About the Agency
The incumbent performs the full range of meat grading and quality assurance monitoring duties, located at either a main station, substation, or other office locations, which may involve details and/or reassignments to different geographical areas as needed and as determined by management.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
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:
- Independently examines meat (in carcass or in cases where the USDA standards permit whole sale cut form) and applies official standards to determine the meat's quality grade.
- Determines yield grade of carcasses and applicable cuts; is responsible for proper control and storage of official equipment.
- Records and forwards evaluation data for factors which determine the final quality and yield grade.
- Following prescribed procedures, selects samples and examines meat food products for compliance with contract specifications.
- Independently defends grade or certification determinations to plant personnel; corrects errors observed and assists in maintaining relations with plant management.
- Prepares and issues certificates and maintains permanent records relating to the work.
- Coordinates the work of several graders assigned to a specific location and may serve as "grader-in-charge."
- Assists the supervisors in the technical and administrative on-the-job training of GS-5 and GS-7 meat graders and intermittent employees.
- Conducts public demonstrations; reviews retail meat outlets (i.e. supermarkets, meat markets, hotels, restaurants, etc.) for compliance.