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Grain Inspector V

  • Grain Inspector V
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$41,208.00 – $65,544.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,717.00 – $2,731.00
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This is supervisory and administrative work in the grain inspection program of the Department of Agriculture.

Job Duties

Manages a grain inspection service point with responsibility for the administration of all activities, including quality assurance and compliance with the federal grain inspection standards.

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, conducts employee performance evaluations, and prepares periodic supervision reports.

Participates in developing marketing strategies and annual financial profitability goals for the assigned service point; monitors progress and strives to achieve established goals by efficient and productive utilization of resources.

Trains employees in official grading, sampling, and specialized testing techniques; maintains training records, and administers examinations for licensure as authorized by federal grain inspection agencies.

Provides recommendations on planning, budgeting, and policy development for the grain inspection program.

Serves as the official liaison to federal grain inspection agencies for the assigned service point; maintains official records and documentation; receives and disseminates updates to federal regulations; ensures compliance with federal standards; and may serve as Agency Quality Assurance Specialist (AQAS).

Promotes and represents the services of the grain inspection program to current and potential customers of the assigned service point; answers questions and resolves problems of the grain industry and the general public concerning official grain inspection practices and results.

Supervises and may participate in the preparation and examination of grain and/or commodity samples, assigns grain grades based upon established Federal Grain Inspection Services (FCIS) 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 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 IV with the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.


Nine or more years of experience in grain and/or commodity sampling or inspection, of which two years 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-year 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.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of effective management, supervision, and training.

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 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 and other professionals in the grain trade, and the general public.

Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical employees.

Ability to plan, assign, and schedule the work of professional, technical, and clerical employees to maximize productivity while meeting the requirements of grain company clients.

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

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.

Ability to operate a variety of laboratory equipment, sampling devices, and grading tools such as a grain probe, pelican sampler, or other approved device.

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