Job Overview



• Do you want to make a difference in helping protect our nation’s food supply?
• Are you interested in safeguarding public health?
• Does working in meat and poultry industry interest you? 

**Important Information about this Open Continuous Announcement**

The Open Period of this announcement has been updated (opening and closing dates have been changed).  If you have already applied to this announcement, you do not need to reapply at this time

This is an open continuous announcement which will be used to collect applications from applicants and will be used to fill vacancies as they become available.  

We are not able to predict if or when vacancies will be filled in specific geographic areas.  You will be contacted when a position matching your geographic preference becomes available and you are among the best qualified applicants being considered for a position.  Although you may select up to five (5) geographic codes, you will not be referred for multiple locations simultaneously.  Continue to monitor the list of available geographic areas as they may be updated at any time: List of Current Available Locations (Geographic Codes)    

Our mission is to protect public health by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

As a Food Inspector you will be providing the first line of defense by ensuring that regulated meat*, poultry and egg product establishments produce safe products by executing appropriate inspection methods in privately-owned meat or poultry slaughter and processing plants.  Food Inspectors ensure that the product is fit for human consumption in compliance with Federal laws governing the wholesomeness and purity of meat and poultry products.   

This position is appropriate for new or mid-career professionals seeking to start their career with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.  However, many career paths are possible.  The majority of our Inspectors are eventually promoted into positions that inspect processed meat and poultry products including frozen dinners, canned goods, and cured and smoked products.  In processing plants an Inspector reviews, verifies and monitors plant operations and records, and determines compliance with regulations. If you are also interested in Intermittent (temporary, on call) opportunities, please click on the following link: Intermittent Job Vacancy Announcement.

*The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008", also referred to as the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008.  The Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include catfish as an amenable species under the Act.


Major Duties:

Entry-level positions filled through this announcement generally work in slaughter plants.  As a Food Inspector examining food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants, you are a valued member of a dynamic team that ensures the product is fit to eat and compliant with Federal laws.  Inspection is performed before and after slaughter to guarantee the product is not contaminated and sanitation procedures are maintained. Overtime/rotating shift work may be required.

To view examples of the types of work performed, please click on: Inside Look