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Date:  Nov 21, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-1813

Job Requisition ID:  18219

Agency :  Department of Agriculture 
Closing Date/Time: 12/05/2022
Salary:   $4,722.00-$6,756.00/anticipated starting monthly salary  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Kane; DeKalb; DuPage; Kendall; LaSalle; Will  
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 the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


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 Kane, Dekalb, DuPage, Kendall, LaSalle, and Will and will be required to work from their home location as a base of daily operational headquarters to service their designated worksites.


Posting Identification Number #18219



Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Division of Cannabis Regulation is growing and is seeking qualified candidates to ensure the success of this developing area. Plant & Pesticide Specialist I within the Bureau of Cannabis Inspection is responsible for the inspection of licensed cultivation centers, processors, growers, transporters, industrial hemp and participants of the Community College Vocational Pilot program under the Department of Agriculture’s authority.  This position investigates complaints, violations and accidents and compliance of cannabis cultivation center’s production, cultivation, manufacturing, product registration, packaging, compliance of cannabis infused products. In addition, this position ensures compliance with all state and federal statutes and regulations regarding cannabis, pesticides and industrial hemp; conducts investigations and prepares weekly activity reports, investigative reports, deficiency reports and other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Travels to conduct inspections of facility production areas and cannabis plants for contaminants. 
  2. Investigates complaints or incidents, violations and accidents.
  3. Travels to regulate licensed cultivation centers, processors, growers, transporters, industrial hemp and participants of the Community College Cannabis Vocational Pilot program operators. 
  4. Travels to inspect cultivation center production facilities for inventory, label review, illegal contaminants and substances.
  5. Conducts inspections and investigations to verify certification and license, and contacts operators who have not renewed licenses, assists in the renewal process.
  6. 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 completion of four years of college, preferably with coursework in entomology, horticulture, botany, agronomy or related fields. 
  2. Requires six months' professional experience in a related field or successful completion of an approved training program.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers working knowledge of the effects of pesticides on plants and the environment and of federal and state laws and regulations governing the use and application of pesticides.
  2. Prefers experience establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with associates and general public.
  3. Prefers experience compiling reports and maintaining records.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver's license.
  2. Requires ability to climb, lift and carry a minimum of fifty pounds of weight, including heavy plants/plant parts and work in environments with dust, and work outside during all seasons.
  3. Requires ability to travel and be on travel status when instructed.
  4. Requires residence in Whiteside, Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Lee, Ogle or Carroll County.
  5. Requires ability to successfully pass a pre-employment physical.
  6. Requires the ability to successfully pass a background check.


Work Hours:  Monday - Friday / 8:00am - 4:30pm  
Work Location: 801 E Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62702-1813  
Agency Contact:

Bureau of Human Resources


Phone #:217-785-5099

Job Family:  Sciences and Natural Resources; Legal and Compliance  


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


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.


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!



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