Safety Inspector - Maite, Guam, OP
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food
Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number: FSIS-MCE-2010-0131
28,726.00 - 46,261.00 USD /year
Friday, March 19, 2010 to Friday, March 26, 2010
SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Maite, Guam,
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE)
procedures and is open to US Citizens.
JOIN A GREAT FSIS TEAM!!
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, catfish and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported
to other countries is safe and correctly labeled and packaged. We
offer opportunities for future merit-based promotion, career enhancement
and professional development; flexible work schedules; and transit
subsidies in some locations. For more information about the agency,
* 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 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.
SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION:
This position has promotion potential to the GS-9 level.
Establishment: 6202, Market Wholesale Distribution - Processing
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- This announcement may be used
to fill additional 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.
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Duty Location Info:
Maite, Guam, OP
position may be filled as a GS-5/7 target 9 multi-grade ladder. At the
developmental grade levels, assignments will be of a more limited scope,
performed with less independence, and may reflect limited complexity and
personal contacts. At the developmental levels, the incumbent will be
acquiring the background necessary to function at the full performance level.
At the lower grade levels, the inspector is in a training capacity, typically
receiving both on-the-job training and formal training subject to the
Agency's Training as a Condition of Employment (TCOE) requirements. The
incumbent is in a learning mode that will prepare for assumption of the full
range of duties at the target grade level.
At the full performance level, the inspector has responsibility for
verifying a variety of HACCP processes that typically involve a
wide range of production processes or one HACCP process that involves
commercial sterility. The incumbent applies an extensive practical,
non-professional knowledge of physical, biological, and chemical
hazards in an industrial environment characterized by multiple configurations
for the manufacture of processed foods. The complexity of the manufacturing
technology and the flow of product through the plant present greater demands
because of varied hazards associated with multiple HACCP processes or
delivery of commercial sterility.
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.
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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.
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 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
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.
All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing
date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification
requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of
General Schedule Positions. Click here: for more information.
All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be
submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement.
WILL BE EVALUATED:
are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures. All
are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training
relevant to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system
based on the on-line application process is used. Before a certificate
of names 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.
The highest ranking eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating,
including additional points for Veteran's preference. Veteran's
preference WILL NOT BE granted without proof as described under the
"required documents" section of this announcement. The
highest scoring, qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting
Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant
assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is
not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from
best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Please note that "see resume" or a similarly unspecific response to
a vacancy question may disqualify you from consideration.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall
evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment questions, the core
questions, supplemental documentation submitted, and your resume. This
automated application system simplifies the application process, by replacing
the former KSA job-element questions with the on-line applicant assessment
questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for
determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position, and whether
you are found to be best qualified. Therefore, it is important to
thoroughly explain what you did and how you did it, rather than just listing
your current and former employers.
In order to ensure your resume contains the required information, please see
the Office of Personnel Management's Optional Forms 510 (Applying for a
Federal Job) and 612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), at Forms.
To preview questions please click here.
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Benefits and Other Info
for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid
vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and
participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web
address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered
to most Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefit Information.
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
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 suitability 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
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 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 online 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.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered
with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an
Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: for more information.
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How To Apply
read the instructions carefully before calling with questions. Thank
First print or review each "tab" within this job announcement
(overview, duties, qualifications and evaluations, how to apply, benefits and
Read the announcement carefully taking note of any education, qualification,
rating factors, and job-related questions or specific duties that are listed.
Next, you must begin the application process online at USAJobs. You will be required to
submit a resume, respond to core questions, and to the online vacancy
questions. Submitting a USAJobs resume, responses to the basic
qualifications, and Competency-based Assessment (on-line) is MANDATORY.
If you already have a USAJobs account, login to My Account (Tab on
USAJobs Web-Site) and edit your existing resume or create a new resume to
highlight the skills and experiences you have that relates to THIS SPECIFIC
Once you have created a vacancy-specific resume on USAJobs, return to the
announcement and select "Apply Online". Select your vacancy-
specific resume and submit it for consideration by clicking "Apply to
this position now!" This will take you to the USDA-FSIS Careers System
to answer the core questions and competency-based assessment.
Completed applications include:
1. 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 11:59 PM (Eastern
Time) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
2. Answers to all core questions (completed when registering on-line in
USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).
3. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (completed for each job).
4. Via fax imaging, providing any supplemental documents needed.
Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and who do not
submit supporting resumes will be rated ineligible.
Questions - click here Common
Q & A's About Applying For Federal Jobs on USAJobs.
qualifying on the basis of their education MUST submit their transcripts.
Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable at this time; however, you
will be required to provide official transcripts (if selected) upon entry on
Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Refer to the
Office of Personnel and the U.S. Department of Education websites. Click here
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
or Certification of Expected Separation, and a SF-50 noting current
position, grade level, and duty location.
If you are eligible for veterans preference, you MUST submit proof of your
eligibility (member 4 copy of your DD 214, SF 15, and a letter from the
Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of your disability, as
applicable). Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000
or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at click here.
To upload documents, please click here for instructions: Upload
Information. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may still
fax your documents.
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
***NOTE! Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you;
only submit documents needed to complete YOUR application package.
This announcement is opened to a variety of applicants.
Please read the instructions carefully before calling with questions.
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
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 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 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing
date of the vacancy announcement.
Sharon Monahan, SPHR
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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.
Food Safety and Inspection Service,
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Questions about this job:
Sharon Monahan, SPHR