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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Agricultural Operations

Class Series Concept

Positions in this series perform inspections in the field or plant of seed fields, harvest equipment, eggs, fresh fruits and/or vegetables, or eggs. Some positions conduct insect trapping, sorting, sampling, and other related field work in support of plant disease and/or insect detection and control programs.


Performs entry-level inspections in the field or plant of seed fields, harvest equipment, eggs, fresh fruits, and/or vegetables. Acts in a training capacity.

Typical Work

Receives training in proper procedures and methods for conducting seed field inspections of grass, alfalfa, clover, beans, corn, and vegetables to determine compliance with state seed certification and/or phytosanitary regulations. This includes training in plant identification, disease identification, production practices, and seed certification rules;

Receives training in enforcement of state and federal seed laws, which includes supervised visits to seed dealers where examination of container labeling and check sampling is performed; procedure for handling violations and contact with the public is included in this training;

Under close supervision, selects and inspects samples of fresh fruits and/or vegetables as shipping points; inspects for a wide variety of quality factors such as color, blemishes, shape, mechanical damage, and evidence of insect and/or disease; inspects for condition of product as to factors of maturity/firmness/freshness and presence and degree of latent condition defects occurring subsequent to grading and packing; inspects for proper sizing of product, tightness, and/or fill of pack, and correct labeling as required by grade standards;

Under close supervision, issues federal-state certificates, shipping documents, and other clearance documents for domestic and foreign destinations and detailed inspection note sheets of samples inspected; issues notice on non-complying product(s) and takes regulatory actions as necessary

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Some positions require United States Department of Agriculture licensing. Individual positions may have specific skill and competency or minimum requirements.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from high school or GED

Some positions require licensing by the United States Department of Agriculture to inspect commodity to which assigned within 30 days of appointment and a valid driver's license. Some positions require lifting 100 pounds.

Class Specification History

New classes effective: January 1, 2006; Agricultural Inspector 1 (replaces 44150 Egg Inspector 1, 45100 Seed Inspector Trainee, 45600 Horticulture Inspector Trainee).
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 28 increased to 30.


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