AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy
Important Note: This posting is being used to fill multiple
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving
the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation and
advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State,
while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We
work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our
responsibilities - from ensuring food safety to environmental
protection - touch the lives of millions of people locally,
nationally, and abroad.
The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close
to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and
view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.
ABOUT THE POSITION: The Commodity Inspection Division,
Grain Inspection Program, is searching for motivated and
intelligent Grain Samplers/Weighers to join their team in the
Seattle, Washington office.
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. Come join an organization that values
dedication, professionalism, and hard work! While these are
nonpermanent positions, you will be able to gain valuable
experience and make money at the same time.
For more information about the Washington State Department of
Agriculture, visit us at www.agr.wa.gov
- Weighs and/or samples grain and other agricultural commodities
at mills, shipping points, grain elevators and other
- Obtains samples of grain and commodities from railcars, truck
containers and other conveyances for inspection and phytosanitary
- Examines grain and other commodities, records gross and tare
weights and maintains records and documentation of scale conditions
and weighing activities.
- Samples, check weighs, and check loads of shipping containers
for compliance with government contracts.
- Conducts protein and mycotoxin testing on grains and
- Possess a high school, GED or equivalent education from an
- Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and comprehend federal
directives, notices, rules and regulations as well as state
policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both verbally and
in writing using equipment like telephones, two-way radios and
- Ability to work cooperatively in a fast-paced team
- Demonstrated ability to use good judgment, tact, and withstand
stressful situations with an emphasis on excellent customer
- Ability to detect odors and other conditions that render grain
unfit for human consumption.
- Ability to visually examine grain for grading analysis.
- Must have valid driver's license to travel on agency
- Occasional overtime and/or travel may be required.
- Bachelor's degree with major study in agronomy or closely
- Knowledge of state government organization and administrative
procedures, federal and local government functions and office
How to Apply:
You must complete your careers.wa.gov profile and answer the
supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online
application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the
following documents to their profile in order to be considered for
- A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate
and how you meet the specific qualifications for this
- Current resume detailing experience and education
By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all
information is true and correct. The state may verify information.
Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from
the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or
completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at
(855)524- 5627 or email email@example.com.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the
online application, contact the Human Resource Office at (360) 902-
2020 or Recruitment@agr.wa.gov.
Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a
background check including criminal record history will be
conducted. Information from the background check will not
necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in
determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform
in the position.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and
completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All
information may be verified and documentation may be required.
Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of
applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this
recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six
Veteran's Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum
qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a
copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service.
Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social
security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's
Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible,
Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military
spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your
status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your
The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences and we
are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity
employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color,
national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related
medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity,
age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a
disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories,
consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their
application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may
call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first
call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.