industry or evidence of completion of an approved agency training program.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Requires working knowledge of federal and state statutes, rules and regulations administered by the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare.
  2. Requires working knowledge of procedures utilized in gathering and assembling evidence, in determining compliance and in initiating formal corrective action on violations.
  3. Requires working knowledge of licenses, health records and certificates and record keeping practices required for the operation of animal  facilities.
  4. Requires working knowledge of techniques utilized in the examination of animal facilities to ensure compliance in making recommendations for appropriate regulatory measures in cases involving unlicensed animal facilities.
  5. Requires elementary knowledge of agency policies and procedures regarding the inspection of animals and the investigation of complaints and suspected violations.
  6. Requires ability to apply the various laws, rules, and regulations to determine noncompliance and prepare and maintain routine records and reports.
  7. Requires the ability to perform inspections of animal facilities to determine compliance with animal health, record keeping and sanitation requirements.
  8. Requires ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with animal and animal stakeholders, consumers and other employees, and interpret and explain the various regulatory requirements of the program.
  9. Requires ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  10. Requires ability to initiate formal corrective action against animal and animal products facilities found to be in violation.


Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver's license and the ability to operate a state vehicle in performance of duties.
  2. Must reside in Cook County.
  3. Requires the ability to successfully pass a background check. 



Work Hours:  8:00-4:30/Monday-Friday (work hours may vary)  
Work Location: 801 E Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62702-1813  
Agency Contact:

Bureau of Human Resources


Phone #:217-785-5099

Job Function:  Legal and Compliance  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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