Job Overview

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. 

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

Duties

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

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • Albertville, AL
    • Ashland, AL
    • Athens, AL
    • Baker Hill, AL
    • Blountsville, AL
    • Boaz, AL
    • Decatur, AL
    • Dothan, AL
    • Enterprise, AL
    • Gadsden, AL
    • Jack, AL
    • Montgomery, AL
    • Russellville, AL
    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • Union Springs, AL
    • Arkadelphia, AR
    • Batesville, AR
    • Clinton, AR
    • Danville, AR
    • Dardanelle, AR
    • De Queen, AR
    • Decatur, AR
    • El Dorado, AR
    • Grannis, AR
    • Green Forest, AR
    • Hope, AR
    • Huntsville, AR
    • Nashville, AR
    • Ozark, AR
    • Pine Bluff, AR
    • Siloam Springs, AR
    • Springdale, AR
    • Waldron, AR
    • Tolleson, AZ
    • Brawley, CA
    • Chino, CA
    • Fresno, CA
    • Livingston, CA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Modesto, CA
    • Petaluma, CA
    • Pico Rivera, CA
    • Sanger, CA
    • Selma, CA
    • Stockton, CA
    • Turlock, CA
    • Colorado Springs, CO
    • Durango, CO
    • Fort Morgan, CO
    • Greeley, CO
    • Georgetown, DE
    • Harbeson, DE
    • Milford, DE
    • Millsboro, DE
    • Selbyville, DE
    • Alachua, FL
    • Center Hill, FL
    • Live Oak, FL
    • Miami, FL
    • Wimauma, FL
    • Athens, GA
    • Augusta, GA
    • Bethlehem, GA
    • Buena Vista, GA
    • Camilla, GA
    • Canton, GA
    • Carrollton, GA
    • Cartersville, GA
    • Cornelia, GA
    • Cumming, GA
    • Dalton, GA
    • Douglas, GA
    • Ellijay, GA
    • Gainesville, GA
    • Macon, GA
    • Marietta, GA
    • Moultrie, GA
    • Murrayville, GA
    • Pendergrass, GA
    • Perry, GA
    • Pine Mountain, GA
    • Rincon, GA
    • Savannah, GA
    • Stillmore, GA
    • Vienna, GA
    • Kapaa, HI
    • Kapolei, HI
    • Columbus Junction, IA
    • Denison, IA
    • Des Moines, IA
    • Hospers, IA
    • Marshalltown, IA
    • Ottumwa, IA
    • Perry, IA
    • Postville, IA
    • Sioux Center, IA
    • Sioux City, IA
    • Storm Lake, IA
    • Waterloo, IA
    • West Liberty, IA
    • Nampa, ID
    • Beardstown, IL
    • Earlville, IL
    • Hillsdale, IL
    • Marengo, IL
    • Momence, IL
    • Monmouth, IL
    • Mount Morris, IL
    • North Aurora, IL
    • Peoria, IL
    • Rantoul, IL
    • South Holland, IL
    • Corydon, IN
    • Delphi, IN
    • Haubstadt, IN
    • Logansport, IN
    • Memphis, IN
    • Mentone, IN
    • Milford, IN
    • Orland, IN
    • Washington, IN
    • Arkansas City, KS
    • Dodge City, KS
    • Holcomb, KS
    • Holton, KS
    • Liberal, KS
    • Wellington, KS
    • Albany, KY
    • Beaver Dam, KY
    • Hazel Green, KY
    • Hickory, KY
    • Louisville, KY
    • Robards, KY
    • Arcadia, LA
    • Farmerville, LA
    • Hammond, LA
    • Natchitoches, LA
    • Cordova, MD
    • Hurlock, MD
    • Salisbury, MD
    • Byron Center, MI
    • Detroit, MI
    • Escanaba, MI
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • Hillsdale, MI
    • Holland, MI
    • Kalamazoo, MI
    • Middleville, MI
    • Plainwell, MI
    • Rosebush, MI
    • Yale, MI
    • Austin, MN
    • Butterfield, MN
    • Cold Spring, MN
    • Faribault, MN
    • Marshall, MN
    • Melrose, MN
    • Pelican Rapids, MN
    • Willmar, MN
    • Windom, MN
    • Worthington, MN
    • Branson, MO
    • California, MO
    • Carthage, MO
    • Cassville, MO
    • Dexter, MO
    • Milan, MO
    • Monett, MO
    • Noel, MO
    • Rockville, MO
    • Saint Joseph, MO
    • Sedalia, MO
    • Springfield, MO
    • Bay Springs, MS
    • Canton, MS
    • Collins, MS
    • Forest, MS
    • Hazlehurst, MS
    • Laurel, MS
    • Morton, MS
    • Moselle, MS
    • Sebastopol, MS
    • Summit, MS
    • Water Valley, MS
    • Asheboro, NC
    • Clinton, NC
    • Dobson, NC
    • Dudley, NC
    • Kinston, NC
    • Lewiston, NC
    • Lexington, NC
    • Lumber Bridge, NC
    • Marion, NC
    • Marshville, NC
    • Monroe, NC
    • Morganton, NC
    • Mount Olive, NC
    • Raeford, NC
    • Rockingham, NC
    • Rose Hill, NC
    • Saint Pauls, NC
    • Sanford, NC
    • Siler City, NC
    • Staley, NC
    • Tar Heel, NC
    • Teachey, NC
    • Warsaw, NC
    • Wilkesboro, NC
    • Winston-Salem, NC
    • Dakota City, NE
    • David City, NE
    • Gibbon, NE
    • Grand Island, NE
    • Madison, NE
    • Norfolk, NE
    • Schuyler, NE
    • Tecumseh, NE
    • Wakefield, NE
    • Norma, NJ
    • Vineland, NJ
    • Moriarty, NM
    • Fallon, NV
    • South Fallsburg, NY
    • Kidron, OH
    • Saint Henry, OH
    • Sandusky, OH
    • Winesburg, OH
    • Broken Bow, OK
    • Guymon, OK
    • Jay, OK
    • Dayton, OR
    • Klamath Falls, OR
    • Birdsboro, PA
    • Fombell, PA
    • Fredericksburg, PA
    • Johnstown, PA
    • Lancaster, PA
    • Loganton, PA
    • Mifflintown, PA
    • New Holland, PA
    • New Oxford, PA
    • Orefield, PA
    • Souderton, PA
    • Stevens, PA
    • Wyalusing, PA
    • Aibonito, PR
    • Coamo, PR
    • Dillon, SC
    • Gaffney, SC
    • Greenville, SC
    • Greenwood, SC
    • Newberry, SC
    • Sumter, SC
    • Ward, SC
    • Huron, SD
    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Morristown, TN
    • Newbern, TN
    • Shelbyville, TN
    • Union City, TN
    • Amarillo, TX
    • Booker, TX
    • Brookshire, TX
    • Bryan, TX
    • Cactus, TX
    • Carthage, TX
    • Center, TX
    • Corpus Christi, TX
    • Dallas, TX
    • Fort Worth, TX
    • Friona, TX
    • Gonzales, TX
    • Hereford, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Lufkin, TX
    • Mineola, TX
    • Mount Pleasant, TX
    • Nixon, TX
    • Plainview, TX
    • San Angelo, TX
    • San Antonio, TX
    • Seguin, TX
    • Waco, TX
    • Hyrum, UT
    • Moroni, UT
    • Accomac, VA
    • Glen Allen, VA
    • Harrisonburg, VA
    • New Market, VA
    • Smithfield, VA
    • Temperanceville, VA
    • Timberville, VA
    • Kelso, WA
    • Mount Vernon, WA
    • Stanwood, WA
    • Toppenish, WA
    • Wallula, WA
    • Abbotsford, WI
    • Arcadia, WI
    • Barron, WI
    • Curtiss, WI
    • Green Bay, WI
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • Norwalk, WI