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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Careers

MDARD Careers

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Careers


At the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), we encourage and embrace innovation, creativity, and growth, so we can provide the best possible service to the robust food and agriculture industry and the residents of Michigan. As a department, we are committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that builds upon our values and invests in our employees and provides an inclusive culture through involvement and empowerment. Learn more about careers in the Michigan Food & Agriculture Industry.

Our staff work to assure food safety, protect animal and plant health, sustain environmental stewardship, provide consumer protection, enable rural development and foster efficient administration operations through service, partnership and collaboration.

Pursuant to section 218 of PA 119 of 2023, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development posts this notice that it has adopted a hybrid policy that includes in-person, remote, and alternative work arrangements. The department or agency has the authority to assign and schedule its employees and determine their work location.  This policy also provides for work options contingent upon the operational needs of the department or agency.  Approval is at the discretion of the department or agency and can be changed or rescinded based upon operational needs.  The policy includes which positions may qualify for a work option, how to request one and the requirements necessary for approval.

Why Choose a Career at MDARD?

Working for the State of Michigan comes with some great benefits.

Virtual and onsite hybrid working environments
Insurance benefits
Vacation and sick leave time
Upwards of 14 paid holidays, including Election Day (even-numbered years) 
Alternative work schedules
401k and retirement options
Financial support or discounted tuition rates
Paid parental leave
Student loan forgiveness opportunities
View benefits for state employees.

Newly hired employees receive on-the-job training and are paired with experienced staff for an immersive experience into MDARD culture from day one. Advanced, position-specific and emergency preparedness training are essential for safety and transitioning into a new role.

MDARD encourages growth and staff success through a robust professional development program through job exploration, training, and coaching opportunities.

Our Team

Who We Are

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Our employees make MDARD more than just a state agency. We are a group of individuals with a shared commitment to a wide-range of customers.

Who We Are

A Day in the Life

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Explore the work MDARD employees do every day to support Michigan’s food and agriculture industry through a series of “A Day in the Life” short videos.

A Day in the Life at MDARD

Natasha H Senior Food Industry Field Scientist

"Being a food inspector allows me to help store owners and consumers understand the importance of food safety. I also appreciate being able to work a flexible work schedule which helps me balance my work life with my busy family life."

Natasha H.
Senior Food Industry Field Scientist
MDARD Food and Dairy Division

Sean M Weights & Measures Inspector

“I enjoy working in the field instead of being in an office setting every day. By conducting inspections on various weighing and measuring devices, I’m helping to ensure the people of the State of Michigan are getting what they pay for."

Sean M.
Weights & Measures Inspector
MDARD Laboratory Division

Elizabeth Weier Emergency Management Analyst

“Every day I get to work with a passionate, tight-knit team to problem-solve and protect the public during emergencies ranging from foodborne illness and foreign animal disease outbreaks to natural disasters like flooding. No two days are alike, and I know what I do makes a difference.”

Elizabeth W.
Emergency Management Planner
MDARD Executive Office