Brand Inspector Supervisor

WA State Department of Agriculture   Toppenish, WA   Part-time     Farming / Fishing / Forestry
Posted on January 30, 2024
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AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy


The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.


We're seeking to hire a Brand Inspector Supervisor to join the Livestock Identification Program


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The WSDA Animal Services Division is dedicated to protecting the health and economic vitality of our livestock industry. The Livestock Identification Program aids in that mission by providing asset protection for the livestock industry by recording brands, licensing feedlots and public livestock markets, and by conducting surveillance and inspection of livestock at time of sale and upon out of state movement. 

As a Brand Inspector Field Supervisor this position reports to the Livestock Identification Program Manager and is a member of the program's management team. With an emphasis on field supervision, this position supports the manager in the implementation of the program, performance of the program's fiscal and accountability compliance, and problem resolution resulting in creation or change of policy to ensure goals and strategies of the program are met and accounted for. This position will primarily be supporting and supervising staff at the Toppenish Livestock Market in Toppenish, WA. 

While not a guarantee of hours, this position typically works 30 hours a week.

Position and Salary Information

WSDA is recruiting for a part-time permanent Brand Inspector Supervisor position within the Animal Services Division. This position is approved for a home duty station residing in Yakima, Kittitas, or Klickitat County to ensure excellent service delivery to the local livestock community and is assigned an agency vehicle to complete job functions. This position is represented by Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). 

The base pay offered will take into account internal equity and may vary depending on the preferred candidate's job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The typical starting salary range for this position is: $22.32 - $24.61 hourly. 

Employee Benefits

  • A healthy work/life balance, which may include flexible work schedules, and teleworking.
  • WSDA provides an excellent benefits package beyond traditional benefits. State employment offers Dependent Care Assistance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Deferred Compensation, Employee Recognition Leave; click here for more information.
  • 12 paid Holidays & Vacation and Leave Accruals.
  • All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required will be provided by the agency.
  • Commute Trip Reduction Program. 


For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at



Include, but are not limited to: 

  • Utilize independent judgment to make decisions dealing with urgent or short notice issues and redirect personnel to meet needs for high priority activity.
  • Communicate with field staff and program manager concerning program and industry issues.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the livestock Inspection Regulations.
  • Respond to and provide information to the public, co-workers, other agencies, etc. in a timely, professional and easy to understand manner.
  • Monitor employee assigned vehicle mileage, ensure state vehicles are up to date on scheduled services and repairs.
  • Supervise all field staff within designated geographic area to include:
    • Oversee training and professional development of all field staff in designated area to ensure expertise and capability to execute field objectives successfully. 
    • Address performance issues relating to submission of records and revenue. Audit employee time records/ travel vouchers, ensure staff follow the policies, and procedures of the program, division. and agency.
    • Conduct yearly evaluations of staff and set expectations for staff, monitor work schedules, and make assignments to keep overtime at a minimum.
  • Perform ownership inspections of cattle and horses being presented for inspection at livestock markets, slaughter plants, feedlots, and other locations as required. 
  • Responsibilities include visually inspecting the animal(s), validating ownership and the right of possession claims, researching brand recordings, inspection records, and issuing certificates to document or transfer title of the animal. 
  • Assist in the preparation and editing of correspondence, newsletters, reports and publication for the program.
  • Assist the program manager with developing a strategic plan, developing policy and procedures relating to the program and its field activities, and assist with special projects assigned to the program.



Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent. 
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience including overseeing geographically dispersed employees and conflict management.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and skill in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with little direct supervision.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:  


  • Two (2) years experience or knowledge of the livestock industry; includes experience handling livestock or experience working in an animal related industry (such as a dairy, feedlot, or veterinary office).
  • Two (2) years experience in law enforcement, military service or work involving direct public contact.
  • Two (2) years experience as a Brand Inspector 1.

Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position - If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your past experience relates to them, please contact us Human Resource Office at


Supplemental Information


How to apply:

You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile to be considered for this position:

· Current resume detailing experience and education

· A cover letter describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position

· Three professional references 


By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email


The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified, and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, genetics, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the agency mission. Having a diverse workforce is this agency's greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures to provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at
Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Veteran's Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here. 


Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.