State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $31,286.00-$37,692.00 Yearly






An Agricultural Commodity Grader Trainee is the entry level of agricultural commodity grading work involving the conduct of sampling and grading activities of limited technical complexity and variety.  Employees in this classification receive formal and/or on-the-job training in the technical standards and grading techniques used to determine the applicable grade classification as it relates to quality and condition of various agricultural commodities.  Employees will perform routine sampling and grading activities independently, as knowledge and experience is gained.  Satisfactory progression will also include experience in the application of a wider variety of standards and familiarity with a wider variety of commodities.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.          

Employees in this class receive close supervision from higher level Agricultural Commodity Graders or Agricultural Commodity Grading Supervisors.                        

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.  


Receives on-the-job training in a phase of the various agricultural commodity grading programs;

Assists a higher level Agricultural Commodity Grader in sampling and/or grading various agricultural commodities;

Samples, tests, inspects and grade agricultural commodities under supervision;

Performs other related duties.


Ability to learn, understand and apply a variety of technical standards, procedures and simple skills;

Ability to perceive slight differences in physical characteristics such as size, shape, color, texture of consistency;

Ability to make accurate determinations of proper categorization based on comparison of observed physical characteristics to established standards;

Ability to prepare certificates or reports;

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others;

Ability to follow instructions.


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

Note: Applicants may substitute experience in a phase of sampling, testing, grading, inspection or marketing of agricultural products on a year for year basis for up to four years of the required education.


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 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: 003157; EST: 11/1/1974; REV: 2/16/2018;

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