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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Hot Jobs @ MDARD

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    This position requires the incumbent to live in the assigned work area of 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. ...

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    This position requires the incumbent to live in the assigned work area of Kent County, 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 ...

  • Motor Fuel Field Technician - Laboratory Technician 8-E10

    This position requires the incumbent to live in the assigned work area of Saginaw/Bay Counties, or be willing to relocate within 6 months of hire. 

    As an entry level position under supervision of a program manager and/or field supervisor, works to ensure economic welfare for the State of Michigan, concerning Motor Fuels Quality.  Position functions to collect Motor Fuel samples; helping the Motor Fuel Program ensure that Michigan's motoring public is purchasing motor fuels that meet minimum state standards.

  • Food and Dairy Industry Manager 14 - North Region Food Manager
    This position requires a home workstation located in the North Region territory (see map), or within 30 minutes of the North Region territory in Michigan.
     
    This position is responsible for ensuring food safety in Michigan by the direct supervision of the field inspectors who inspect and regulate area food and dairy establishments, perform foodborne illness and consumer complaint investigations, and enforce rules related to the packaging and labeling of food products. The responsibilities of the Regional Supervisor also include: policy development and administration; staff training, workload management and quality assurance; complaint investigation, sampling and enforcement; emergency response; and establishment licensing related to food/dairy/food service safety laws and regulations applying to the sanitation, manufacture, licensing, grading, branding, storage and transportation of food and dairy products.  This position also manages activities related to program coordination with local health departments, industry, civic organizations, schools, FDA and other governmental agencies.
     
    This position is required to follow established standard operating procedures and meet quality, quantity and timeliness standards for assigned work.
     
  • Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Database Administrator - Departmental Analyst 9-P11

    The primary role of this position within the MDARD Geagley Laboratory is that of the Administrator for the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database (LabLynx) which duties include:

    • Supporting laboratory programs through creation and modification of new versions of tests and reports within the LIMS SQL database
    • Maintenance and modifications of SQL server views and stored procedures
    • Review, analyze, and modify programming systems including encoding, testing, debugging and installing
    • Programming languages SQL, C#, VB.net
    • Report writing using Active Reports
    • Experience with Excel formulas and macros
    • Maintain all functionality within the LIMS system
    • Importing/exporting of data
    • Maintaining users and permissions (create and remove)
    • Troubleshooting of LIMS issues and functionality
    • Supporting LIMS projects and implementations. 
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