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Abolished Date: 2013-02-15


Weighs, samples and examines grain and agricultural commodities at mills, shipping points, grain elevators and other locations and under supervision, operates testing equipment in laboratory.

Typical Work

Works with hopper, platform, dial, and electronic scales to determine weights and make necessary adjustments as needed, records gross and tare weights, computes net weights and issues Domestic Official Weight Certificates; 

Using prescribed equipment, draws samples of grain or commodities from rail cars, trucks, barges, ships and other containers; 

Examines samples at time of sampling for foreign matter, objectionable odors, uniformity of grain type and other conditions as applicable and notes such conditions found on sample ticket; 

Operates special grain inspection equipment to determine dockage, moisture, test weight per bushel, and/or other mechanical determinations as required; under close supervision, operates "falling numbers" machine and infrared reflectance analyzer; 

Works in railroad yards and other hazardous areas, opening and closing container doors, recording on sample ticket container condition, identification, seal numbers applied, and other required information; supervises grain samplers' activities as needed; 

Samples, checkweighs, checkloads, and/or inspects agricultural products, shipping containers for compliance with government contracts; 

Checks ships' holds to determine fitness for grain cargo and other commodities, recommends needed corrective measures to ships' officers or agents; issues ship sanitation certificates in compliance with State and federal regulations; 

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  United States Department of Agriculture and State of Washington regulations; arithmetic; functions of various scales and testing equipment. 

Ability to: climb and work safely and with agility at high levels, around moving equipment under extra‑hazardous conditions, and often in very high temperatures; learn State and federal regulations governing sampling and weighing; make arithmetic computations accurately; follow written and oral instructions; keep records, complete report forms; utilize acute color and odor perception; carry up to one hundred pounds of samples; write accurately and legibly.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year of experience as a Grain Sampler.


Equivalent education/experience. 

Note: Must meet license requirements of USDA/FGIS for the functions of this class.

Class Specification History

New Class Effective August 27, 1976
Revised minimum qualifications June 9, 1978
New class code: (formerly 45250) effective July 1, 2007

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