Job Description 


Agricultural Inspector  (170006DF)



The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production.


Cannabis (marijuana and hemp) is a new crop for Massachusetts.  This Inspector position will enforce the laws and regulations involving hemp and overlapping laws and regulations that impact the cultivation of marijuana. This position implements and enforces: M.G.L. 128 Section 116-123, M.G.L.c. 132B and any other overlapping laws or regulations within M.G.L.c. 128. This position will consult with division management with the creation and enforcement of rules and regulations relative to hemp. This position consults and coordinates with state, local and national agencies as well as division and agency management. This position will provide education and outreach to stakeholders relative to the enforcement of pertinent laws and regulations.  This position will be required to provide reports and summaries on the inspections and investigations that are conducted.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors’ Degree or higher in Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Plant Pathology, Entomology, or related fields
  • Has experience or knowledge about Cannabis and how it is regulated in other states.
  • Has had field experience in a biological setting.
  • Has experience with enforcing rules and regulations.
  • Candidates must also be familiar with safety practices and procedures, testing methods and techniques.
  • Candidates must be familiar with inspection methods and techniques.
  • Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in written and oral expression and be able to work independently and adapt to varied work situations.
  • Ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines, compliance documents and other documents.
  • Ability   to synthesize knowledge of business, legal and policy guidelines regarding data practices, documents and records management.
  • Ability to read, understand and relay information relative to laws and regulations.
  • Experience working with legal and administrative procedures sufficient to evaluate and solve problems and implement new procedures.
  • Must possess and maintain an active valid drivers’ license with an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

A resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position is required.  These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying.


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply


Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical experience in pesticide regulation, control of pests, dissemination of technical guidance relative to the proper use of pesticides or environmental protection or management or, (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:  I. An Associate’s degree or higher with a major in agriculture, forestry, environmental protection, chemistry, biology, environmental or sanitary engineering or related fields from a recognized college or university may be substituted for the required experience*.

*Education towards such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.  Based on assignment, eligibility for appointment as a special police officer under the provisions of Chapter 147 of the Massachusetts General Laws

 Official Title: Insptr Hazard Subst/Pest I

Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Boston – 251 Causeway Street


: Compliance and Certification


: Department of Agricultural Resources


: Full-time


: Day

Job Posting

: Nov 3, 2017, 5:55:16 PM

Number of Openings

: 1


: 42,391.44  57,762.90 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: John Viola  617-626-1171

Bargaining Unit: 02-AFSCME – Service/Institutional