Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA)
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Association of Official Seed Analysts
Seed Regulatory Supervisor
Job Summary

This position ensures that the Minnesota Seed Law and the Federal Seed Act are enforced thereby protecting farmers, gardeners, and all stakeholders that purchase seed in Minnesota. This position is responsible for the planning, direction, management, technical support, and evaluation of the Seed Regulatory Program so that purchasers of seed have protection from mislabeled or unfit products, the seed industry receives fair trade practices regulation, and to assist Plant Protection Division management in achieving the goals. This position is located in St. Paul and may have the option to telework part-time.
Minimum Qualifications
  • To facilitate proper years of service crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in one of the related sciences such as Botany or Plant Biology, Plant Genetics, Seed Science, Agronomy, or other closely related field.
  • Two years experience in seed regulatory programs, seed testing, or the seed industry implementing regulations and rules related to seed.
  • Prior experience as a supervisor, lead worker or project lead in an agricultural program. Completion of a State leadership development program, such as Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) or Senior Leadership Institute (SLI) would also qualify.
  • Knowledge of the state and federal seed and screenings laws.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills to guide clients and stakeholders regarding regulations and enforcement.
  • Excellent managerial and human relations skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to spend up 25% of time engaged in overnight travel in support of work-related duties. Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.
  • The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in one of the related sciences such as Botany or Plant Biology, Plant Genetics, Seed Science, Agronomy, or other closely related fields.
  • Three or more years experience in seed regulatory programs, seed testing, or the seed industry implementing regulations and rules related to seed.
  • Previous supervisor experience in an agricultural field.
  • Experience with regulatory processes including inspection, enforcement, and education related to compliance with state and federal seed laws.
  • Demonstrated success as a leader that facilitates a team's success.
  • Knowledge of genetically engineered agricultural organisms.
Additional Requirements

A job offer will be contingent upon successfully passing a background check. It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as part of its hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for positions within the agency. The background check may consist of the following components:
  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only)
  • Employment Reference Check
  • Driver's License Check
  • Conflict of Interest Review
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.
Why Work For Us

The Seed Regulatory Program in Minnesota provides oversight of a diverse seed industry where all types of agricultural, vegetable, native grasses and forbs, and turf grasses are inspected. The program protects consumers purchasing seed and also maintains a fair marketplace protecting all parties in the seed supply chain by determining whether the labeled information is accurate. Everything in agriculture starts with seed. So this program is vital to the agricultural economy and to restoration on natural lands in Minnesota.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.
How to Apply

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The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need

Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA)
8918 W 21st St. N.
Suite 200, #246
Wichita, KS 67205
(202) 870-2412

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