Meat and Poultry Inspector – Harrisonburg, VA
Meat and Poultry Inspector #00687
Environmental Specialist I - 59031
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Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?
Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)
Harrisonburg - 660
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Does this position have telework options?
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference
General Public - G
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Meat and Poultry Inspector with the Office of Meat and Poultry Services. This position is assigned to the Harrisonburg area and the successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to that territory. Responsibilities include enforcement of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and related state regulations. Duties include conducting ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections; verification of the food safety systems in assigned meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities; enforcement of the Humane Handling Act; collection of official samples; and completion of inspection reports. This position requires daily travel to assigned facilities and involves considerable physical activity to include lifting, prolonged standing or sitting and working in environments with extreme temperature changes.
Knowledge of the meat and poultry slaughter and processing operations is needed as well as the ability to interpret, assure and enforce compliance with regulations by analyzing and assessing findings to perform logical, supportable conclusions. This often requires independently applying basic scientific principles, including mathematical or statistical functions, while working without direct supervision. Selected candidate must also demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills including the ability to accurately prepare technical reports as well as display excellent customer service skills. Computer proficiency is needed along with experience using standard business office software applications. The ability to recognize animal characteristics and behavior; humane handling of animals and identify abnormal conditions while conducting inspection procedures. The selected applicant must have and maintain a valid driverâ??s license with a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. Candidate must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, including the ability to distinguish colors, as well as to meet the requirements for federal compliance certification within the first twelve months of employment.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with course work in food science, food microbiology, food chemistry along with enforcement and interpretation of government regulations is preferred. A working knowledge of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles as applied to the meat industry is also preferred along with meat/poultry processing work experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. EOE. Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable). Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position. Finally, if you have a "yellow form" or "blue form" issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. Fax to 804-371-8879, call 804-371-8066, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.
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