State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $31,286.00-$42,622.00 Yearly






An Agricultural Commodity Grader II is the full performance level of agricultural commodity grading work.  Employees in this classification are normally assigned to a specific commodity packing or processing plant and are responsible for grading a limited variety of commodities.  The work involves the sampling, physical inspection, and grade determination of specific products.  For some commodities, the work also involves performing on-site tests or technical analyses of limited complexity.  Employees in this classification make independent grade determinations for specific commodities or related groups of commodities.  Employees perform work assignments that may increase in variety, scope and complexity, as knowledge and experience are gained.  Employees in this classification may supervise lower-level Agricultural Commodity Graders.  

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a higher level Agricultural Commodity Grader or Agricultural Commodity Grading Supervisor.  Work performance is evaluated in terms of accuracy and consistency of grade determinations and the ability to correctly apply technical standards, procedures and regulations.                                            

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work Sections of the class specification.    


Samples, tests, inspects and grades agricultural commodities under general supervision in order to assign proper grade classification;

Interprets and applies the appropriate technical standards for particular commodities graded;

Prepares certificates and reports of findings;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the physical characteristics, basic production processes, processing operations and distribution methods of common varieties of commodities graded;

Ability to understand, interpret and apply technical standards, statutory requirements, regulations and procedures involving grading operations;

Ability to make accurate determinations of proper categorization on the basis of observed physical conditions and/or laboratory tests as compared to established standards;

Ability to prepare certificates and reports;

Ability to follow instructions.


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

Experience:  One year of experience as an Agricultural Commodity Grader I.  


                   Two years of successful, progressively responsible technical experience in a phase of sampling, testing, grading, inspection or marketing 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 class. 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 initial training, and within three months of appointment.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.  

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit C, Regulatory, Inspection and Licensure classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.  

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.  

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and   class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Established

Nov 1 1974 12:00AM

Date Revised

February 16, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003155; EST: 11/1/1974; REV: 2/16/2018;

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