Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry)

Department Of Agriculture Middletown , PA 17057

Posted 3 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Livestock & Poultry (LP) program is responsible for formulating and administering policies for marketing services and regulatory activities related to commodity grading and certification for meat, eggs and poultry.

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  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

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

  • Designated contact with plant management to coordinate the grading/inspection activities.

  • Examine product to determine adherence with contracts, such as grade, weight, packing and quantity.

  • Prepares and maintains a variety of reports related to production data and grading results.

  • Trains selected plant personnel to grade according to U.S. standards.

  • Grades different types of poultry and eggs, by applying official standards and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    1980 Agricultural Commodity Grading

  • Requirements

Help 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 E-Verify at

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

  • 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.

  • Commodity grading work requires periods of physical exertion to lift and move boxes and cartons of product often weighing over 50 pounds; prolonged periods of standing, walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.

  • Physical coordination and finger dexterity in at least one hand for poultry grading assignments and two hands for shell egg assignments to perform digital examinations of eggs.

  • Ability to detect abnormalities in the commodity through normal or corrected vision in at least one eye for distance, depth perception, and color.

  • The ability to assure safety in a highly mechanized noisy environment through adequate or correctable hearing, and the ability to determine product qualities through smell.

  • The work environment is in a poultry or shell eggplant and involves moderate discomforts and risks such as the cold temperatures and freezer storage areas, the presence of processing equipment, moving carts and forklifts, and wet slippery floors.


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

FOR THE GS-05 LEVEL: Applicants must have three years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service (equivalent to the GS-04 level) (experience may have been obtained in private or public sectors), that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Analyze problems, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions. Experience must provide evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • General clerical experience (typing, filing, routine processing, or other non-specialized repetitive tasks) is not creditable.

OR Applicants must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study, from an accredited college or university, leading to a bachelor's degree.

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level that demonstrates:

  • Experience gained in production, quality control, inspection (if such experience involves quality determination), research or receiving of agricultural commodities using an applicable grading standard. Experience may have been gained in chain stores, military, or manufacturing.

OR One full year of graduate level education in Agriculture, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Business, Economics or a related field;

OR Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement

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.

  • You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.

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

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-05/07 GRADE LEVELS: 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. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

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.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

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Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry)

Department Of Agriculture