1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Food Inspector - Intermittent

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FI/INT-268593-09R

SALARY RANGE:

$15.15 to $24.40 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1863-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Albertville, AL View Map
Ashland, AL View Map
Athens, AL View Map
Baker Hill, AL View Map
Blountsville, AL View Map
More Locations  (299)

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

* PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH FOOD SAFETY AND DEFENSE *

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. 

FSIS is the public health regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our mission is to protect consumers 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.

This is an Intermittent Food Inspector job, you need to know the following:

  • The work schedule, hours and shifts for this position varies.  You must be available to be work, as needed, depending on the staffing needs of the Agency.
  • You must be available for all shifts and able to regularly report for duty within a reasonable time after receiving a request (by phone) to report for work.
  • You will provide coverage for in-plant positions within a specified geographic area or plant.  
  • The number of hours you may work are limited to 1,280 hours in a service year. 
  • This position is an Excepted Service appointment and does NOT provide benefits.
  • This is an open continuous job announcement. 

We are not able to predict if or when vacancies will be filled in specific geographic areas.  You may select up to five (5) geographic location codes.  You will not be referred for multiple locations simultaneously. Intermittent On Call - 268593 

You may also apply to our other Food Inspector job announcements by clicking on this link: Careers in FSIS

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Specialized experience or education (see Qualifications/Evaluations)
  • Detailed resume and supporting documents
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (see Benefits & Other Info)
  • Occupational questionnaire completion (see How to Apply)
  • Background suitability investigation and fingerprints

DUTIES:

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Entry-level Food Inspector positions filled through this job announcement generally work in slaughter plants. Our Food Inspectors:

        • Examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants
        • Perform their duties before and after slaughter, guaranteeing that the product is not contaminated
        • Maintain sanitation procedures
        • Are a valued member of a dynamic team that ensures the product is fit to eat and compliant with Federal laws
Food Inspectors and Consumer Safety Inspectors (slaughter) are involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry and post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry.  This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly.  Workstations and walkway can be extremely narrow and slippery.  Excellent stability and balance is required.  Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks.  Various environmental conditions, ranging from sub-freezing temperatures to frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees are common, with extreme humidity.  Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists.  Red meat viscera inspection requires palpitation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives.  Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of abnormalities that make a product unfit for human consumption.  To view examples of the types of work performed, please click on: Inside Look


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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An applicant may meet the GS-5 basic qualifications in one of two ways:

1.  Specialized Work Experience or

2.  Education

      If qualifying based on Specialized Work Experience, you must:

  • Have the equivalent of at least one year of full-time Specialized Work Experience that was obtained after your 16th birthday.
  • Provide specific examples of qualifying knowledge, judgment, interpretive ability and technical skills related to a finished product.
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         Examples of Specialized Work Experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • Processing food in a slaughter, processing or manufacturing plant, or a comparable production activity which prepares food, beverages or pharmaceuticals for human consumption.
  • Meat cutter/butcher in a wholesale or retail meat/poultry business that includes a full range of responsible duties such as sanitation, product judgment, determinations, and/or using formulas and recipes. 
  • Performing Quality Control tests and/or laboratory tests in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical or pet food industry or other similar environments, assuring that standards are met with products that are consumed by humans or animals.
  • Managing or supervising staff in the food or livestock industry demonstrating effective skills in communicating job requirements, evaluating employees' results of work methods or processes, interpreting standards or instructions and budget or payroll responsibilities.
  • Commercial restaurant or kitchen chef or cook responsible for proper food preparation, safe food handling and sanitation practices and judgment recognizing abnormalities in food.
  • Veterinary Technician conducting lab tests, assessing animals and/or partial examination of animals, performing necropsies, monitoring animals under anesthesia and administering medications.
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        If qualifying based on Education, you must:

    • Have earned a Bachelor's degree or completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.    
    • Degree courses MUST include 12 semester or 18 quarter hours in the biological, mathematical, physical or agricultural sciences.    

    If you have not completed your degree, but are within 9 months of graduating, you may apply. All qualifications based on education will be verified.  You must a submit a copy of your official transcripts when you applyFailure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.  If you are selected for a position with our Agency, you will be required to have official transcripts sent directly from your college, to our Human Resources Office prior to reporting for duty.  If you are selected for a position, official transcripts must be sent directly from your college, in paper form in a sealed envelope or in a secure, certified official electronic format to our Minneapolis Human Resources Office.   

    GS-7 basic qualifications:

    To qualify for the GS-7, you must have one year of full-time specialized experience.  Specialized experience is regulatory food inspection work which involved either ante- and post- mortem inspection of red meat animals, poultry, fish, or seafood; or inspection of production of processed products involving red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or egg productsIf you do not have this type of specialized work experience, you will not be considered at the GS-7 level. 

     


     

    Medical Requirements 

    The duties of a Food Inspector are performed in a hazardous working environment.  The below requirements are not an all inclusive list. Applicants must:

    • Be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves and others 
    • Have full range of motion to perform rapid repetitive twisting and working with arms above shoulder level
    • Be able to stand and walk on slippery and uneven floors and catwalks, and climbing stairs and ladders
    • Be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 44 pounds
    • Have manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms, hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands
    • Must be free of chronic eye disease
    • Have good near and distance vision
    • Have the ability to distinguish shades of color. (Any significant degree of color blindness (25 percent or more error rate on approved color plate test) is disqualifying).
    • The ability to hear and understand conversational voice.

    This position requires a successful passing of a pre-employment physical.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    After completing the online occupational questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire you will automatically be assigned an initial self-assessed rating based on your answers.  Since this is an open continuous job announcement, the Human Resources Office will not evaluate your application immediately.  Your resume should include detailed, specific information.  You will be evaluated on your relevant education, work experience and training as it relates to the fundamental competencies (communication, decision making, flexibility, self management and conscientiousness), required for this  job.  

     

     Basis of Rating:

      • Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures.  Rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  Ratings will be based on an evaluation tool tied to specific competencies relevant to this position. 
      • Veterans' Preference eligible's will receive rating and selection priority over non-preference eligible candidates.  Veterans who provide proof of a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed above the other applicants.
      • All requirements for this position must be met, including a complete application package that supports your answers to the occupational questionnaire.  You are strongly encouraged to ensure that your work history thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position. 
      • If the Human Resources Office is not able to verify specialized experience based on what you provide you may miss consideration for one or more vacancies. 
      • The Human Resources Office will not conduct up front reviews and will not request missing documentation.
        • If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education or that your application is incomplete, you may be assigned an "ineligible" rating. 


    BENEFITS:

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    This Food Inspector position is an Excepted Service appointment and does NOT provide benefits.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Veterans’ Preference: To receive preference, you must provide documentation (such as a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, Member 4 copy is preferred, or if you have not yet received your DD-214, you may submit other written documentation from the armed forces certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the documentation was signed.  Prior to appointment, applicants must provide a copy of their DD-214, that includes beginning and ending dates of service and character of discharge.  Applicants claiming 10-point preference, must submit a signed Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and must also submit a copy of the required supporting documentation (such as an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that you have a service-connected disability, other acceptable documents are listed on the SF-15).  For additional information:  Feds Hire Vets

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See Selective Service

    Background Investigation:  Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and granting of a federal suitability or security clearance.

      • The U.S. Department of Agriculture participate in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary,the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  What is E-Verify?  Why is it required? 

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). The ICTAP and CTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest score on the best qualified list. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must submit  a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent) and one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) noting current position (or position at separation), grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Please click here for additional information on CTAP/ICTAP: Employee's Guide to Career Transition



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    You will be allowed to complete the online assessment questionnaire and application process only ONCE in a 12 month period.  Your application is valid through the closing date of the announcement unless otherwise notified. To begin the application process, please follow the steps below: 

    • Carefully read and review this complete Job Announcement.
  • Apply online at www.FoodSafetyJobs.gov click on the "Food Inspector Online Application Process" section.
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  • Submit your resume online.  Your resume should include:  Details of your work experience relevant to this position including your duties and responsibilities, dates (month/year) and hours worked per week for each position; College degrees earned; the Job Announcement Number; the position and grade level you are applying for; and your full name, complete mailing address, day/evening telephone numbers and current email address.  You may submit your resume by fax or mail if you do not have Internet access.
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  • Complete the online Application and occupational questionnaire.  Read the step-by-step instructions as a guide to completing the assessment questionnaire carefully to ensure accuracy before clicking “Submit”. 
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    If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete online application and the assessment questionnaire.  If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions. 

    • Submit supporting documents:

           -  TRANSCRIPTS:  If your are qualifying for this position based on your education, you must submit a copy of official transcripts when you applyFailure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.  If you are selected for a position with our Agency, you will be required to have official transcripts sent directly from your college, to our Human Resources Office prior to reporting for duty.  If you are selected for a position, official transcripts must be sent directly from your college, in paper form in a sealed envelope or in a secure, certified official electronic format to our Minneapolis Human Resources Office. 

          -   VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  DD-214 (Member 4 copy), signed SF-15 and the VA letter verifying your disability rating.  Failure to submit these documents will result in you not receiving preference for this job announcement.   For further information see Feds Hire Vets.

          -   SF-50:  If you are or have been a Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent Form SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

    Alternative Methods for Applying:  If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to:  612-370-2060. 

     



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

      • Resume
      • Assessment Questionnaire 
      • Veterans' Preference documentation (if applicable)

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Systems Section
    Phone: (800)370-3747
    Fax: (612)370-2060
    TDD: 800-877-8339
    Email: FOODINSPECTORAPPS@FSIS.USDA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    FSIS Human Resources Office
    Butler Square West 4th Floor
    100 North Sixth Street
    Minneapolis, MN
    55403-1564
    USA
    Fax: (612)370-2060

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once your application and occupational questionnaire are submitted online, you will receive an acknowledgement email verifying that your submission was successfully received.  The automated staffing system will automatically assign an initial self-assessed rating based on the answers you provided in the occupational questionnaire.  Since this is an open continuous job announcement, the Human Resources Office will not evaluate your application package immediately.  Your resume, relevant education, work experience and supporting documents will be carefully reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. CHECK YOUR APPLICATION STATUS:  You should monitor your application status by viewing the "MY ACCOUNT" tab at USAJobs.  From your account page, click on "Application Status" and you may view the latest information update.  This status is updated ONLY when new information is available.  

    Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations:
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    Job Announcement Number:

    FI/INT-268593-09R

    Control Number:

    331796400