This position is open ONLY for permanent employees of the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Candidates in any status other than permanent are not eligible to apply.
Serve as liaison and spokesperson to specialty crop organizations and Farmers markets. Explain department policy and procedures and solicit input. Monitor state and federal information on specialty crops, determine the potential impact and recommend solutions to resolve or minimize negative impacts. Present information to industry groups at conferences, workshops and board meetings. Write and publish timely articles and informational releases. Respond to constituent inquiries and concerns. Collaborate with other state and federal agencies and organizations to resolve issues affecting specialty crop producers. Act as the responsive agent for the department when appropriate.
Serve as the person responsible to implement and maintain Iowa’s participation in the DriftWatch system. This role will include, but is not limited to serving as Iowa’s Data Steward as defined in the DriftWatch MOU. In addition, this person will be responsible to serve as the Department’s liaison to the groups using the DriftWatch system including, but not limited to beekeepers, vineyard owners and other eligible specialty crop producers.
Coordinate department efforts to address those portions of the impending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that may impact the production and sale of Iowa grown fruit and vegetable crops. Maintain communication with federal regulatory authorities responsible for the implementation of FSMA. Analyze FSMA regulations and related policies impacting Iowa fruit and vegetable production. Maintain communication with department staff and Iowa fruit and vegetable producers who will be impacted by FSMA.
Organize and manage special projects to assist agricultural producers and the department. Collaborate with industry organizations to plan and implement surveys, define issues and resolution alternatives, and develop and implement strategic planning. Plan and implement IT solutions to streamline program operations and service delivery.
Assist other bureaus with special project as assigned.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and experience equal to four years of full-time professional level work such as program administration, development, management or operations.
Online applications must be completed PRIOR to 11:00 pm Central Time on the closing date.
Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button. You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.
Mailing Address: IDALS, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319: PH: 515-281-5321