Job Title: Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7 - Telford, PA
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number: FSIS-MCE-2010-0112
33,408.00 - 53,802.00 USD /year
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 to Tuesday, February 09, 2010
SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy - Telford, PA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
All U.S. Citizens; current or former Federal employment is
required. Status candidates who wish to apply under merit promotion
procedures should apply to announcement number FSIS-MMP-2010-0455
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public
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
as the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008.
Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include
Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater
challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in
protecting public health. As a trainee, you will be learning and
performing the following duties in a developmental capacity with
supervision and training. Here's what to expect as you progress in
As a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), you will ensure that regulated
Meat and Poultry establishments produce a safe product by executing
appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with
regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance, and initiating
enforcement action, where warranted.
ABOUT THIS POSITION:
This position has promotion potential to the GS-9 level.
Plant Name: Godshall"s Quality Meats, INC., Est. #9553.
Shift: M-F 5:00 pm to 1:30 am
- This announcement may be used
to fill additional like vacancies.
- FSIS UTILIZES E-VERIFY TO
VERIFY IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY
- You must be a U.S. citizen to
be eligible for this position.
- Successful completion of a
background check is required for this position.
- Relocation expenses will not
be paid for this position.
- Position rotates duty station
with our like posiitons within the circuit.
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Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - Telford, PA
your position as a Consumer Safety Inspector, 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.
You will review records, observe plant operations, and conduct hands-
on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Record) on
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.
You will conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in
matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic
adulteration and misbranding).
As a Consumer Safety Inspector, you will 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, communicate on and defend determinations
on noncompliance issues, and to 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.
In addition, 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.
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Specialized Experience: To qualify based only on work experience,
you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the
experience that would have been gained if working in this position
or a similar, closely related position at the next lower level. See
specialized experience definition.
2. Education and Training:
Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a
bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester
hours/credits in any combination of coursework in the areas of:
agricultural, biological, or physical sciences, food technology,
epidemiology, home economics, pharmacy, engineering, or
nutrition. Specialized government or military training may be
creditable if it is related directly to this position.
3. A combination of education and specialized experience. In this
instance, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of
a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (with some related
coursework, as described in number 2 above) is creditable towards
meeting the requirements, along with specialized work experience.
The combination must equal 100% of the requirement. For example, if
you have 33% education, then you need 67% specialized experience.
4. One full year of directly related graduate education is
qualifying for GS-7.
In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will
need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible
specialized experience equivalent to the experience that would have
been gained if working in this position at the next lower grade
level within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement,
OR the appropriate education substitution listed above. This
includes experience that provided you with knowledge of the
properties and characteristics of regulated food commodities and
substances, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs,or other food for
human consumption, and other ingestible substances, such as
pharmaceuticals. This experience should include several or all of
Skill in applying proper techniques for collecting samples and
performing field tests and examinations, skill in developing written
reports and reporting findings or results orally, and skill in
maintaining effective personal contacts with a variety of
individuals. Such experience may have been acquired in work such as
consumer safety inspector or inspection aid, food inspector, public
health inspector, quality inspection specialist, or similar position
with responsibility for sampling, quality control and sanitation in
a food manufacturing or production environment, or similar
environment for other ingestible items.
There are several ways that you can meet the basic qualification
requirements for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) trainee
position. They are:
1. Specialized Experience.
2. Education and Training.
3. A combination of education and specialized experience.
4. One full year of directly related graduate education is
qualifying for GS-7.
WILL BE EVALUATED:
are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining
Procedures. An automated rating system, based on the online
assessment and application process is used. Before any certificate
can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed
carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum
qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the
answers provided to the job-specific questions, and (c) that your
resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position.To
preview questions please click here.
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Benefits and Other Info
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits
its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:
Future promotion is not guaranteed and depends on demonstrated
performance and ability to assume additional responsibility. The
selectee will not be required to reapply or compete again for
promotion to the full performance level of this position.
* Condition of Employment: This position has a training program
requirement as a condition of employment. If selected, you must
successfully complete a multi-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 and length of time you will need to attend the training will
be based on the types of HACCP processes you will be expected to
verify in the establishment(s) to which you will be assigned in this
new position. For example, if the position is assigned to conduct
verification activities in plants producing raw products, two weeks
of FSRE training will be required. If your assignment covers
establishments with not shelf stable, ready-to-eat/not ready-to-eat
processes, you will attend the three-week FSRE course. If your
assignment involves verification activities for shelf stable
products, you will also be required to attend the two-week shelf
stable FSRE training. If you successfully completed some or all of
the required training previously, the number of weeks required may
be adjusted. 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 removal
from Federal Service.
* This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical. The duties of a CSI
are performed in a hazardous working environment. Applicants
must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job
functions, without hazard to themselves and others. Full range of
motion is required for rapid repetitive twisting and working with
arms above shoulder level as well as standing and walking on
slippery and uneven floors and catwalks, and climbing stairs and
ladders. Applicants must be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to
44 pounds. Manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms,
hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands
is mandatory. Applicants must be free of chronic eye disease, have
good near and distance vision and have the ability to distinguish
shades of color. Any significant degree of color blindness (25% or
more error rate on approved color plate test) is disqualifying. The
ability to hear and understand conversational voice is required. The
above requirements are not all inclusive.
* Background Investigation/Suitability: Selectee will be subject
to receiving a satisfactory background investigation, and will also
need to complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment prior
to appointment to determine suitability for federal employment. This
document asks for disclosure of information relating to arrests,
employment terminations, and other suitablitiy issues.
* Conflict of Interest: Selectee must provide a signed conflict
interest statement. Conflict of interest rules prohibit appointment
to a position at an establishment where an individual has been
previously employed for more than 90 days during the preceding year.
There are several other types of conflict of interest situations
explained in detail on the form given to selectees.
* FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED
STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment
eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA)
and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work
authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants
or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the
choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have
concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or
you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process
based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the
Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).
For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-
* Completed applications for this vacancy must be received no later
than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date. If
applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact
listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help you
apply, or provide alternative methods.
* EEO/DIVERSITY POLICY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of
discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,
1400 Independence Avenue, W.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call
(800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
* This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part
of the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the
closing date. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will
be on a case-by-case basis.
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How To Apply
Please complete the following 4 steps; applicants who do not
complete these steps will be rated ineligible.
1. Begin the application process at www.USAJOBS.gov If you have not
registered, you will need to register with USAJOBS, build a resume
and answer all the core question.
2. Answer all job specific questions.
3. Submit your resume on-line in USAJOBS. Resumes can be copied and
pasted into the personal information area of your application at any
time prior to the closing date.
4. Submit required documents.
* If you are qualifying based on education, you must
submit a copy
of your college transcripts.
* Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position
to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be well-qualified
and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees
must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For
those instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with scores
less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest score on the best
qualified list. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must submit one of the following as
proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice;
a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) or equivalent that documents
separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury
compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability
annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard
Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Click here: for more information.
Veteran preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated
from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least
three consecutive years of active duty may also be considered. A DD-
214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and
character of discharge (Member Copy 4) MUST BE submitted to verify
Future Military Retirees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE: You
are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD-214 or a copy of
your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request.
Future Military Separatees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE: You
are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 and/or a
copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your
terminal leave request (if applicable). Click here: for more information.
Faxing Supporting Documentation:
The next step of the application process is to fax all the required
supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this
vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting
documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application
process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your
supporting documents are properly faxed and received. All required documents
must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy
***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit
documents needed to complete your application package. For example, the
Schedule A certification document must only be submitted by individuals
applying based on eligibility for appointment due to a disability. The SF-50
is a form current and former Federal employees submit to document their
Federal employment status.
1. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of
those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit
documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an
updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous
submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the
human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing, a
previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document
for them both to be accessible to HR.)
2. You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of supporting
documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose the document cover
sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in
the Selected Documents column.
3. Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop-up
containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the coversheet(s).
NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the coversheets.
Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.
4. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required
fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the
5. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is
legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax
only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with
light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible
upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for
qualification or verification purposes.
6. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax
the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the
cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing documents from more than one
category of supporting documentation, you must submit them with the
appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under
its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER
SHEET. (i.e., Transcripts are one type of document; fax all pages of
your transcript and other education-related documents under the transcript
cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than
one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)
7. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax
your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique
identification number and bar code, which ensures your document, is processed
8. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully
received by Human Resources. You should retain your email confirmation and
confirmation of your fax transmittal report as proof of submission.
Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND
INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified
under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing
date of the vacancy announcement.
** Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only
submit documents needed to complete your application package. For
example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be
submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for
appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and
former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Applicant qualifications are evaluated after the announcement
closes. The best qualified candidates are referred to the Selecting
Official for further consideration. You will be able to check your
application status in USAJOBS by going to the MY USAJOBS tab.<
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