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Grain Inspector I

  • Grain Inspector I
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$23,976.00 – $38,028.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$999.00 – $1,584.50
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This is entry-level technical work in the grain inspection program of the Department of Agriculture.

Job Duties

Inspects railcars, barges, trucks, containers, and/or other carriers to ensure they are in proper condition for loading grain and/or commodities and are free from leaks, odors, infestation, and/or other concerning matters.

Obtains representative samples of grain and/or commodities (i.e. rice, edible beans, peas, and lentils) utilizing federal grain inspection procedures as specified by the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) and the Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA).

Checkweighs and checkloads grain and/or commodities in accordance with established procedures.

Prepares grain and/or commodity samples for grading through various technical and analytical methods by performing the tests necessary to determine moisture content, test weight, dockage and presence of foreign material.

Performs specialized tests, such as mycotoxin testing, stress crack determination, protein and oil analysis, and/or other required tests or analysis.

Examines grain samples for discoloration, infestation, and odor; separates and weighs damaged grain, debris, and foreign material.

Observes and verifies the weighing of barges and railcars by grain company employees.

Completes sample pan tickets and/or related work records.

Maintains file samples of grain and/or commodities for follow-up testing and disposes when authorized.

Assists with the calibration of grain inspection equipment and maintains a clean work area.

Serves as team lead, in the absence of a higher level Grain Inspector, during on-site sampling detail.

Studies and performs grain-grading techniques and/or commodity functions as required.

Assigns grain grades based upon FGIS standards.

Receives close supervision from a higher-level Grain Inspector or other designated supervisor.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of agricultural related work experience involving farm labor, grain elevators, feed mills, crop production, grain/oil seed processing, or a closely related area; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

(30 or more earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required experience.)

Special Requirements

Ability to obtain FGIS and/or AMA sampling and technician licenses, as well as licenses to grade a minimum of two grains and/or commodities as assigned by management within six (6) months of hire date.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of state and federal laws, policies, rules, and regulations relating to the sampling, inspection, and grading of grain and/or commodities.

Introductory knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations established by the Department of Agriculture.

Ability to operate a variety of sampling  and grain testing devices, and laboratory equipment.

Ability to adapt to and work in an environment that may include factors such as noise, foul air, grain dust, inclement weather, extreme heights, and moving machinery.

Ability to perceive distinctions in grain and/or commodity color and odor.

Ability to maintain records and perform mathematical calculations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, grain businesses, other professionals in the grain trade, and/or the general public.

Ability to serve as team lead during on-site sampling detail.

Ability to work on-call and with varied work schedules including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Ability to climb ladders and work on top of and inside barges, railcars, containers, and trucks.

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