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FOOD INSPR (Food Inspector (Imports)) - Portal, ND

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-2015-MMP-0021


$39,179.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 9, 2014 to Thursday, October 23, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Portal, ND View Map
2 vacancies - Elizabeth, NJ View Map


Current FSIS employees nationwide with competitive status.






About the Agency

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

These positions are located in the Office of International Affairs, Import Inspection Division. These positions are located at or near a large port of entry where diversified quantities of meat and poultry products are imported in the United States. This announcement will be used to fill anyone of the list locations below depending upon the needs of Agency and the selectee. Specific job information is listed below for each vacancy.

1.    Duty Station: Portal, ND

·         Schedule: 1st Shift Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

·         This position works 6 days/week with Saturday OVT

·         There is no government car with this position.

2.    Duty Station: Elizabeth, NJ

·         Schedule: 1st Shift Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

·         This position rotates every four months. (Est I-44)

·         There is no government car with this position.

3.    Duty Station: Elizabeth, NJ

·         Schedule: 1st Shift Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

·         This position is located in Est.1-116

·         There is no government car with this position.

Please note that the salary listed is from the Rest of the U.S. pay table. Employees' salary will be set using the applicable pay table for the location of the position selected. For more information please see OPM's pay charts .

Functional requirements and environmental factors .


·         Not Required


·         Yes

·         Relocation may be paid if eligible in accordance with regulations.


·         US Citizenship is required.

·         Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

·         A 1-year probationary period is required.

·         Successful completion of a background investigation

·         Successful completion of a pre-employment physical


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The Food Inspector (Imports):

·         Assures that products approved for import are in full compliance with all applicable Federal regulations governing the importation of meat and poultry products.

·         Verifies the accuracy of labels and foreign health certificates and examines products and containers to determine if the product is sound, wholesome, unadulterated, and meets U.S. requirements.

·         Authorizes entry of all meat or poultry products considered to comply with Federal regulations or refuses entry of any products which violate any of the requirements for admission into this country.

·         Issues notification to customs, brokers, imports, etc., if products are refused for entry, assuring that such products are controlled and properly secured.

·         Applies heightened observation skills to increase scrutiny for evidence of unusual activity related to food safety/security in the event of a declared or perceived threat to homeland security.

·         Performs domestic inspection on cross utilization basis with the Office of Field Operations (OFO), verifying regulatory compliance with the full range of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety and other inspection requirements involving slaughter and/or processed products, depending upon the specific plant(s) in the assignment.


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All information used to evaluate your application and all qualification and eligibility requirements, including time-in-grade restriction, specialized experience and/or education, as defined in this announcement, must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.

Specialized experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience.

Specialized experience includes: working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry, and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.

·         GS-7: Basic knowledge and experience working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts, ensuring product is wholesome and unadulterated.

·         GS-8: Intermediate knowledge and experience working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts, ensuring product is wholesome and unadulterated.

·         GS-9: Advanced knowledge and experience working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts, ensuring product is wholesome and unadulterated.

Time-In-Grade:  Applicants must have 52 weeks of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level (or its equivalent) in the Federal Service within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


See OPM Qualification Standards for more information:  1863 Series

•  May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
•  Subject to successful completion of pre-employment medical examination
•  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
•  Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
•  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.


·         You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

·         Knowledge of Agency programs and of basic SSOP and HACCP principles

·         Ability to maintain personal relationships with industry personnel

·         Skill in written communication

·         Knowledge of meat and poultry industry's practices

·         We will review your application, including the on-line Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your on-line resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

·         Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To view the application form, visit:


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You can review our benefits at:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For an overview, please visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government

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




  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
•   A background investigation is a requirement for this position. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.
  Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  Relocation expenses may be authorized.
  This is a bargaining unit designated position.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

·         You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 

·         We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying on-line is highly encouraged. If applying on-line poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

·         This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the on-line questionnaire (you may preview the on-line questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agencys staffing system. Once in the Agencys staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

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



·         A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Other required documents as applicable:

·         Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional (including FSIS employees) : Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. [Note: FSIS bargaining unit employees are exempted from this requirement in accordance with the Labor Management Agreement.]


Gwen Olson
Phone: 612-659-8610
Fax: (612)370-2062
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
FSIS Human Resources Operations Division
Butler Square West 4th Floor, 100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
Fax: (612)370-2062


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your on-line Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.


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