Grain Sampler in Fargo, ND


Job Description

NDGI’s Train Sampler position entails going out to elevators along the Red River Valley and within 100 mile radius of Fargo. There is generally a crew of 3. The crew consists of a sampler, technician and inspector.

The sampler is on top of railcars the majority of the shift shutting and sealing the railcar lids, while maintaining accurate work records by writing down the railcar ID’s and seal numbers.

The crew meets in the Fargo office and takes a company vehicle out to all sites, therefore getting paid for drive time to and from the sites.

Hours are variable and there is not a limit on the amount of overtime that can be made. Starting base wage is $18.75 per hour; however, any hours worked outside of 7 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday are paid at 1.5x your base rate ($28.13/hour). Hours worked on Saturday are paid at time and a half. Hours worked on Sunday are paid double time ($37.50/hour). So the average pay per hour is $23.77/hr.

We love to promote from within so, this person will also have the option to move up into an inspector’s role very quickly if they were interested in that! Inspectors must be trained on proper procedures with grading grain. This training is done in house and also at an Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) site.

No previous experience is needed! After training is completed, you would need to take tests showing you are qualified to grade that commodity of grain. Inspectors are paid a higher salary so the pay would increase at that point as well! This job is one that has less hours in the summer months and more hours in the winter (harvest) months because of being in the agricultural industry.

So those who budget their money well and save their PTO for the slower time of the year, absolutely love it! It gives them more time in the summer to be able to enjoy the weather and family and friends. Then in the winter months, they have the option to work a lot of hours and bank up their PTO and payrolls to help in those slower months. It can also work great for those who may be retired and aren’t necessarily looking for a lot of hours when that slower season comes around.

We have several retires that just work this position for some extra cash and something to do. Also works fantastic for those who work construction or landscaping jobs during the summer. They do those jobs in the summer, and work hours for us in the winter months. We would love to chat with you to see if this position is the right fit for you!!

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Shut railcar lids (generally 115 railcars per shift)
  • Seal railcar lids to maintain sample integrity
  • Maintain accurate work records with legible handwriting
  • Can move into technician function within a few months which would involve running grain through testing equipment and an increase in pay

Qualifications and Skills

  • Ability to bend/lift over 50 lbs.
  • Be moving through entirety of shift
  • Work 12+ Hour shifts
  • Feel comfortable on top of railcars (with fall protection)
  • Work variable hours and shifts
  • Be able to physically handle working in grain dust environments
  • No experience required, all training is done on job

If you think you may be interested in this position, please take a look at this YouTube video that demonstrates what you would be doing as a sampler:


Benefits are available after 4 months of working. At your 4 month mark, we measure how many hours you worked. If you averaged 130+ hours per month in your first 4 months of employment, you will be eligible for benefits. Benefits include:

  • PTO
  • Holiday Pay
  • BCBS Health Insurance –NDGI contributes to your monthly premium
  • The Standard Insurance for dental, vision, and life
  • Colonial Life supplemental insurance
  • 401k plans available after 1 year with employer contribution

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $23.77 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • On call
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

Application Question(s):

  • Are you willing and able to work outside in different weather conditions?
  • Are you able to work 12+ hours shifts during harvest with little notice in advance?
  • Are you available to work a mixture of day, night and weekend shifts?
  • Are you able to be on your feet a majority of the shift and flip over 50lb lids consistently?


  • Driver’s License (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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