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Specialty Crops Contract Auditor

Independent Contractor

Central Valley, CA, USA

The General Contract Auditor is an independent contractor who is responsible for conducting onsite audits of agricultural operations at Where Food Comes From’s client locations in California’s Central Valley.

Roles and Responsibilities:  

  • Must be located within or near the assigned region of California’s Central Valley  

  • 100% travel as the schedule dictates 

  • Auditors will be trained on program requirements and participate in ongoing training, knowledge share 

  • The core verification process includes: coordinating verifications with the office and customer, preparing for onsite verifications, conducting verifications, completing the verification checklist and submitting all relevant information to the Customer Verification Specialist team 

  • Additional assignments may be designated within contract agreement 


Required Skills:  

  • Extensive experience (5+ years) and knowledge of California’s Central Valley agricultural specialty crops including but not limited to almonds, wine grapes, tomatoes, and walnuts 

  • Independent and free of conflict of interest 

  • Fair-minded and able to always maintain an objective approach 

  • Strong critical thinking skills 

  • Excellent organization and attention to detail 

  • Customer-service focused with proven communications and people skills 

  • Strong sense of urgency towards customer service and task management 

  • Strong aptitude for professionalism and confidentiality 

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn proprietary IT systems with hardware, software, and mobile applications  

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural or social sciences OR 15+years professional experience in the same field(s) 


Preferred Skills:  

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, natural or social sciences 

  • Extensive knowledge of specialty crops including trees, vines, etc.  

  • Auditing and/or verification or certification experience preferred 

  • Experience performing regulatory inspections or similar audits 

  • Experience in regulatory environments 

  • Experience working in SalesForce or similar database systems 

  • Additional working knowledge and experience in any of the following categories is a plus and will be weighted heavily in preference: sustainable agriculture audits or certifications, organic, non-GMO, food science crops, and/or feed productions systems 

  • Food safety and quality standards 


Working Conditions:  

  • Independent contract position: pay is based on duration of audit  

  • Remote with 100% travel as the schedule dictates, mostly overnight  

  • Crops, ranches, manufacturing, and processing and packaging facilities 

  • Temperature extremes of high heat or cold, including indoors and outdoors 



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