Job Overview

Summary

*PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH FOOD SAFETY AND DEFENSE*

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health 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 is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

**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 FI-378021, you do not need to reapply to this announcement.  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. 

You should only complete the Occupational Questionnaire ONCE in a 12 month period.  Your application is valid through the closing date of the announcement unless otherwise notified. 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 Full Time Permanent - 378021 to view the updated list of geographic areas you may select. Do you want to make a difference in helping protect our nation's food supply?  Are you interested in improving public health?  Does working in meat and poultry establishments interest you?  This position is appropriate for new or mid-career professionals seeking to start their career with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.  You may also apply to our other Food Inspector job announcements at www.foodsafetyjobs.gov  

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

    Few vacancies in the following locations

    • Abbeville, AL
    • Albertville, AL
    • Ashland, AL
    • Baker Hill, AL
    • Blountsville, AL
    • Boaz, AL
    • Decatur, AL
    • Dothan, AL
    • Enterprise, AL
    • Gadsden, AL
    • Jack, AL
    • Mobile, AL
    • Montgomery, AL
    • Russellville, AL
    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • Union Springs, AL
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    • Pico Rivera, CA
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    • Selbyville, DE
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