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Grain Inspector III

  • Grain Inspector III
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$28,036.00 – $44,476.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,168.00 – $1,854.00
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This is mid-level technical and/or supervisory work in the grain inspection program of the Department of Agriculture.

Job Duties

Assigns grain grades based upon established federal grain inspection standards as specified by the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) and Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) and issues official grain certificates.

Serves as a designated Agency Quality Assurance Specialist (AQAS) for an assigned grain inspection service point; acts as liaison to federal grain inspection agencies.

Performs internal quality control procedures and completes random reinspections.

Trains and provides functional supervision to lower-level Grain Inspectors engaged in grain and/or commodity sampling or grading activities; prepares periodic performance logs and supervision reports.

Examines grain samples for discoloration, infestation, and odor; separates and weighs damaged grain, debris, and foreign material; and computes dockage and enters on work record.

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

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, infestations, and/or other concerning matters.

Prepares grain and/or commodity samples for grading through various technical and analytical methods.

Attends seminars and disseminates revisions to grading standards; prepares and submits monthly reports.

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

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

Conducts periodic safety inspections of grain elevators, looking for hazardous or unclean conditions such as accumulated grain dust and spilled grain; check-tests, maintains, and performs minor repairs on sampling equipment at grain elevators.

Conducts inspections of on-site lab locations to ensure compliance with program directives.

Instructs employees on safety procedures and demonstrates safety equipment.

Receives general 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 experience as a Grain Inspector II with the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.


Five or more years of experience in grain and/or commodity sampling or inspection; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

 (Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of four years of the required experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)

Special Requirements

Ability to obtain FGIS and/or AMA sampling and technician licenses, as well as licenses to grade a minimum of three grains and/or commodities as assigned by management within twelve (12) 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?

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

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

Introductory knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.

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

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

Ability to perform detailed and repetitive work in accordance with exacting standards.

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

Ability to maintain records, perform mathematic calculations, and prepare reports.

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

Ability to train lower-level employees, and to assign and oversee their daily work assignments.

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