Agricultural Commodity Grader - Chicago - job 635515

Department Of Agriculture

Date: 02/22/2021

City: Chicago, Illinois

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




In this position, you will serve as a senior grader at an inspection point, processing facility or area office lab, which may involve coordinating the work of other inspection personnel. You may perform audit verifications on the production and processes at warehouses, railroad sidings, packing plants, ports of entry, primary production operations, farms and similar facilities.

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  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Selects samples from product lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in accordance with prescribed sampling and plans.

  • Inspects products to determine the quality, condition, and/or compliance with U.S. Grade Standards or stated contract specifications.

  • Prepares inspection reports based on examination of product.

  • Draws and examines samples of the finished products of processed fruits and vegetables and determines grade, condition and wholesomeness.

  • Makes observations to determine if plant facilities, operating methods, processing equipment and personnel are in compliance with sanitation requirements and regulations.

  • Coordinates activities, schedules and work assignments for other inspection personnel assigned to the plant.

  • Inspects raw product material to establish the suitability for processing.

  • Conducts various audits and prepares audit reports.

Travel Required

76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1980 Agricultural Commodity Grading

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment medical statement and/or exam.

  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.

  • Prior to an official offer, selectee will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) acknowledging/accepting that geographic mobility is a condition of employment. Failure to sign the MOU will result in withdrawal of the job offer.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Independently grades and/or inspects fresh and processed fruits, vegetables and related products, including difficult assignments on rare or unusual products.

  • Performs the full range of grading and/or inspection tasks involved in directly supplying grading services to producers or members of the trade.

  • Inspects products for compliance with all types of contract specifications and recognizes all but the extremely rare product defects or diseases.

  • Makes, explains, or defends nearly all grade and/or inspection determinations, only rarely requiring technical assistance in borderline cases.

  • Inspects or evaluates complicated processing equipment and procedures, and conditions of storage or transportation, such as is typical of most processed products production, and advises industry employees on product quality control procedures.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree in Agriculture, Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, Business, Science or related field.


2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.


LL.B. or J.D., if related

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.

  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-09 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

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