Consumer Safety Inspector Csi - Saint Johnsbury, VT

Vacancy No.



Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service


$30,772.00 to $49,553.00


05 to 07





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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 (CSI) 5 / 7
Salary Range: 30,772.00 - 49,553.00 USD per year
Open Period: Thursday, April 30, 2009
to Thursday, May 14, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-1862-05/07
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - St Johnsbury, VT
Who May Be Considered:

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


Job Summary:



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


Duty Hours: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday - Friday

EST. 8868 - PT Farm LLC

Meat processing and meat slaughter


This position does not rotate.


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:


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.

Key Requirements:

  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Major Duties:

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.


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 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

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.


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:

Other Information:

Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS will begin operating under the Public

Health Human Resources System (PHHRS), a Pay Banding and Pay for

Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-bargaining unit

positions will be classified by career path, occupational series,

and pay bands rather than the traditional General Schedule (GS)

grades in the Federal Service.  This position will be included in



PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional

candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. 

Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay

increase based upon performance.


For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay

tables and how it will benefit employees, please 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.

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


Required Documents:

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



***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.


DD Form 214 (Military Discharge Papers and Separation Documents) The

Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the

veteran's condition of discharge - honorable, general, other than

honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct. (This document is needed if

claiming veteran's preference when applying for announcements that

is opened to "All US Citizens," or applying under VEOA or VRA. 

Current FSIS employees must also provide this documentation when

applying to announcements opened to "All U.S. Citizens." For more

information go to


SF-15 (Application for 10 Veterans Preference) the information on

this form, along with any accompanying required documents, will be

used to determine whether you are entitled to 10-point veterans'



VA Ltr (An official statement from the Department of Veterans

Affairs certifying to the present existence of the veterans service-

connected disability.)


SF-50 - (Notification of Personnel Action) Current or former Federal

employees must submit a copy of most recent SF-50, "Notification of

Personnel Action", reflecting grade, title, series, and annual pay.

Current FSIS employees do not need to provide these documents in

order to be considered for vacancy announcements.


College Transcripts - Transcripts are required only if applying to

positions with a positive education requirement.  Please look at

the "Qualifications" portion of the vacancy announcement to see if

education is required.  If education is required, your transcripts

and or course slip must include course title, school name/location,

date completed, grade, and number of credits.


Schedule A Certification - If applying for the position under a

Schedule A appointment, applicants must provide proof of their

disability by submitting documentation. For more information go to


ICTAP/CTAP - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Interagency

Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  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. Click here: for more information or go to


Performance Appraisal:  A performance Appraisal is not needed if you

are a current FSIS employee or if you are a non-federal government





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


Contact Information:

Shannon Sarbo
Phone: 612-659-8564
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2376

What To Expect Next:

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.

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 Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2376
For questions about this job:
Shannon Sarbo
Phone: 612-659-8564
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339

Control Number: 1551506


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



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