Certified Seed Specialist - 0205

Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Oct. 16, 2019


Opening Date:

October 2, 2019

Closing Date:

October 16, 2019


Central and Northern Aroostook County

Position #:


Position Type:

Permanent Full Time

Class Code:



18   $15.81 - $21.13

Brief Job Description:  This position is responsible for inspecting potato plants, tubers and field grains to determine if they meet state certification standards with respect to disease incidence and varietal purity.  Inspections are conducted in the field, at harvest time and during shipping of the crops.  Additional Duties may include maintaining records of all inspection activities and collecting soil samples to be checked for the presence of destructive pests and the ability to lift 75 lbs. containers daily.

  • Ability to work independently, with limited or no supervision.
  • Inspect Maine seed potatoes during growing season and shipping point for varietal purity, various viral , bacterial and fungal diseases, and request corrective action if found to exceed tolerances set by statutory authority and or reject from certification.
  • Inspect seed grains for varietal purity, various weeds, fungal and viral diseases andrequest corrective action if found to exceed tolerances set by statutory authority and or reject from certification.
  • Authorized Certification Official (ACO) authorized by the National Plant Protection Organization and accredited for the signing of phytosanitary certificates by successfully passing an approved examination within one year of hire date.
  • Assist Federal State Inspection Service and/or Agricultural Compliance officials when requested.
  • Receive post harvest test samples, sort by varieties, grade, rebag, and perform laboratory duties as needed for post-harvest potato virus testing of potato tubers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Two (2) years’ experience inspecting and grading potatoes. Knowledge of potato and grain diseases and varietal characteristics. Knowledge of applicable federal and state seed potato and small grain certification laws, rules, and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Ability to use GPS devices for measuring and mapping.

For further information, call Eric Hitchcock, Seed Certification Program Manager at (207) 764-2036.

Interested applicants need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Direct Hire Application along with a detailed Resume, Cover Letter @ http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/index.shtml#acf


October 16, 2019

If you are unable to apply online, Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at (207) 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/application.shtml

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay, Employee Pays: 7.65% of pay
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)

Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.