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Compliance Inspector I W&M

Recruitment #24-002928-0001


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a department under Maryland's Executive Branch.  Formed in 1972 by the Maryland General Assembly to address the agriculture needs for the State of Maryland, the Department oversees and serves as a regulatory body for animal health, consumer services to include marketing and lab services, plant and pest management and resource conservation.  As the number one industry in Maryland, the diversity of agriculture programs in the State continues to expand and grow.

The Weights & Measures Program directly benefits all Marylanders by ensuring the fairness of all commercial transactions involving determinations of quantity on everyday commodities.  Currently Weights & Measures program have several career opportunities throughout Maryland where you will learn to conduct inspections and regulate devices used in determining the quantity of commodities as diverse as fuel oil, food products, livestock, grain, and precious metals.  Promotional opportunities to higher levels within the Compliance Inspector classification series.  

We welcome all to apply!  Whether you have experience, education, or a combination of both, start your career with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures Unit.  

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50 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Work will primarily be performed in Calvert, Charles, and Saint Mary’s Counties.  

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of this position is to ensure equity in commercial transactions between buyers and sellers of commodities, goods, and services pursuant to the requirement of Title 11, Agriculture Article Annotated Code of Maryland which is Maryland’s Weights and Measures Law.  

This position is Emergency Essential.


Learns to routinely inspect, and test, and initiate directed enforcement action on common and less complex small, medium, and large capacity scales and to verify compliance with specifications, tolerances, and technical requirements adopted in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44.  Follows prescribed testing procedures in NIST handbook 112 Examination Procedures Outline (EPO), and utilization of device specific technical information from the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Certificate of Conformance (CC).  Follows directed enforcement action in Maryland’s Examination Procedures Outline, and the program’s Field Inspection Staff Work Plan.

Learns to routinely inspect, test, and initiate directed enforcement action on common and less complex small liquid measuring devices, and vehicle tank meters, and to verify compliance with specifications, tolerances, and technical requirements adopted in NIST Handbook 44. 

Learns to routinely inspect, test, and initiate directed enforcement action on random and standard packaging.  Ensures net content and compliances with labeling requirements and method of sale of commodities.  Follows prescribed testing procedures as adopted in NIST Handbook 133 and NIST Handbook 130 in conjunction with the Annotated Code of Maryland Agriculture Title 11 and Maryland COMAR Title 15.

Learns to complete all inspection report forms associated with evaluated inspection activities.  Learns to complete all forms of activities associated with program administrative requirements. 

Learns to perform investigations in response to general consumer complaints and may assist in more complex or specific inquiries that allege incorrect weight or measure or the misuse of devices.

Learns to follow procedures, guidelines, and enforcement actions published in Maryland’s EPO and the Field Inspection Staff Work Plan in regard to directed enforcement action, which encompasses device approval, rejection, condemnation, stop use, random weight packages ordered off sale, and standard packages issued a stop remove order.  Any enforcement action may result in civil action and or criminal action.

Learns to inspect Weights and Measures device registration certificate to ensure information is correct and device type and numbers are accurate.  Follows program procedures for registering businesses and making corrections.  Issues new registration applications as needed. 

Learns to perform inspections as assigned on common and less complex weighing or measuring devices (e.g., linear measuring devices, dry measures, and grain moisture meters).


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

Experience: One year experience in performing inspections or investigations or taking enforcement action to ensure compliance with a set of standards, regulations, or laws.


1. Applicants may substitute fifteen credit hours in physical sciences; chemistry; mathematics; engineering, or law enforcement at an accredited college or university for the required experience.

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.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess any of the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Experience testing of weighing and measuring devices

Experience conducting investigations in response to consumer complaints

Experience enforcing laws and regulations

Experience with using Microsoft 365 (Word and Excel), and Google Mail


Employees in this classification are assigned duties, which require the operation of a motor vehicle and will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator license valid in the State of Maryland.  


Employees in this classification may be assigned to any county or region of the State and may be required to establish residence within their assigned geographic area. This position is Emergency Essential.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.





The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401. All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions. (Postmarks not accepted.) Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

If you are submitting additional information, such as diplomas or 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).

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers 410-841-5842 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.

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