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Grain Inspector IV

  • Grain Inspector IV
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is senior-level technical and supervisory work in the grain inspection program of the Department of Agriculture.

Job Duties

Supervises, plans, assigns, schedules, reviews, and evaluates the work of lower-level Grain Inspectors and on-call employees engaged in grain and/or commodity sampling, or grading activities; maintains employee performance logs and prepares periodic supervision reports.

Manages a grain inspection service point; promotes and represents the services of the grain inspection program to current and potential customers; and serves as liaison to federal grain inspection agencies.

Makes recommendations to management on planning, budgeting, and policy development for the grain inspection program.

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

Trains lower-level Grain Inspectors in official grading techniques and maintains training records; reviews internal quality control procedures and orders random reinspections; attends seminars and disseminates revisions to grading standards; and prepares and submits monthly reports to management.

Makes recommendations on selection and assignment of employees, changes in work procedures, and equipment improvements.

Answers questions and resolves problems of the grain industry and the general public concerning official grain inspection practices and results.

Prepares and examines grain and/or commodity samples, assigns grain grades based upon established Federal Grain Inspection Services (FGIS) and/or Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) standards, and issues official grain certificates.

Exercises independent judgment and a high degree of initiative in the performance of duties; receives general administrative direction 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.)

Two or more years of experience as a Grain Inspector III with the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.


Seven or more years of experience in grain and/or commodity sampling or inspection, of which one year must have been as a supervisor; 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–basis for a maximum of four years of the required general experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)

(24 or more earned graduate credit hours in Agriculture or Business Administration may substitute for one additional year of the required general experience.)

Special Requirements

Ability to obtain FGIS and/or AMA sampling and technician licenses, as well as licenses to grade a minimum of four 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.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.

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 communicate effectively and to prepare and maintain detailed records and reports.

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

Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate lower-level employees.

Ability to work on-call 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.

Ability to plan, assign, and schedule the work of lower-level and on-call employees in accordance with the fluctuating requirements of grain company clients.

Ability to interpret and apply policies, rules, regulations, and laws.

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