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Job Title:  Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Marketing Service
Job Announcement Number:  24PY-2014-0020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$15.00 to $24.16 / Per Hour
Friday, November 29, 2013 to Friday, December 13, 2013
Intermittent - Permanent
1 vacancy - Neosho, MO   View Map
This announcement is open to all United States citizens.


Relocation expenses will not be paid.
You will serve as the sole resident grader in a plant or as the grader responsible for a separate shift in a multi-grader plant.  Assignments are performed in poultry processing or packing plants and/or shell egg plants and may involve details and/or reassignments to different geographical areas as determined by management.

**Intermittent Work Schedule: Majority of work will be on an as
needed (intermittent) basis. May work part-time or full-time
occasionally, but no minimum amount of hours are guaranteed.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acts as officially designated contact and maintains relations with plant management and employees explaining decisions, obtaining corrections in sanitation, processing or storage conditions; explaining grading activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plan activities.
  • May examine product to determine conformance with approved contract specifications such as grade, weight, packaging and packing, and quantity for various types of contracts.  Prepares and issues certificates as required.
  • Monitors the plant and processing operations to assure that the plant remains in compliance with regulations with respect to operating procedures and, in shell egg plants, to assure that facilities and equipment are maintained in sanitary condition.
  • In shell egg plants, assures only approved chemicals, insecticides, and rodenticides are used; the product is labeled only with approved labels; and inedible product is appropriately identified and controlled. 
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records related to work such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issued, and administrative information.
  • Trains and authorizes selected plant personnel to grade according to U.S. standards and monitors their grading/inspection work.

In addition, the following duties pertain specifically to either poultry grading, or shell egg assignments.
Poultry Grading Assignments:
  • Grades whole turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry, and/or other parts, considering such factors as class, fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight, and other conditions.  Applies the official standards and regulations to determine the product's grade base upon grading results.

Shell Egg Assignments:
  • Examines shell eggs for weight, color, soundness, texture of shell, the absence of defects, clarity of yolk outline, and clarity and firmness of albumen.
  • Assures proper cleaning of eggs, proper cartoning and/or packaging of shell eggs and is responsible for the final grade determination in accordance with the official standards and regulations.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.
GS-5: Four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.
GS-7: One full year of graduate level education in a related field of study, such as agriculture, mathematics, engineering, science, business, or economics;
Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.

  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
    GENERAL EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have three years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service (experience may have been obtained in private or public sectors), that demonstrates the ability to (1) analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; (2) plan and organize work; and (3) communicate effectively orally and in writing. General experience may have been gained from quality assurance, food processing, some farm experience, and/or technical, administrative work. Experience must provide evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position and show decision making responsibilities. General clerical experience (typing, filing, routine processing, or other non-specialized repetitive tasks) is not creditable.
    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
    Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
    • Specialized experience is that which has been gained in production, quality control, inspection (if such experience involves quality determination), research or receiving of agricultural commodities which involves making quality determinations using an applicable grading standard.  Experience may have been gained in chain stores, military, or manufacturing.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 and GS-7 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

    Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Selectee will be required to complete a self-certification medical statement.
  • Selectee will be required to sign a statement at the time of appointment indicating willingness to accept a reassignment to other geographical locations throughout the United States.
  • Commodity grading work requires periods of physical exertion to lift and move boxes and cartons of product often weighing at least 50 pounds; prolonged standing, walking, stooping, bending and climbing; physical coordination and finger dexterity in at least one hand for poultry grading assignments, and two hands for shell egg assignments to perform digital examinations of eggs; ability to detect abnormalities in the commodity through normal or corrected vision in at least one eye for distance, depth perception, and color; the ability to assure safety in a highly-mechanized and/or noisy environment through adequate or correctable hearing; and the ability to determine product quality through smell.
  • The work environment is in a poultry shell plant and involves moderate discomforts and risks such as the cold temperatures and freezer storage areas, the presence of processing equipment, moving carts and forklifts, and wet slippery floors.

    • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
      • General Commodity Inspection and Grading Skills
      • Communication Skills
      • Decision Making, Leadership, Supervisory and Project/Program Management
      • Poultry Grading
    • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
    • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be in English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Hiring Authority)
  • SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
  • Schedule A Certification (Disability Hiring Authority)
  • Interchange Agreement documentation (Excepted Service Hiring Authority)
  • Spouses and widows/widowers of certain armed forces members (Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses Hiring Authority)
  • Peace Corps, Vista, AmeriCorps documentation, etc.(All other Special Hiring Authorities)
  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • 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 and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.
  • Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders


    Phone: 612-336-3345
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Agricultural Marketing Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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