Job Overview


About the Agency

These positions are located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Seafood Inspection Program, in Tempe, AZ, Long Beach, CA., Seattle, WA. 
These positions will be filled under the Department of Commerce (DOC) Alternate Personnel System. The Alternate Personnel System replaced the Federal General Schedule (GS) pay plan and structure. Under this system, positions are classified by career path, pay plan, and pay band. The pay band ZT-2 is equivalent to the GS-5/8 grade level. This position is also being advertised under announcement number NMFS-SIPW-2014-0001(Status Candidates). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.  This is position is being announced as a ZT-1862 with known promotion potential to the ZT-3.
Salary Ranges:  Tempe, AZ: $32,348 to $57,691

                          Seattle, WA:$33,747 to $60,186

                          Long Beach, CA: $35,230 to $62,830 

Payment of relocation expenses not authorized. A one-year probationary period may be required. This position is not in the bargaining unit. If selected you will be required to complete an OGE 450 Financial Disclosure Form. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT *Must be able to spend a major portion of the workday on his/her feet, walking and standing while performing inspection duties. *Must be able to lift cases of products weighing up to 60 pounds. *Must have sensory abilities (sight,smell,taste) which are capable of identifying abnormalities (defects) in product characteristics. *Selectee will be required to complete and sign a Mobility agreement. 

This position is a mixed tour position. Because of changing workloads, employees may be scheduled to a mixed tour which includes periods of full-time, part-time, and intermittent or furlough employment. Employees who are hired to work a mixed tour as a condition of employment are exempt from the 16 to 32 hour per week part-time employment restriction.

NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill other (Consumer Safety Inspector,ZT-1862-2) positions throughout NOAA. The positions must be alike(e.g.within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement.


The individual selected for this position will:
*Take samples of seafood and examine raw and processed products to determine quality and condition.

*Apply heightened observation skills in the inspection of seafood.

*Verify the accuracy of labels and certificates, and examine products and containers to determine if the product is sound, wholesome, unadulterated, and meets U.S. requirements.

*Review and ensure maintenance of sanitation procedures.

*Maintain records(e.g., inspections, reports, and certificates) and property utilized in the completion of inspections.

*Recognize and determine out of compliance situations and take appropriate corrective actions. 

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel

Relocation Authorized

  • No