Investigator 3
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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This position supervises all compliance activities within the Animal Services Division and supervises the current Investigator 2 position. This position works with program managers to facilitate investigations and determine appropriate enforcement actions. This position performs livestock and paperwork inspections at public livestock markets, restricted holding facilities, residential farms/ranches, and exhibitions state-wide. This position will investigate alleged violations of the Washington State animal health and livestock inspection laws and any other related livestock laws and regulations. This position will also conduct livestock and poultry testing at public livestock markets, exhibitions and at residential farms/ranches.
This position is responsible for reviewing current laws and rules and making recommendations for amendments that will strengthen compliance within the division and the animal industry. This position will work closely with assigned Assistant Attorney General staff who advise WSDA on animals and poultry regulatory and legal matters.

This position is located in Olympia and serves on a state-wide divisional basis to assist the Animal Services Assistant Director and State Veterinarian. This position works independently on all aspects of formal and informal compliance cases, including the preparation, development and completion of civil penalty actions, civil infractions, placing hold and quarantine orders and other such compliance actions.

1. Oversee and conduct compliance investigations

Provide management oversight of Division's compliance unit. Implement complete financial oversight and accounting of the program. Analyze the program for efficiencies, costs and workload. Supervise an Investigator 2 position.
Conduct investigations to establish validity of claims and complaints of alleged violations of division laws and rules.
Prepare reports and case files associated with completed investigations.
Assist in determining compliance actions.
At the request of the Livestock Inspection program, investigate and work closely with prosecuting attorneys on livestock theft investigations.
Assist local law enforcement agencies and WSDA field veterinarians with investigations pertaining to animal cruelty and welfare when requested.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local, state and federal agencies, industry and associations and stakeholder groups. Communicate regularly with these groups to understand their needs, concerns and activities.
Use quality management principles such as LEAN, advance management methods and GMAP processes in the operation of the Compliance unit. 2. Inspections
Conduct inspections of livestock and poultry and paper documents at public livestock markets, residential farms/ranches and other locations within the state to ensure compliance with WSDA livestock and poultry regulations.
Inspect incoming and outgoing paperwork at public livestock markets to ensure animal health regulations are being followed.
Verify that the appropriate tests and vaccinations are completed at the public livestock markets before the animals are released.
Conduct inspections at rendering plants and inspect independent haulers.
Perform spot-checks for animals destined to restricted holding facilities or slaughter facilities.
Perform routine inspections of restricted holding facilities.
Perform random-audits of restricted holding facilities.
Perform spot-checks based on entry permits obtained to limit diversion in route.
Educate stakeholders and producers on Washington's livestock and poultry regulations. 3. Surveillance

Conduct surveillance activities at public livestock markets, exhibitions and residential farms/ranches. This includes taking samples from various livestock and poultry to fulfill cooperative agreement work and state surveillance activities.
Perform swine health - garbage feeding surveillance.
Educate stakeholders and producers on Washington's animal surveillance activities. 4. Administration

Complete division general activities to include but not limited to daily timekeeping, payroll timesheets, general email correspondence, rules review, education and outreach and division related training. NOTE:

This position will work in close proximity of livestock. Field activities may take place in inclement weather and unpleasant working conditions. This position typically works Monday thru Friday, 40 hours a week; however, there will be times outside of the typical work week that is required to facilitate testing and investigations. Travel is required and may require overnight stays (State vehicle provided). May need to work holidays and/or weekends to conduct inspections/investigations on short notice.

Preferred candidate should possess the following:
Bachelor's degree in police science, animal science, agriculture, or other related field, which may be substituted for four years of experience, but must have training and experience in conducting investigations and requirements needed to develop a case that satisfies legal requirements.
Ability to conduct investigations which includes detailed case files and report writing.
Incident Command Systems training: ICS 100, ICS 200 and NIMS 700.
Knowledge of livestock and the livestock industry with the ability to handle livestock and poultry in a safe manner.
Valid Washington State Driver's License (or obtain one within 30 days of employment).
Ability to lift objects and material weighing as much as 50 pounds.
Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Supervision experience.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may call Linda Pentt, HR Consultant at (360) 902-1979 or The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-1979 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

Supplemental Information:
Application packets must contain: 1. Letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications 2. Application 3. Three professional and two personal references including names and professional titles, with current email and telephone number. 4. Description of your experience in the following areas: A. Investigative experience; B. Supervising experience. Successfully leading a unit while performing similar work; C. Principles and techniques associated with complete case preparation; and D. Knowledge and experience with livestock.

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