MDARD Careers

  • About the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

    Careers at MDARD logoWe're the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.  MDARD is comprised of six divisions that use a customer-driven, solution-oriented approach to cultivate and expand new economic opportunities for the food and agricultural sector; safeguard the public’s food supply; inspect and enforce sound animal health practices; control and eradicate plant pests and diseases threatening the $101.2 billion food and agriculture system; preserve the environment by which the farming community makes their living and feeds consumers; and protect consumers by enforcing laws relating to weights and measures.

    When the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) was created in 1921, its primary responsibility was to implement laws pertaining to the production, handling and distribution of agricultural products. The department was given the mandate to promote agricultural interests in Michigan and foster direct trading or marketing between producers and consumers.

    Although some things have remained constant, the 21st century has brought considerable new challenges and opportunities for MDARD. The department's job has become larger and more complex, and the technology more advanced.

    Today, MDARD operates according to much larger goals. In its dual role of regulator and marketer, the department provides Michigan citizens with quality services and information by working cooperatively with many state, federal and local agencies and other organizations including universities, colleges and associations.


Benefits Available to State of Michigan Employees

  • Complete List of Benefits Available to State of Michigan Employees

    Insurance Benefits
    State of Michigan employment benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, and many voluntary benefit options.

    Vacation/Leave Time
    Full time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation leave days per year, 13 sick days per year, and 8 hours annually to participate in certain school functions or community activities. Employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family or medical situations.

    Paid Holidays
    State employees receive 12 scheduled holidays each year, which include New Years Eve Day and New Years Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day just to name a few.

    Alternative Work Schedules
    Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are available in many jobs.

    Deferred Compensation
    Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program. The state offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount to be deducted from their paychecks.

    For a complete list of benefits available to State of Michigan employees, please visit this page on the Civil Service Commission website.


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    This position requires the incumbent to live in the assigned work area of Osceola, Grand Traverse, Wexford, Clare/Isabella Counties, or be willing to relocate within 6 months of hire. 

    This position serves to protect the economic welfare and health of the people of the State of Michigan, as it pertains to motor fuels quality, vapor recovery and reduction and weights and measures laws and regulations. This position uses their knowledge of scientific methodology and theory to conduct investigations for fraudulent activities regarding motor fuels held, offered or intended for sale in Michigan, including specialized requirements for vapor recovery and reduction; licensing of retail gasoline outlets; wholesale fuels sampling; and the development and proper commercial utilization of alternative fuels.  This position conducts investigations regarding the installation and proper use of motor fuels measuring devices; enforces National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) requirements; and ensures that Michigan Registered Service Agency requirements are met.  This position investigates complaints associated with motor fuels quality, quantity and methods of sale, utilizing program statistical and scientific study, program research, professional knowledge and informant information. This position conducts chemical field tests and  obtains official and investigative samples of motor fuel products.  This position gains compliance with applicable laws and regulations through the issuance of administrative fines, embargo, device condemnation, removal orders, and the pursuit of civil and criminal court actions.  This position may also be assigned to assist in non-motor fuels special projects regarding suspected violations of the Weights and Measures Act.  This is the entry level.  The employee performs professional motor fuels quality and related weights and ...

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