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Job Title:Pathways Internship Program – Student Trainee (Inspection)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2014-0032

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$25,181.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 01, 2014 to Thursday, April 10, 2014




Temporary Not To Exceed (NTE) appointments. - These NTE appointments may or may not be extended depending upon Program needs and funding.




1 vacancy - Liberal, KS View Map


Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.


Q - Nonsensitive




About the Agency

The Office of Field Operations (OFO), Field Operations manages inspection and enforcement activities nationwide, ensuring that domestically produced meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, secure, wholesome and properly labeled. For more information please visit our website

Desired majors: All Science majors to include Animal Science and Food Science.

These positions are located in the following location:

National Beef Packing Co, Est. 208A in Liberal, KS. Shift Hours: M-F 0627-1457 & 1527-2357. Activities:  Meat Slaughter & Processing, Export Cert. Slaughtered:  Steer, Heifer

For more information about the agency, please visit FSIS

Housing and Travel:

If the Duty Station* for which the student is selected requires the student to relocate from their current school location, FSIS may offer to locate and pay for summer housing and travel costs incurred (Domestic travel within the United States) in getting the student to their Duty Station and back to their school location at the end of their employment period. Housing usually includes a fully furnished place along with a kitchenette if available. Not all remote locations have all available amenities. The selected individual may not know where their housing will be located until 2 weeks prior to their start date. The selectee will be responsible for the cost of commuting from their temporary housing to their duty station.

*Duty Station - the geographic location (city and state) where the student will spend the majority of their time this summer; it will serve as the students "hub".




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This announcement will be used to fill Student Intern (Inspector) positions in USDA, FSIS, OFO, Springdale District. Below are some of the duties you may be asked to perform.

  • Conduct Ante-Mortem inspection under the supervision of the Inspector-in-Charge (IIC).
  • Conduct Post-Mortem inspection under the supervision of the IIC.
  • Monitor operational sanitation in the plant environment to ensure sanitary handling and dressing procedures are in accordance with regulations under the supervision of the IIC.
  • Monitor slaughter activities in conformance with humane handling regulations and procedures and/or good commercial practices under the supervision of the IIC.   


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Candidates must meet all the qualification requirements by 11:59 pm ET of the closing date of this announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy announcement are described below:


  • GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree that includes twelve semester hours 12 semester or 18 quarter hours in the biological, mathematical, physical, or agricultural sciences.
  • GS-3: I have completed 1 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree that includes twelve semester hours 12 semester or 18 quarter hours in the biological, mathematical, physical or agricultural sciences.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement.
Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.

What qualifies as an accredited educational institution?

A high school/GED whose curriculum has been approved by a state or local governing body, or a home-curriculum; and any accredited technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college or university, a graduate or professional, or a post secondary home school curriculum.
Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited.

Other Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Students must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
  • Students must be enrolled at least ½ time continuing studies in Spring/Summer 2014 or accepted as a degree seeking student for 2014.
  • Students must submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position).
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • If you are a student veteran, complete the questionnaire and submit documentation (DD-214, SF-15 and proof of requested on the SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans’ preference or DD-2014 if claiming 5 point preference or VEOA eligibility (separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.
  • Students 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).
If selected for the Student Intern position, you will be required to:
  • Complete and pass a background and security investigation.
  • Sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Complete a pre-employment physical.


Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.

We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three categories; Best-Qualified; Well-Qualified; or Qualified based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. Within each quality category, veteran’s preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Click here: for more information.

You will need to respond to the questions which are designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s):

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Attention to Detail
  • Listening 
Best-Qualified candidates will be sent to the selecting official for consideration. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the KSA’s. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.

To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:!benefits.hms?orgId=27&jnum=131083

Students hired under the USDA Pathways Internship Program on a temporary appointment are generally not entitled to benefits. However, once they have been continuously employed for over a year without a break in service exceeding 5 days, they may enroll in Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but they would have to pay 100 percent of the premium (i.e. both the employee and Government share). Temporary employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance Program.

Students on initial appointment of more than 90 days are entitled to leave benefits.

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information please visit: PSLF Program.



If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A background investigation is a requirement for this position. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: For more information

This announcement may be used to fill additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area.

Please reveiw the functional requirements and environmental factors for Food Inspectors.

FSIS Utilizes E-verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility. What is E-Verify? Why is it required?.  If you have a concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464¬4218.

Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

U.S. Department of Agriculture NON-Discrimination Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Additional helpful hints can be found regarding information on Federal Jobs by College Major and Internship/Recent Graduate Opportunities. Please click this link.

Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Complete 40 hours of training as outlined in the Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
  • Perform their job successfully.


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Applying to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information, responses to the vacancy specific questions and submission of supporting documentation and resume. You will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required documentation. All application requirements, materials/documentation will be accepted until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

To submit a complete application:

Answer all core questions (completed when registering on-line in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)

Answer all vacancy-specific questions (completed for each job)

Submit your on-line resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your application from other word processing documents at any time prior to the closing date. 

Provide any supplemental documents required. (such as transcripts)

If you are unable to apply Online, contact the number listed in the Agency Contact Information section prior to the closing date.  An application package will be mailed out. Prior to the closing of the announcement your completed package along with any required supporting documents must be received in the HR Office. Information received after the closing date will not be accepted.

NOTE: 18 U.S.C. 1719 prohibits the use of Government franked envelopes for application packages.   


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts are required if currently enrolled. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • Proof of student status is required.  Applicants must submit one of the following: a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university for an upcoming academic term; OR Transcripts showing current enrollment at an accredited college or university; OR A letter on college/university stationery stating that you are enrolled for the current academic term.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
The next step of the application process is to upload or fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed or received.


Brian Fleming
Phone: 800-370-3747
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-370-2062


You may check your status on USAJOBS. Individual notifications will not be sent. Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date and the best qualified candidates are referred to the selecting official

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