- Seed Analyst III
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is advanced technical work in the Seed Laboratory of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The employee in this class conducts advanced analytical tests on agricultural and vegetable seed samples to determine compliance with the requirements of the Missouri Seed Law. The employee applies standards established by the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) to determine the viability, purity and germination potential of prepared seed samples and independently issues official AOSA sample certificates. Work at this level is distinguished from that of lower-level Seed Analysts by responsibility for serving as laboratory supervisor in the absence of the Seed Analyst IV, participation in training lower-level Seed Analysts in the work of the Seed Laboratory, and emphasis of effort on purity and/or germination testing. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Seed Analyst IV; however, the employee is expected to exercise judgment, discretion and initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities.
Performs advanced tests for purity and germination potential on prepared seed samples, including conducting tests on seed for the presence of fungus and tetrazolium tests on soybeans, native grasses and other samples to determine seed viability.
Determines seed sample purity based on pure seed, other crop, inert matter, weed seed, noxious weed seed and prohibited weed seed content.
Determines seed sample germination potential through the use of proper substrate, temperature, moisture and the subsequent evaluation of seedlings.
Assists in orienting and training employees in proper AOSA procedures and techniques for preparing and testing seed samples; serves as laboratory supervisor in the absence of the Seed Analyst IV.
Issues official certification statement attesting the sample matches the claims stated on the product label; notifies superiors of those samples which fail analysis.
Participates in established quality assurance efforts, including the analysis of AOSA referee samples.
Assists in reviewing developments in seed analysis research and techniques.
Interprets and documents test results; enters test data and results into the seed laboratory computer.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One year as a Seed Analyst II in the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
One year of experience as an AOSA-certified Seed Analyst involving testing for purity and germination potential; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in seed technology, plant science, agronomy, agriculture or closely related areas. (Experience in seed analysis or closely related work in seed processing and/or sales which affords a knowledge of seed identification, testing and labeling procedures may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)
Possession of AOSA certifications in seed purity and germination.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and policies and AOSA standards relating to the regulation of the seed industry and the preparation and analysis of seed samples.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques used in the production of seeds.
Some knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.
Ability to operate, maintain and instruct others in the operation of instruments and devices used in seed sample preparation and testing.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare complete and accurate records and reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, seed companies and the general public.
Ability to train lower-level employees in the procedures and techniques used in testing and analyzing seed samples.
Ability to interpret and apply statutes, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to the analysis of agricultural and vegetable seed samples.
Ability to perform detailed and repetitive work in accordance with exacting standards.
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