Washington State Grain Inspector (Program Specialist 2) in Spokane, Washington


The Washington State Department of Agriculture services the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

Why you should apply: Here is your chance to work in a program that is known for using the most advanced technology in a creative, fast-paced, fun and challenging environment. The WSDA Grain Inspection Program has TWO permanent, full-time opportunities for ambitious individuals to train as Grain Inspectors for our Spokane Office.

Come join an office that values dedication, professionalism, and hard work! As a State Employee, your dedication is rewarded with 11 paid Holidays and outstanding benefits including Life Insurance, Long Term Disability insurance, Health Insurance, and 100% employer-paid Dental.

This is what you'll do: In a training capacity under close supervision you will sample and examine grain and agricultural commodities in all types of weather and environments to include rail cars, containers and ship holds, weigh grain or commodities at mills, shipping points, grain elevators, and operate testing equipment in a laboratory.

This position is an in-training position to a higher level and work various shifts which may include nights and weekends. You will start at the Program Assistant level and work your way through your 12-24 month in-training plan while obtaining necessary inspection licenses. After you successfully complete the in-training plan and pass the federal exams to obtain a wheat inspection license and other inspection licenses, you will advance to a Program Specialist 2 level.

As a Program Specialist 2 you will be using the skills and licenses obtained during training to provide reliable sampling, weighing, inspecting, grading and certification of grain and other agricultural commodities.

Upon hire, the first USDA license will be required within 30 days and will be obtained from the Olympia Federal/State grain office.

NOTE: If you have applied to a previous grain inspector recruitment, you will need to re-apply to this recruitment in order to be considered.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A high school graduate or GED equivalent
  • A valid Washington State driver's license
  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret, and comprehend federal directives, notices, rules and regulation and state policies/procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in both verbal and written communication using various equipment such as telephones, two way radios, and computers
  • Capable of dealing tactfully and effectively with customers and stakeholders
  • Ability to detect odors and other conditions that render grain unfit for human consumption.

Desired Qualification:

  • Bachelor's degree with a major study in agronomy or closely allied field.
  • Previous experience as a Grain Inspector

The successful candidate will get to:

  • Learn to use a variety of inspection tools, equipment and measuring devices.
  • Learn, retain, stay current with, and explain federal and state regulations and processes and procedures within a particular area of inspection.
  • Follow rules and regulations and complete regulatory actions in such a way that the customer perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.
  • Exercise judgment and critical thinking to infer appropriate meaning and form conclusions necessary to resolve problems or issues within existing guidelines or information.
  • Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of co-workers and customers through consistent honesty, integrity, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions.
  • Work in a team, build rapport and demonstrate balance between building rapport and completing assignments.
  • Maintain confidentiality of customers and other sensitive information
  • Exercise their talent for creative problem solving within the confines of the regulated environment.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TWIC card
  • Have a valid Washington State driver's license and reliable personal transportation
  • Climb and work safely and with agility at high levels, to include rail cars and vessels
  • Move around industrial equipment under hazardous conditions
  • Work in outdoor weather conditions and differing indoor conditions
  • Learn federal and state regulations governing inspections
  • Follow written and oral instruction
  • Make arithmetic computations accurately
  • Maintain accurate records and reports
  • Write and communicate both accurately and legibly

Supplemental Information

NOTE: These positions require obtaining a mandatory Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card to have un-escorted assess to secure areas of regulated facilities and vessels. Upon employment a TWIC card will be purchased for you, but you must be able to qualify to receive the credential and maintain eligibility.

For more information about the TWIC card visit the following website: https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic

Final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment. Information received from the background check does not automatically make a candidate ineligible for employment.


1.Complete your careers.wa.gov profile. 2.Click green "Apply" button in upper right hand corner. 3.Complete application and attach:

  • A cover letter that highlights how your education, skills, and abilities match what we are looking for.

Resumes are not required, but can be submitted if desired. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Lisa Biscay, Recruiter, at (360) 902-2020 or jobs@agr.wa.gov. Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2020 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

Salary: $3,044.00 - $3,961.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Agriculture

Job Number: 2018-1749

Closing: 7/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov