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San Juan, PR


$59,000 - $76,000 Per Year


a month ago


Full Time

Career Level

Mid Level

College Degree

Professional Degree

Agricultural Commodity Grader- Inspector In Charge

The Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division is responsible for developing U.S. grade standards and providing inspection, grading, certification, and audit-based services nationwide on a user-fee basis for fresh and processed fruits and vegetables and related products. In this position, you will serve as an Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of a large volume and/or complex inspection point, processing facility or area office lab, which may involve coordinating the work of other inspection personnel.

  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Determines quality and condition and assigns grades according to pertinent standards and specifications.
  • Grades and inspects a multitude of fruit and vegetable and related products.
  • Discusses inspection needs and review results with applicants.
  • Coordinates a wide variety of inspection functions.
  • Makes determinations on borderline samples.
  • Instructs lower-grade ACGs on a wide range of inspection activities.


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-10 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Grading and/or inspecting fresh and processed fruits, vegetables and related products, including difficult assignments on rare or unusual products. Inspecting products for compliance with all types of contract specifications and recognizes nearly all rare product defects or diseases. Deciding, explaining, or defending nearly all grade and/or inspection determinations. Inspecting or evaluating 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. Planning and coordinating work by setting priorities. Note: There is no education substitution for this 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.