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Recruitment #19-003154-0001




There is only one vacancy. This position will travel to Cecil, Kent, Dorchester and Wicomico Counties (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 and shell egg plants primarily on the Eastern Shore of MD.


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

Communicate with plant management, MDA supervisor and other MDA employees, industry personnel/management, wholesale, retail and food service management, federal supervisors, consumers, concerning regulations, procedures and non-compliances.

Prompt and dependable coverage of assigned shifts.

Successfully complete available training to obtain a USDA license within three months and continued training.


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

Experience:  Six months of experience as an Agricultural Commodity Grader Trainee.


                   One year of experience in a phase of sampling, testing, marketing, grading or inspecting of agricultural products.  


1. Additional qualifying experience as outlined above may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to four years of the required education.  

2. 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 classification. Applicants must list the license number and date of issuance on the application

2. Employees in this classification must obtain the appropriate commodity grader license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, after a period of training, and within three months of appointment.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application 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 eligible (employment) 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, 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 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.


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 you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Hazel Day at 410-841-5840 or

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

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.