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

  • Food and Dairy Division Director - State Office Administrator 17

    This position has been reposted.  If you have already applied for this position, you do not need to reapply.

    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking a professional, innovative and enthusiastic leader to be Division Director for our Food and Dairy Division.  The Division Director will have the responsibility for leading strategic planning efforts, implementing the division's mission, vision and values, executing ...

  • State Worker 4 - Nursery Inspection/Pest Detection Assistance

    This position serves as a non-career State Worker 4 performing a variety of functions related to regulatory plant protection, including assisting with nursery inspection, commodity certification, and pest detection. This is a temporary, intermittent position expected to work no more than 129 hours per month through mid-October.  This position will be located in Allegan or Ottawa County.

  • Plant Industry Inspector (Nursery Focus) - Plant Industry Field Scientist 9-P11

    This position performs duties relative to the division's pesticide, plant pest, and agricultural product programs.  Duties include: 

    Investigation of complaints
    Licensing of businesses
    Inspection of establishments and marketplaces
    Certification and registration of pesticide applicators
    Identification and inspection of plants and plant products and animal feed, fertilizer, seed, and animal remedy products
    Licensing or registration of pesticide and agricultural products
    Survey and response activities related to invasive or exotic plant pests.
    Work is performed in a training capacity under various degrees of supervision and oversight.

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