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Recruitment #17-003154-0002




There is currently 1 vacancy.  This position will travel to Dorchester and Wicomico countries (mileage reimbursed)

Main Purpose of Job

To provide inspection and certification activities that promote the orderly marketing of agricultural commodities and assure consumer confidence by serving as a relief grader at poultry plants primarily on the Eastern Shore of MD.


Conduct relief grading at egg and poultry plants by evaluating poultry and egg quality, plant sanitation and safety hazards, documenting findings and retaining product or prohibiting processing based on inspection results.


Experience: Six months in the Maryland State classification of Agricultural Commodity Grader Trainee. OR

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a State high school equivalence certificate.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience non-commissioned officer in quality assurance, inspection and grading classification or quality assurance, inspection and grading specialty codes in the agricultural commodity grading field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.     


1. A valid Maryland motor vehicle operator’s license may be required before appointment to some positions in this class. Applicants must list the license number and date of issuance on the application

2. After a period of initial training, employees in this classification must obtain the appropriate commodity grader license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture within three months of their appointment.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, If necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year. 


If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5840.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted)

If applicable, please sent  paper applications to:  Maryland State Agricultural, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

Please read the job announcement in its entirely before applying for this recruitment.  Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

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