Consumer Safety Inspector - Ames, IA

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Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service


$42,214.00 to $60,612.00


08 to 09





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Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:

Consumer Safety Inspector 8/9
Salary Range: 42,214.00 - 60,612.00 USD per year
Open Period: Monday, April 13, 2009
to Monday, April 27, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-1862-08/09
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Ames, IA
Who May Be Considered:

Current FSIS 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. Here's what to expect:



Establishment: 6829A, Burke Marketing Corp located in STORY County.

Work Schedule: Patrol Assignment covering 3 establishments.


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.

Key Requirements:

  • Please register with USAJOBS! FSIS is integrated with the USAJOBS system.
  • Must be a CURRENT FSIS Employee or USDA Career Transition Eligible-CTAP

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. 


In your position as a CSI, 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 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.  


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.  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. 


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.


For the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) positions, there are two

basic components of your experience that together define the

qualifications. These components are:


Time-in-Grade and

Specialized Experience



In order to meet time-in-grade, you will need to have

completed 52 weeks at the next lower grade level within 30 days of

the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized Experience for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI)


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 is experience working with the

Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to

inspect meat, poultry and egg products. This experience also

includes 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.


If you currently hold or have previously held a permanent federal

position at the GS-9 or higher, you are considered a "non-

competitive" eligible and may apply on-line to this announcement

and/or be considered by applying to the Voluntary Reassignment



To receive consideration for this position, under the Voluntary

Reassignment System,. Form 4335-3 must be submitted for

noncompetitive consideration (reassignment, change to lower grade,

or noncompetitive re-promotion).   Noncompetitive applicants submit

a hard copy Form 4335-3, Employee Request for Reassignment within

Field Operations.  Completed forms should be submitted to:  USDA,

FSIS, HRFO Internal Placement Systems Section, Butler Square West,

4th Floor, 100 N Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN  55403.

How You Will Be Evaluated:


There are several parts of the application process that affect the

overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment

questions, the core questions 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

processfor determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the

position and whether you are found to be best qualified. It is

therefore important to explain what you did and how you did it,

rather than just listing your current and former employers.


Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing

procedures which govern Status candidates.  All are rated on the

extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to

the duties of the position.  An automated scoring system based on

the on-line 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.




You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits

program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:


Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:


New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees

Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another

agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More



You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:


You will earn sick leave. More info:


You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your

regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

Other Information:

Condition of Employment:


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. 


Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill

additional, like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty



If selection is made below GS-9, promotion to that level may be made

without further competition.


Salaries in some locations may be higher than the salary listed in

this announcement due to locality pay.  For a listing of locality

pay areas, pay tables and counties within the

locality pay areas:


A background investigation is a requirement for this position. 

Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion

of a background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure

to successfully meeting these requirements could lead to adverse

action proceedings including possible termination. (Current

employees of the Food Safety and Inspection Service may already have

the required background investigation)



The law prohibits political recommendation for employment or other

personnel actions (including promotion, reassignment, detail, etc.)

in the competitive service.  Federal agencies may not accept or

consider such recommendations (either oral or written) from members

of Congress, elected State and local government officials, political

party officials, or others based on political affiliation.




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-






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



This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants

with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation

for any part of the application and hiring process, please

notify the agency.  Decisions on granting reasonable

accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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:



Registration with USAJOBS, including answering any questions and

submitting an on-line resume with USAJOBS.


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


Answers to core questions the first time you apply to our upgraded



Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and

who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.


Applicants can check their general status, as it is updated by going

to USAJOBS.  Because of these capabilities, the Human Resources

Division will no longer send email or hardcopy notifications ("non-

select letters") to applicants regarding the outcome of on-line FSJO

vacancy announcements.


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

person listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help

you apply or provide alternative methods. Applicants may contact the

servicing human resources office during core business hours(8:00


to 3:30 p.m. central time) prior to the closing date.

Required Documents:




DOCUMENTS (i.e., SF-50, Transcripts, Performance Appraisals or



If you claim CTAP 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 hard copy documents are being submitted by you for career

transition assistance, the documents must be received via fax during

the USAJOBS registration process.


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, 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 both of them 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



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


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:

After the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best

qualified and non-competitive candidates are referred to the

selecitng official for consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Send Mail to:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2007
For questions about this job:
Merri Stellburg
Phone: 800-370-3747 x 8541
Fax: 612-370-2007
TDD: 800-877-8339

Control Number: 1531986


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.




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