Food Inspector Eggs - Oskaloosa, IA

Vacancy No.



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 Job Announcement Number:

Food Inspector (Eggs) GS-1863- 8/9
Salary Range: 42,214.00 - 60,612.00 USD /year
Open Period: Monday, July 20, 2009
to Monday, August 03, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-1863-08/09
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Oskaloosa, 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!


SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION: Food Inspector (Processed Products),

GS-1863-8/9, SJ-509

Establishment: 339G, Oskaloosa Foods located in MAHASKA County.

Work Schedule: Position primarily egg product inspection but will

also be used in CSI position. Tour of Duty: District Relief

Species: Egg


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, 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 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.


As a Food Inspector, you will serve as the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC)

at an egg products plant and will be responsible for monitoring

processing procedures involving extensive and technically complex

formulations and/or high volume operations.

Key Requirements:

  • Please register with USAJOBS! FSIS is integrated with the USAJOBS system.

Major Duties:

As a Food Inspector (Eggs), here are some of the duties you will

be assigned to do:


You will serve as the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) at an egg

products plant and will be responsible for monitoring processing

procedures involving extensive and technically complex formulations

and/or high volume operations.


You will prepare and maintain a variety of reports and records

related to the work such as egg product surveillance/sampling,

temperature checks, pasteurization tests, formulations, water

reports, relabeling, incoming product certificates, and production



You will select representative samples for laboratory analysis and

may monitor the shipping and receiving of tankers of egg products.


As a Food Inspector, you will have the primary responsibility for

maintaining relations with plant managers and owners on long-range

development programs for correcting deficiencies or problem areas

including non-compliance with regulations, explaining new

procedures, maintenance of complicated processing equipment,

sanitation, etc.


You will contribute to a productive and non-discriminatory work



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 Food Inspector (Eggs) positions:   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 of

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.


Applications for noncompetitive consideration (reassignment, change

to lower grade, or noncompetitive re-promotion) may also be

considered under the Voluntary Reassignment System.  Noncompetitive

applicants who wish to be considered under the Voluntary

Reassignment system must submit FSIS Form 4335-3, Employee Request

for Reassignment, in order to receive consideration.

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

process for 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.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to

its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:

Benefit Information.

Other Information:

Condition of Employment:  This position requires a National Security

clearance.  Therefore, as a condition of continued employment, the

incumbent must successfully complete a background investigation with

a favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these

requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including

possible termination.


NOTE:  Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be

determined in accordance with the provisions outlined

in FSIS Directive 3820.2.


Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill

additional, like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty



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.


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)




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

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

Required Documents:



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 you may also apply for this vacancy by

applying to the Voluntary Reassignment list. In order to apply to

the Voluntary Reassignment list Form 4335-3 must be submitted to our

systems section.


Applications received in Government postage and fees paid envelopes

will not be considered.

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.



Control Number: 82350915


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



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