State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $34,858.00-$54,732.00 Yearly






An Agricultural Commodity Grader Senior is the proficient level of agricultural commodity grading work involving the conduct of sampling, testing and grading activities for several different agricultural commodities.  Employees in this classification either conduct a comprehensive grading program involving several commodities in one or more assigned packing or processing plants or are assigned to provide grading services for a variety of commodities on a fee basis.  The work involves interpreting, explaining and applying a variety of technical standards and determining appropriate grade classifications based on comparison of observed conditions and/or test results to established federal/state or company standards.  Employees in this classification perform more complex grade determinations based on experience and subjective analysis as well as objective comparison to standards.  Employees in this classification resolve differences of opinion regarding grade determination and carry out a variety of grading programs with a minimum of supervision. Employees in this class may supervise a group of lower- level Agricultural Commodity Graders. 

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from the Section Chief or from Agricultural Commodity Grading Supervisors.  Work performance is primarily evaluated on the basis of the accuracy and consistency of grading services performed.             

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.


Selects and draws samples of commodities to be graded;

Performs visual grading and/or standard tests to determine specific characteristics of sampled commodities;

Compares observed characteristics and/or test results with established federal/State standards and/or company specifications;

Interprets technical standards, rules and regulations concerning grade determination, grading procedures and commodity characteristics;

Determines appropriate grade classification of commodities sampled;

Prepares grade certificates and reports of findings;

Interprets and explains grading techniques, standards and requirements to owners, shippers, buyers, sellers or other interested persons;

Resolves differences of opinion regarding grade determination;

May supervise, train and/or review the work of lower-level Agricultural Commodity Graders;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the expert grade standards, methods of distinction among grades and the methods, techniques and tests used in the grading process for agricultural commodities;

Ability to understand, interpret and explain technical standards, rules and regulations applicable to the grading of agricultural commodities;

Ability to express ideas clearly;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;

Ability to supervise the work of lower-level Agricultural Commodity Graders;

Ability to make effective recommendations consistent with program priorities.


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

Experience: Five years of experience in the grading of three or more agricultural commodities.  At least two years of which must have been as a licensed Agricultural Commodity Grader in a federal program.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience as outlined above 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 as a 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 dare of issuance on the application.

2. Employees in this classification must obtain the appropriate commodity grader licenses issued by the United States Department of Agriculture 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.

Date Revised

February 16, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003160; EST: ; REV: 2/16/2018;

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