Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7 (Non-Rotating) - Oakland, CA


Department: Department Of Agriculture

Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service

Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

Job Announcement Number: FSIS-MCE-2010-0145


37,073.00 - 59,704.00 USD /year


Monday, March 08, 2010 to Wednesday, March 10, 2010








1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Oakland, CA


All U.S. Citizens; current or former Federal employment is not


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.

*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.


This position has promotion potential to the GS-9 level.

Duty Hours: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday - Friday

Establishment 18359, Dreisbach

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
this position:


  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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Additional Duty Location Info:


Oakland, CA


In 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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Qualifications and Evaluations


1. Work 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 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.

Specialized Experience:

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
the following:

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. Work 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.



Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining
Procedures. An automated rating system, based on the on-line
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 to
its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your
reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts
Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent
care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
offers over 100 optional plans. For information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For
additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program
(FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional
insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance
Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal
employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses,
and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically
covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a
three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security
Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional
information 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 Consumer Safety Inspector are performed in a
hazardous working environment. Therefore, applicants must be
physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job
functions, without hazard to themselves and others. Specifically,
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. In addition, 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 percent 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

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:

In addition, the selectee will need to provide a signed conflict of
interest statement. Conflict of interest rules prohibit an
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

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 on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact
listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help you
apply, or provide alternative methods.  

Applicants may contact the servicing human resources office during
their core business hours (8:00 am to 3:30 pm central time) prior to
the closing date to speak with someone who can provide assistance
for on-line application.


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

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


1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering on-line
in USAJOBS as part of the initial application process)

2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each

3. Your on-line resume.  Resumes are entered into USAJOBS.  Resumes
can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your
application from other word processing documents at any time prior
to the closing date.

4.  Any supplemental(supporting)documents needed.

Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and
who do not submit a supporting on-line resume will be rated


If qualifying based on education, you must submit your transcripts
and/or course slips.  These items should include course title,
school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits.

If you claim CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, please provide a copy of your
most recent performance appraisal (at least 'fully successful' or
equivalent); and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation
notice, Certification of Expected Separation, and a SF-50, noting
current position, grade level, and duty location.  

If you claim Veteran Preference please provide a copy of your DD-214
showing a honorable discharge. For veterans receiving compensation
please provide SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along
with your DD-214.

Supporting documentation should be sent using the fax imaging
instructions after you have applied for the vacancy announcement.

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


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 application process.

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

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
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 correctly.

8.  You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been
successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-
mail 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


Claudia Samson
Phone: 800-370-3747
Fax: 612-370-2377
TDD: 800-877-8339

Agency Information:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resource Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2377


You may check your status on USAJOBS.  Applications are reviewed
after the announcement closing date and the best qualified
candidates are referred to the selection official for further
consideration and possible interview.   We expect a selection will
be made within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


ncy Information:

Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resource Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2377

Questions about this job:

Claudia Samson
Phone: 800-370-3747
Fax: 612-370-2377
TDD: 800-877-8339

Job Announcement Number:

Control Number: 1837950


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