Job Overview


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 position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. Candidates who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to FSIS-MMP-2013-0773.

This position is located in State College, PA. Typically the work schedule is 1st shift, Monday through Friday, 07:00 to 15:30. However, occasionally working different hours may be required. Primary duty location is Penn State University, Est. 9844.

This position is currently covered by the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project.  Please visit: Why PHHRS? How does it benefit employees?

AP Band 03 is equivalent to the GS-9/11 and the AP Band 04 is equivalent to the GS-12/13.

Salary Range: AP-03 - $47,448 to $74,628; AP-04 - $68,809 to $106,369.


  • Conduct onsite consumer protection assessments to verify the design and proper functioning of a plants' food safety and process control systems.
  • Apply your knowledge of microbiology, food science, biology, chemistry, and/or agriculture to assess the scientific adequacy of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), microbiological verification sampling protocols, or other process control measures implemented by regulated establishments.
  • Perform investigative work related to food processing and/or slaughter systems to obtain information, gather evidence, or verify facts in support of administrative or civil enforcement matters. You will make recommendations regarding the type of enforcement action that is necessary, and assist in the preparation of enforcement related documentation such as notices of intended enforcement, suspension letters, deferral letters, and letters of warning.
  • Collect necessary information pertaining to product recall activities, consumer complaints, or other public health concerns. Determine the relevance of data and documentation in plant records, laboratory test data, and observed activities for compliance with provisions of laws and Agency regulations.
  • Assist inspection personnel, as needed, in the consistent nationwide implementation of significant new inspection procedures designed to verify that official establishments meet regulatory requirements for food safety and other consumer protection.