Grain Warehouse Examiner

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Job Title: Grain Warehouse Examiner
Location: Spokane, WA, West United States, USA
Company: Washington State Department of Agriculture
Industry Sector: Government/Industry Groups
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Merchandiser/Trader/Broker
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: 2

Job Description:
AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.
The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.
Special Note on COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement: Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation on August 9, 2021 (Download PDF reader) all employees who work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th 2021. Proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 must be shown to WSDA’s human resource office prior to employment.

ABOUT THE POSITION: Warehouse Audit, a program within the Commodity Inspection Division of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, licenses and regulates public grain storage warehouse operators and grain dealers for the protection of
producers and depositors. WSDA conducts routine audits to determine if these licensees are in compliance with state laws.
Reporting directly to the Grain Warehouse Examiner-Senior this position plans and performs detailed examination of public warehouses and grain dealers that receive, store, condition, ship, and/or buy commodities. The Grain Warehouse Examiner will determine if they can adequately cover storage and contractual obligations for that commodity per the requirements of Chapter 22.09 RCW, Agricultural Commodities, and Chapter 16-23 7 WAC, Commodity Storage Warehouses and Grain Dealers, for the protection of producers and depositors.
This position requires extensive travel.  Most travel is same day but there are multiple times per year where overnight stays are required.
For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at


  • Performs a physical inventory of commodities stored in steel tanks, cribbed bins, ground piles and/or flat houses; determines the amount of commodity in that storage unit within a 1% tolerance of that commodity and examine the commodity for insects, contamination and moisture. 
  • Identifies problems to include but not limited to: facility food security, cleanliness of warehouses, out-of-condition commodities and issues with a notice of correction.
  • Audits of company records; including consisting of extensive examination of storage and contractual accounts and outstanding and unused warehouse receipts. 
  • Verifies commodities received from scale tickets, purchase reports and cancelled checks to ensure proper accounts from scale tickets, purchase reports and cancelled checks to ensure proper accounts have been credited, and that charges for receiving storage, processing and load-out charges are applied equally per the filed tariff.
  • Verifies that commodities in store are fully insured; confirms current market value and total amount of filed stock insurance provides adequate coverage.
  • Performs special year-end inventory to assist the company’s accountant with on-site inventory evaluation for the company’s financial statement. 
  • Assist in the continual development of procedures and policies of the WHA program by way of recommendations and suggestions. 
  • Assists in the annual statewide Karnal Bunt Survey, a specialty survey within WSDA. 
  • 50% Travel
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Qualifications Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, business administration, agricultural economics, or related field with additional credits of accounting courses.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Ability to meet working conditions upon hire date.
  • Note: Work includes exposure to chemical fumigants, must be capable of working at heights exceeding 100 feet. 

  • Two years of accounting work experience with exposure to audit functions. 
  • Prior commodity warehousing experience.


Supplemental Information

How to Apply:
Please click Apply to this Positoin. You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.
  • Current resume detailing experience and education
By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524- 5627 or email
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at
Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months. 
Veteran's Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.
Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your service!
The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.
To apply please click on APPLY TO THIS POSITION
Job Post Date: 11/22/21
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