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Date:  Jan 20, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-1813

Job Requisition ID:  19014

 Agency:  Department of Agriculture 
Closing Date/Time: 02/03/2023 
Salary:  $3,552 - $4,782/anticipated monthly starting salary  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Moultrie; Coles; Douglas; Macon; Shelby  
Number of Vacancies:  2  
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  #19014


This position serves in a regional capacity. Persons serving in this role are required to assume residency in one of the Counties identified under the Conditions of Employment section which includes Moultrie, Macon, Shelby, Coles, or Douglas and will be required to work from their home location as a base of daily operational headquarters to service their designated worksites. 

Position Overview

The Department of Agriculture is seeking to hire a Meat and Poultry Inspector Trainee in the Moultrie County area.  Meat and Poultry Inspectors are essential employees on the front lines of protecting our food production system.  The successful candidate will start out as a trainee with the potential of being promoted to an inspector.  This position will monitor and inspect animals and animal products from slaughter through processing to packaging and labeling.  We invite qualified applicants to apply for this position to help the Department of Agriculture ensure the production of safe and wholesome meat and poultry products.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Receives formal training for a period of 6 - 12 months in the objectives, methods and techniques of meat and poultry inspection.
  2. Under close supervision, performs antemortem inspection of live animals and/or poultry prior to slaughter for the presence of conditions indicative of abnormalities or diseases.
  3. Successfully completes the Employee Development Guide for basic meat inspection and State of Illinois Department of Agriculture's slaughter and processing training courses to become familiar with provisions of food inspection laws, regulations, manuals and inspection procedures.
  4. Attends and participates in workshops, meetings, institutes, and other activities which will provide meaningful learning experiences for use in meat and poultry inspection.
  5. 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 high school (preferably with courses in algebra, biology or chemistry).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers elementary knowledge of disease or abnormal conditions of animals, poultry or carcasses and meat and poultry products.
  2. Prefers elementary knowledge of methods and techniques of antemortem and postmortem inspections of meat producing animals and poultry.
  3. Prefers elementary knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations governing the inspection and processing of meat and poultry products.
  4. Prefers basic knowledge of computer hardware and software.
  5. Prefers experience operating a computer and the software and database applications utilized by the agency.
  6. Prefers experience maintaining harmonious working relationships.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver's license and the ability to travel in performance of duties.

  2. Requires ability to successfully pass a pre-employment physical, including a drug & alcohol screening.

  3. Requires ability to successfully pass a background check.

  4. Requires ability to lift materials up to 20 pounds, bend and stoop in the inspection of animals.

  5. Requires ability to use safety practices around dangerous meat cutting and processing machinery and slippery conditions.

  6. Must reside in Moultrie, Macon, Shelby, Coles or Douglas County.


Work Hours:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm/Monday-Friday/daily 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).


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
  • Ten (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!


Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, 
prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive 
Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.




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