Consumer Safety Inspector - Hooksett, NH

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$47,448.00 to $67,931.00


09 to 10





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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Consumer Safety Inspector 9/10
Salary Range:
47,448.00 - 67,931.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Friday, January 15, 2010 to Friday, January 29, 2010
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Hooksett, NH
Who May Be Considered:
CURRENT Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Agency Employees
Nationwide and USDA Career Transition Eligibles (CTAP).
Job Summary:
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking
a greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly
involved in protecting public health.
SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION:  Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-
9/10, SJ-519
Establishment: 4089, Poultry Products Northeast Inc. located in MERRIMACK County. (processing)
Work Schedule: This is a Relief assignment.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health
regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our
mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial
supply of  meat*, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate
commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and
correctly labeled and packaged.
* The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008", also referred to
as the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008. The
Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include
Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.
Key Requirements:

  • Must be a CURRENT FSIS Employee or USDA Career Transition Eligible-CTAP
  • Training program is a condition of employment. (see Additional Information)
  • Resume documenting 52 weeks of specialized experience.
  • Meet time in grade (TIG) by completing 52 weeks at next lower grade level.
  • Background Suitability Investigation.

Major Duties:
As a CSI, you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a
safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining
noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting
noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.
You will:
* Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing
establishments' Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP)and
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet
regulatory requirements and are being executed effectively to
prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of product.
* Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on
verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.   
You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records)of
noncompliance with regulatory requirements.  You will determine
when regulatory control action is necessary.  You will assess
whether the plant's corrective or preventative actions are
acceptable and effective, if there are trends in noncompliance, or
if enforcement action is warranted.   
* Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in
matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic
adulteration and misbranding).
* Have contact with plant managers, owners and others to explain
legal and regulatory requirements, discuss operation of the plants'
SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs.  You will
communicate on and defend determinations on noncompliance issues and
discuss plans for addressing non-compliance.  You will also work
with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify
differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety
or consumer protection requirements and you will advise other Agency
inspectors, supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement
matters for which you are involved.  
* You may conduct various samplings, surveys and tests to obtain
pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry trends, or other
issues of current interest to the Agency.  You may be involved in
performing health and safety verification sampling and tests for
detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella, listeria, etc.),
residues or contaminants. You may also perform direct, structured
sampling involving Protein Fat Free (PFF), undeclared species,
undeclared ingredients or suspected economic violations involving
net weight or labeling.
For the CSI positions, there are two basic components of your
experience that together define the qualifications. These are:  Time-
in-Grade (TIG) and specialized experience.  In order to meet TIG,
you will need to have completed 52 weeks at the next lower grade
level within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. In
order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need
to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized
experience at the next lower grade level within 30 days after the
closing date of this announcement.  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 mathematic and elementary statistical concepts
and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and
experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.
* Only CURRENT FSIS Agency employees and CTAP eligibles are eligible
to apply to this announcement.
* If you are a non-competitive applicant (reassignment, change to
lower grade, or noncompetitive re-promotion) wanting consideration
for this position, you MUST complete the full on-line application
process and/or apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System.  To
receive consideration for this position, under the Voluntary
Reassignment System, you must submit a hard copy Form 4335-3,
Employee Request for Reassignment within Field Operations. Forms
must be mailed to:  USDA, FSIS, HRO Systems Section, Butler Square
West, 4th Floor, 100 N Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN  55403.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing
procedures which govern Status candidates.  An automated ranking
system based on the on-line application process is used.  We will
carefully review your resume and your answers to the questions, to
ensure you meet the minimum qualifications.  Your resume will be
reviewed to verify that it supports the answers you submitted and
that it address experience and education relevant to this position.To preview questions please click here.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to
its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:
Other Information:
*  This position has a training program requirement as a condition
of employment.  If selected, you must successfully complete a 2-3
week training program at a designated location which may require
travel outside the duty location for an extended period.  The
training you will attend is called the Food Safety Regulatory
Essentials (FSRE).  The type of class you will attend will be based
on your assignment.  For example, if your assignment covers raw
products, you will attend the two week course for raw products.  If
your assignment covers not shelf stable, ready-to-eat/not ready-to-
eat products, you will attend the three week course.  You must begin
the training within 90 days of the effective date of your selection,
and you must successfully complete it within 12 months of the
effective date of your selection.  Failure to successfully complete
the training may result in returning you to your former position, or
like position at the same or lower grade (depending on availability
and the needs of the Agency) or removal from Federal Service.
*  A pre-employment physical may be required.
*  This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies
should any occur in the announced duty location.
*  If selection is made below GS-10, promotion to that level may be
made without further competition, upon completion of 12 months of
satisfactory performance.
*  Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be
determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS
*  Salaries in some locations may be higher than the salary listed
in this announcement due to locality pay.  For a listing of locality
pay tables and locality pay information, see
*  Travel required may vary depending on geographical assignment.
*  The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of
race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable,
sex, marital status familial status, parental status, religion,
sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal
or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any
public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs).  Persons 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.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director,
Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC
20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD).
How To Apply:
Begin the application process at  If you have not
registered, you will need to register with USAJOBS.  You need to
answer all the core questions, the job specific questions and submit
your resume on-line.  Your resume should include detailed work
experience, education and training relevant to this position.  
Applicants who do not answer all the questions and who do not submit
a supporting resume on-line will be rated ineligible.  You must
complete and submit your application on-line no later than midnight,
U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date.  If applying on-line
poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact person listed on this
announcement can provide assistance to help you apply or provide
alternative methods.
Required Documents:
Current FSIS Agency employees do not need to submit additional
Only CTAP eligibile applicants are required to provide a copy of
their most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"
or equivalent), proof of eligibility (a RIF separation notice or
Certification of Expected Separation) and a SF-50 noting current
position, grade level and duty location.  CTAP documents must be
sent via fax during the USAJOBS on-line application process and must
be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the
vacancy announcement.  Before faxing CTAP documents, make sure they
are legible and all information is complete and signed.  Illegible
documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purpose.  
Use a separate cover sheet for each category of documentation.  
Select the cover sheet to print by selecting the appropriate check
boxes in the Selected Documents column.  Print the cover sheets.  A
window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected;
you must allow pop-ups.  After reviewing the list of documents and
printing the fax cover sheets, click Done.  You will receive an e-
mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human
Resources. You should retain your your e-mail confirmation and the
fax transmittal report as proof of your submission.
Contact Information:
Merri Stellburg
Phone: 800-370-3747 x 8541
Fax: 612-370-2007
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2007
What To Expect Next:
Applicant qualifications are evaluated after the position closes.  
The best qualified and non-competitive applicants will be referred
to the selecting official for consideration.  You  will be able to
check your application status in USAJOBS by going to the MY
EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1785096

Control Number: 85648333


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