Job Overview


Relocation expenses will not be paid.
You will serve as the sole resident grader in a plant or as the grader responsible for a separate shift in a multi-grader plant.  Assignments are performed in poultry processing or packing plants and/or shell egg plants and may involve details and/or reassignments to different geographical areas as determined by management.

**Intermittent Work Schedule: Majority of work will be on an as
needed (intermittent) basis. May work part-time or full-time
occasionally, but no minimum amount of hours are guaranteed.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


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:

  • Acts as officially designated contact and maintains relations with plant management and employees explaining decisions, obtaining corrections in sanitation, processing or storage conditions; explaining grading activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plan activities.
  • May examine product to determine conformance with approved contract specifications such as grade, weight, packaging and packing, and quantity for various types of contracts.  Prepares and issues certificates as required.
  • Monitors the plant and processing operations to assure that the plant remains in compliance with regulations with respect to operating procedures and, in shell egg plants, to assure that facilities and equipment are maintained in sanitary condition.
  • In shell egg plants, assures only approved chemicals, insecticides, and rodenticides are used; the product is labeled only with approved labels; and inedible product is appropriately identified and controlled. 
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records related to work such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issued, and administrative information.
  • Trains and authorizes selected plant personnel to grade according to U.S. standards and monitors their grading/inspection work.

In addition, the following duties pertain specifically to either poultry grading, or shell egg assignments.
Poultry Grading Assignments:
  • Grades whole turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry, and/or other parts, considering such factors as class, fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight, and other conditions.  Applies the official standards and regulations to determine the product's grade base upon grading results.

Shell Egg Assignments:
  • Examines shell eggs for weight, color, soundness, texture of shell, the absence of defects, clarity of yolk outline, and clarity and firmness of albumen.
  • Assures proper cleaning of eggs, proper cartoning and/or packaging of shell eggs and is responsible for the final grade determination in accordance with the official standards and regulations.