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Job Title:  Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  FSIS-MCE-2013-0047

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Part-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Saipan, Mariana Isl, CQ  View Map
All current U.S. Citizens; current or former Federal employment is not required.


This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in improving and protecting public health.


Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-5/7, SJ-518, Full performance level is the GS-9.
Establishment: 01065 M, L&M Enterprises, Inc. located in Northern Mariana Islands.
Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This is a Part Time Position.

- Duty Station is eligible for a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
- Patrol Assignment consisting of two inspected establishments and two import establishments.
- Red Meat slaughter/processing.
- Working 32 hours or less per week.
Species: Multiple
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (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.

As a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), you will ensure that regulated Meat and Poultry establishments produce a safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance, and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.




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  • As a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), your role will be to examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants. You will ensure that the product is fit to eat and in compliance with Federal laws. Inspection is performed before and after slaughter to ensure that the product is not contaminated and that sanitation procedures are maintained. The incumbent will also be required to perform duties to verify that a food safety system within officially inspected slaughter and/or processing establishments is operating in compliance with regulations and in a way that will result in safe food.
  • Veterinary Medical Officers, 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 walkways 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 the palpation 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.


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There are several ways that you can meet the basic qualification requirements for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) trainee position. They are:

  1. Work Experience.
  2. Education and Training.
  3. A combination of education and specialized experience.
  4. One full year of directly related graduate education is qualifying for GS-7.

1. Work Experience:

To qualify based only on work experience, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position or a similar, closely related position at the next lower level. See specialized experience definition.

  • Specialized Experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position at the next lower grade level within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement, OR the appropriate education substitution listed above. This includes experience that provided you with knowledge of the properties and characteristics of regulated food commodities and substances, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs,or other food for human consumption, and other ingestible substances, such as pharmaceuticals.
  • This experience should include several or all of the following: Skill in applying proper techniques for collecting samples and performing field tests and examinations, skill in developing written reports and reporting findings or results orally, and skill in maintaining effective personal contacts with a variety of individuals. Such experience may have been acquired in work such as consumer safety inspector or inspection aid, food inspector, public health inspector, quality inspection specialist, or similar position with responsibility for sampling, quality control and sanitation in a food manufacturing or production environment, or similar environment for other ingestible items. OR

2. Education and Training:

Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours/credits in any combination of coursework in the areas of: agricultural, biological, or physical sciences, food technology, epidemiology, home economics, pharmacy, engineering, or nutrition. Specialized government or military training may be creditable if it is related directly to this position. OR


3. A combination of education and specialized experience.

In this instance, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (with some related coursework, as described in number 2 above) is creditable towards meeting the requirements, along with specialized work experience. The combination must equal 100% of the requirement. For example, if you have 33% education, then you need 67% specialized experience.

 4. One full year of directly related graduate education is qualifying for GS-7.



  • Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If qualified, applicants will be placed into a quality category based on how well their background demonstrates the following competencies: Language (ie. Written Communication), Mathematics (ie. Basic Statistics), Information Processing (ie. Technical Comprehension), Analytical (ie. Problem Solving), Communication (ie. Providing and Receiving Feedback), Personal Characteristics (ie. Integrity). An automated ranking system based on the online application process is used. Before a certificate of names can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, c) that your resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents need to be submitted.
  • Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
  • If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or a non-competitive referral and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.
  • The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the on-line job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. These categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged.
  • Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement.
  • A Member 4 copy of the DD-214 click here  must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.

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Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government.


  • Future promotion is not guaranteed and depends on demonstrated performance and ability to assume additional responsibility.
  • The selectee will not be required to reapply or compete again for promotion to the full performance level of this position.
  • We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.


  • This position has a training program requirement as a condition of employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 4-week training program, the Inspection Methods course, at a designated location which may require travel outside the duty location for an extended period. This training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a CSI to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations and FSIS. You must begin the training within 90 days of the effective date of your selection, and you must successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective date of your selection. Failure to successfully complete the training may result in returning you to your former position (depending on availability and the needs of the Agency); or if qualified, be offered another position at the same or lower grade than the position held immediately before accepting the covered position; or removal from Federal Service.
  • The training you will attend is called the Food Safety Regulatory Essentials (FSRE).
  • The type of class you will attend and length of time you will need to attend the training will be based on the types of HACCP processes you will be expected to verify in the establishment(s) to which you will be assigned in this new position. For example, if the position is assigned to conduct verification activities in plants producing raw products, two weeks of FSRE training will be required. If your assignment covers establishments with not shelf stable, ready-to-eat/not ready-to-eat processes, you will attend the three-week FSRE course. If your assignment involves verification activities for shelf stable products, you will also be required to attend the two-week shelf stable FSRE training. If you successfully completed some or all of the required training previously, the number of weeks required may be adjusted.
  • This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical.
  • The duties of a Consumer Safety Inspector are performed in a hazardous working environment. Therefore, applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves and others. Specifically, full range of motion is required for rapid repetitive twisting and working with arms above shoulder level as well as standing and walking on slippery and uneven floors and catwalks, and climbing stairs and ladders.
  • Applicants must be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 44 pounds. Manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms, hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands is mandatory.
  • In addition, applicants must be free of chronic eye disease, have good near and distance vision and 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 is required.
  • Functional Requirements/Environmental Factors: Consumer Safety Inspectors, depending on position, (slaughter, processing, or processed product inspection) may be involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry, post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry, inspection of red meat, or egg, and poultry products used for human consumption. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways 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. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of conditions that make a product unfit for human consumption. A normal sense of smell is needed to detect odors. Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires the palpation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives.
  • The above requirements are not all inclusive.

Background Investigation/Suitability:

  • Selectee will be subject to receiving a satisfactory background investigation, and will also need to complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment prior to appointment to determine suitability for federal employment. This document asks for disclosure of information relating to arrests, employment terminations, and other suitablitiy issues.
  • Conflict of Interest: In addition, the selectee will need to provide a signed conflict of interest statement. Conflict of interest rules prohibit an appointment to a position at an establishment where an individual has been previously employed for more than 90 days during the preceding year. There are several other types of conflict of interest situations explained in detail on the form given to selectees.
  • Completed applications for this vacancy must be received no later than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help you apply, or provide alternative methods.
  • FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464- 4218.
  •  EEO/Diversity Policy
  •  Reasonable Accommodation
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: for more information.


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Go to the USAJOBS website to create a resume. Follow the online instructions. Extensive help is available online from the USAJOBS site. Our application system is integrated with USAJOBS.
You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. Submitting a USAJobs resume, responses to the basic qualifications, online vacancy questions and any supporting documents required to complete your application.
Completed applications include:

  1. Answers to all core questions (completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).
  2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job)
  3. Your online resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your application from other word processing documents at any time prior to the closing date. Your resume must include the number of hours that you worked per week, the start date (MM/YY) and end date (MM/YY) of the position(s) you held, job title, name of employer, and a description of the duties that you preformed for all positions listed in your resume. This information is needed in order to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
  4. Via fax imaging or uploading, provide any supplemental documents needed.
    Announcement closes on midnight eastern time of the closing date. Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and who do not submit supporting resumes or supporting documents will be rated ineligible.Answers to all core questions (completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).


  • If qualifying based on education, you must submit your transcripts and/or course slips. These items should include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at this time. However, if selected you must provide a copy of your official transcripts before starting work in the position. 
  • Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. 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 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; a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent); 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. Click here for more information. If hard copy documents are being submitted by you for career transition assistance, the documents must be received via fax during the USAJOBS registration process.
  • If you claim Veteran Preference please provide a copy of your DD-214 showing a honorable discharge. For veterans receiving compensation please provide SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with your DD-214. (click here for veteran’s preference information)
  • Supporting documentation should be sent using the fax imaging instructions after you have applied for the vacancy announcement.

Faxing Supporting Documentation:

  •  The next step of the application process is to fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process.
  • Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed and received. All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • ** Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit documents needed to complete your application package. For example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment status.


  1. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be accessible to HR.)
  2. You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.
  3. Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the coversheet (s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the coversheets. Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.
  4. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the application process.
  5. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
  6. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing documents from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. (i.e., Transcripts are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)
  7. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re- fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your document is processed correctly.
  8. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e- mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as proof of submission. Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Brian Fleming
Phone: 612-659-8563
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-370-2062


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  • Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date and the best qualified candidates are referred to the selection official for further consideration and possible interview.

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