Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
FOR THE GS-05 LEVEL: LEVEL Applicants must have three years of general progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. General experience demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. Such experience may have been gained performing the following types of work - commodity buyer, receiving clerk, office manager, administrative assistant (with decision-making responsibility), food processing laboratory work (managerial or technical) and farm experience that included responsibility for decision-making (excludes general laborers). General clerical experience (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, and maintaining records) is not creditable.
OR Four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level) that demonstrates:
- Experience grading products and/or inspecting, storing, packaging, transporting, and processing conditions.
- Experience grading and inspection meat products for standards and contract specifications to grade products and identify and describe common product defects or diseases and to establish their causes.
- Identify and determine the cause of common defects and diseases of these products or product types.
- Recognizing, identifying, and describing common product characteristics relevant to the products graded, such as taste, smell, color, size, shape, or texture, and skill in comparing the characteristics to standards or contract specifications to make consistent determinations.
OR One year of graduate level education in Animal Science, Meat Science, Agronomy, or closely related field of study.
OR 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 AchievementFOR THE GS-09 LEVEL:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- independently grades and/or inspects meat products performs difficult assignments such as: grading and/or inspecting rare or unusual products or product types; regularly making borderline grading decisions on a variety of products or product types; or applying the full range of grading skills and knowledge at an extremely fast pace requiring instant determinations.
Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in Animal Science, Meat Science, Agronomy, or closely related field of study. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.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: TranscriptsCOMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-05/07/09 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
- Satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee’s duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.
- Prior to an official offer, selectee will be required to sign and return a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to this office acknowledging and accepting that geographic mobility is a condition of employment. Failure to sign the MOU will be grounds for withdrawal of the job offer.
- Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment medical examination.
- Work environment includes exposure to cold temperatures of coolers, which are 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (with occasional short periods at subzero temperatures); high noise levels of industrial processing equipment; risks of forklifts, meat hooks, and/or meat products and other items moving or falling; slippery floors and stairs; and risks of cutting and sawing equipment.
- Commodity grading work requires periods of physical exertion to lift and move boxes and cartons of product often weighing over 50 pounds; prolonged periods of standing, walking, stooping, bending, and climbing; physical coordination and finger dexterity in both hands to perform digital examinations of commodities; 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 determine product quality through sensory perception (taste, smell, etc.).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
- General Commodity Inspection and Grading Skills
- Communication Skills
- Decision Making, Leadership, Supervisory and Project/program Management
- Meat and Meat Products Grading
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.
Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. 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. To preview questions please click here.