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This in an Excepted Service Appointment. The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

This is an appointment under the USDA Recent Graduates program.

  • The program duration is one year.  
  • Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.  
  • Appointee must sign a USDA Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.
  • The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.
  • Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position upon completion of the program. This position has a promotion potential to AP/4, which is equivalent to a GS-12/13.

Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

Public Health Human Resource System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project.

This position is covered by the Public Health Human Resource System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project. Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path, occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service.

  • The AP-02 pay band is equivalent to the GS-5/7 grade levels.
  • The AP-3 pay band is equivalent to the GS-9/11.
  • This position has promotion potential to the AP-04 pay band, which is equivalent to the GS-12/13.

PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay increase based upon performance. For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit PHHRS.

This vacancy is located in the Office of Public Health Science, Mid-Western Laboratory, St. Louis, Missouri.


This position is located in the Microbiology Branch of a multidisciplinary laboratory, Office of Public Health and Science. The Microbiology Branch provides laboratory support and technical guidance to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to assure that all federally inspected meat and poultry products are wholesome and unadulterated. The incumbent

  • Conducts microbiological examinations of meat and poultry products and their ingredients to determine the presence, numbers and species of bacteria, with particular emphasis on coliforms, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter and other agents important in food intoxication, food infection and sanitary microbiology.
  • Performs and conducts various serological and biochemical tests to determine the identification of bacterial species with particular emphasis on those that pertain to food-borne illnesses.
  • Assists the supervisor in the preparation of analytical and statistical reports.
  • Participates in the development or validation of new methods.
  • Independently maintains quality control, interprets results.
  • Makes recommendations for possible refinement of the new methodology.