Program Specialist 2 in-training (Grain Inspectors)
State of Washington - Washington

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) was established in 1913 making this our 100th year of supporting the agricultural industry.

The Grain Inspection Program provides sampling, weighing, quality testing, grade inspection and phytosanitary services for grains and commodities following USDA and WSDA regulations. These services are available to the grain and commodity trade, end users, and other interested parties on request, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by contacting grain inspection program offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Kalama, Longview, Vancouver, Pasco, Spokane or Colfax.

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Interested? WSDA is currently seeking applicants to fill future in-training permanent positions for our Kalama/Longview, Seattle and Tacoma offices. We encourage you to apply and join our diverse and dedicated team.

NOTE: Those who applied and passed the exam in February/March 2012 and October 2013 do not need to reapply, however you must send an email to Linda Pentt advising of your interest in working in the office covered under this recruitment at

These positions will work various shifts and depending upon assigned location, will primarily work a shift other than Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shifts vary to include working weekends and nights (usually 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.) and will likely become your permanent shift for an extended period.

These positions are in-training positions. They will start the Program Assistant level (Range 32, $2,212 - $2,855 per month). After successfully completing the training and passing the federal exam to obtain a wheat inspection license and depending on the geographic location, licenses to inspect other grain and agricultural commodities, will advance to a Program Specialist 2 (Range 41, $2,724.00 - $3,631.00 per month)


In a training capacity, sample and examine grain and agricultural commodities under close supervision, to include railcars, containers and ship holds, weigh grain or commodities at mills, shipping points, grain elevators and other locations and operate testing equipment in laboratory. Upon successful completion of this training plan, moves into the Program Specialist 2 position which inspects, grades and certifies grain and other agricultural commodities. May supervise and/or train other employees. The first USDA/FGIS license will be required within two weeks following appointment to this class and will be obtained from the Olympia Federal grain Office once hired.

These positions require obtaining a mandatory Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card to have un-escoreted assess to secure areas of regulated facilities and vessels. Upon employment a TWIC card will be purchased for you, but you must be able to qualify to receive the credential.


Graduation from High School or GED.

If you enjoy:
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to independently multi-task
  • Working in a fast-paced environment
  • Being friendly and approachable
  • Knowledge and researching solutions to problems
Then you are an ideal candidate for this position.

WSDA trainers will help you to become successful in:
  • Performing basic math calculations by hand and using a calculator
  • Accurately input data into a computer, navigate a database, and use email and Internet programs
  • Use a variety of inspection tools, equipment and measuring devices
  • Documenting results clearly written and electron form to maintain accurate and complete records
  • Actively listen and demonstrate effective verbal and clear written communication skills, using language that is appropriate to the audience
  • Learn, retain, stay current with, and explain state and federal regulations and processes and procedures within a particular area of inspection
  • Follow rules and regulations and complete regulatory actions in such a way that the customer perceives as fair, objective and reasonable
  • Exercise judgment and critical thinking to infer appropriate meaning and form conclusions necessary to resolve problems or issues within existing guidelines or information
  • Ability to climb on railcars and inspect vessel holds.
The successful candidate will possess the following qualities:
  • Use effective communication skills that promote non-defensive, diplomatic techniques
  • Earn the trust, respect and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, integrity, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions
  • Work in a team, build rapport and demonstrate balance between building rapport and completing assignments
  • Maintain confidentiality of customers and other sensitive information
  • Have talent for creative problem solving.
  • Obtain a TWIC card, if working at an export location
  • Have a valid Washington State driver's license and reliable personal transportation
  • Climb and work safely and with agility at high levels, to include railcars and vessels
  • Move around equipment under hazardous conditions
  • Work in outdoor weather conditions and differing indoor conditions
  • Learn State and federal regulations governing sampling/weighing
  • Make arithmetic computations accurately
  • Follow written and oral instruction
  • Maintain accurate records and reports
  • Carry up to 100 lbs of samples
  • Write and communicate both accurately and legibly
This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay regular union dues or non-association fees (due to religious tenets) within 30 calendar days following appointment.

Supplemental Information:

There will be a performance examination prior to employment. The examination for all candidates will consist of an odor-detection and a written test. Must pass both exams to be placed on a certified list for possible employment. More information about the examination procedure will be provided to you in writing prior to testing.

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-1979 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

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