Food Inspector Job - GRAND ISLAND, NE

Vacancy No.

UM188899

Department

Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Salary

$29,726.00 to $47,864.00

Grade

05 to 07

Perm/Temp

Permanent

FT/PT

Full-time

Open Date

8/1/2008

Close Date

8/15/2008

Job Link

Application instruction listed in job description

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Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:
UM188899


Food Inspector
Salary Range: 29,726.00 - 47,864.00 USD per year
Open Period: Friday, August 01, 2008
to Friday, August 15, 2008
Series & Grade: GS-1863-05/07
Position Information: Full-Time  Permanent
Promotion Potential: 07
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Grand Island area, NE 3 vacancies - Lexington, NE
Who May Be Considered:

All U.S. Citizens; current or previous Federal employment is not required. All qualified, interested candidates are encouraged to apply.


Job Summary:

As a Food Inspector, you will be providing the first line of defense by ensuring that regulated meat, poultry, and egg product establishments produce safe products by executing appropriate inspection methods. As an employee of one of the largest public health agencies in the U.S. Government, you too can have the satisfaction of protecting public health through food safety and food defense.


Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.



Major Duties:

Entry-level positions filled through this announcement will work in a meat or poultry slaughter plants. Your role as a new Inspector would be to examine food animals in privately or publicly owned meat or poultry plants. You would ensure that the product is fit to eat and in compliance with Federal laws. Inspection is performed before and after slaughter to ensure that the product is not contaminated and that sanitation procedures are maintained.

For most Food Inspectors, however, this is just the start of their career. The majority of our Inspectors are eventually promoted into positions that inspect processed meat and poultry products. This includes frozen dinners, canned goods, and cured and smoked products. In processing plants, an Inspector reviews, verifies and monitors plant operations and records, and determines compliance with regulations. Many career paths are possible.

As a Federal official, you will be required to uphold the integrity of the regulatory process. You will acquire the skills necessary to balance industry desire for productivity against public right to protection against unsafe or inferior food products.



Qualifications:

You can qualify based on either education OR experience, but not a combination of the two.

Qualifying at the GS-5 level based on EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must have one year of qualifying specialized experience OR a 4-year degree, which included 12 semester hours in any combination of courses, listed above to qualify at the GS-5 level. Applicants must apply through announcement UM188899 to be considered at this grade level. Applicants currently eligible on this register need not apply again.This experience should show qualifying knowledge, judgment, interpretive ability, and technical skills. Your experience must be related to a finished product where there are specific standards. You must provide specific examples on your resume to show that you qualify. Specialized experience may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

1. Work experience processing food in a slaughter or processing plant, or a comparable production activity, which prepares food for human consumption. (Not all experience in a slaughter or processing plant is creditable.)

2. Work experience as a meat cutter/butcher in a wholesale or retail meat/poultry business. The experience must include a full range of responsible duties to be qualifying.

3. Work experience performing Quality Control tests and/or laboratory tests. This experience must be in the food industry or other similar environments, working with products that are consumed by humans or animals.

4. Work experience as a manager or supervisor in the food or livestock industry. This experience in the food industry must demonstrate effective skills in communicating job requirements, evaluating results of work methods or processes, applying instructions, and interpreting standards or instructions.

5. Work experience preparing food as a chef or cook in a large-scale commercial establishment. This experience must demonstrate responsibility for proper food preparation, handling and sanitation practices. Fast food experience as a grill attendant, serving line attendant, or cashier does not demonstrate possession of these skills.

6. Work experience as a Veterinary Technician. This experience must include conducting lab tests, assessing animals and/or partial examination of animals, performing necropsies, monitoring animals under anesthesia or other Vet Tech work involving standards and decisions.

Qualifying at the GS-7 level: To qualify at the GS-7 level, applicants must have one year of full-time regulatory experience as a state, federal or military food inspector. Education cannot be substituted for experience to qualify above the GS-5 level. Applicants must apply through announcement number UM188899 to be considered at this grade level. Applicants currently eligible on this register need not apply again.

Qualifying at the GS-5 level based on EDUCATION:

You may qualify at the GS-5 level based on successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a degree at an accredited college or university that included 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, zoology, veterinary medicine, food technology, mathematics, or appropriate agricultural sciences. Those within 9 months of graduating may apply.

If qualifying by education, you must provide a copy of your official transcript(s). Applicants who do not provide a copy of their official transcript(s), or provide only an unofficial transcript(s) will be rated ineligible.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

The duties of a Food 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 are 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. Applicants are required to pass a pre-employment physical. The above requirements are not all inclusive.

You must be a United States citizen to apply.

A Background Investigation is required for entry into the Federal Service. Incumbent will be subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

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 800-877-8339 (TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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 1-888-464-4218.

To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


How You Will Be Evaluated:

You can qualify based on either education OR experience, but not a combination of the two.

Qualifying at the GS-5 level based on EXPERIENCE:

To qualify at the GS-5 level based on experience you must have one year specialized experience that was obtained after your 16th birthday. The experience must show qualifying knowledge, judgment, interpretive ability, and technical skills. Your experience must be related to a finished product where there are specific standards. You must provide specific examples to show that you qualify. Specialized experience may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

1. Work experience processing food, in a slaughter or processing plant, or a comparable production activity which prepares food for human consumption. (Not all experience in a slaughter or processing plant is creditable.)

2. Work experience as a meat cutter/butcher in a wholesale or retail meat/poultry business. The experience must include a full range of responsible duties to be qualifying.

3. Work experience performing Quality Control tests and/or laboratory tests. This experience must be in the food industry or other similar environments, working with products that are consumed by humans or animals.

4. Work experience as a manager or supervisor in the food or livestock industry. This experience in the food industry must demonstrate effective skills in communicating job requirements, evaluating results of work methods or processes, applying instructions, and interpreting standards or instructions.

5. Work experience preparing food, as a chef or cook in a large-scale commercial establishment. This experience must demonstrate responsibility for proper food preparation, handling and sanitation practices. Fast food experience as a grill attendant, serving line attendant, or cashier does not demonstrate possession of these skills.

6. Work experience as a Veterinary Technician. This experience must include conducting lab tests, assessing animals and/or partial examination of animals, performing necropsies, monitoring animals under anesthesia or other Vet Tech work involving standards and decisions.

Qualifying at the GS-7 level:

To qualify at the GS-7 level, applicants must have one year of full-time regulatory experience as a state, federal or military food inspector. Education cannot be substituted for experience to qualify above the GS-5 Level.

Most of our Inspector positions are above the GS-7 grade level, so there are plenty of opportunities for Agency employees to apply and compete for higher grade levels. This announcement covers entry-level positions, however, and only occasionally do the positions filled under this announcement have promotion potential to the GS-8 or GS-9 levels.

To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. We encourage you to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions since questions are rotated on a regular basis. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Most will find it easiest to access and complete the Online Questionnaire by clicking on the direct link noted above. If you have worked on the assessment before and saved your work, however, you must access your Questionnaire at https://www.hr-services.org/usasonlineapp/usasonlineapp.aspx.

Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be truthful and honest. Responses are subject to verification through background checks, job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Withholding requested information or presenting false or misleading statements may result in your loss of consideration for employment or your termination after employment.

Applicants should answer the following questions carefully and completely. Failure to answer each of the questions (#3-#57) may adversely affect your rating. Please answer ALL of the questions! When applying online, you may select up to five geographic zone areas where you are willing to work. As vacancies occur, the top scoring applicants who indicated an interest in a location are referred for consideration. Please select at least one geographic location (but no more than five) in which you are interested and will accept employment. If you select more than five locations, you will only be considered for your first five choices. You should list only areas where you are truly interested in working since applicants are referred and considered for only one location at a time. The location codes for this position are shown in Section #21 of the assessment found in this announcement.

Positions are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, at plants ranging from small facilities to large mechanized assembly line operations. Plants are located both in metropolitan areas and rural locations, close to animal supply sources. Also, if selected for a Food Inspector position, any move you request to a different location is likely to take two or more years.

 

Individuals must wait one year before retaking the assessment tool (questions 3-57 in Section 25, Occupational Questions). Because the occupational questions relate so closely to personal experience and personal preferences, answers are not likely to vary a great deal over a period of time less than one year.

Applicants who submit new answers to the occupational questions, after the one year waiting period has passed, may be required to provide documentation and justification regarding discrepancies between their original answers and their updated answers. If the updated answers result in a lower rating, the person retaking the assessment will receive a lower rating. If the updated answers result in a failing score, the person retaking the assessment will be rated ineligible.

 

 

STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS!

FSIS is offering student loan repayments to newly hired Food Inspectors in designated shortage locations.  Under this program, individuals with qualifying student loans will receive payments of $10,000 per person.  The amount, minus any applicable taxes, will be applied to the student loan debt directly.  Participants must be new to the federal government or have had a break of service of at least 90 days.  They must also sign a three year service agreement.  For a complete list of designated shortage locations, check the website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Careers/How_to_Apply_Food_Inspector/index.asp.  Loan repayments using appropriated funds will be made through the existing Student Loan Repayment Authority (5 U.S.C. 5379) and USDA Departmental Regulations (DR 4050-537); and FSIS Directive 4537.1

VETERANS PREFERENCE:

Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has bee authorized. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran. (See http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp for complete information on veterans’ preference eligibility.)

CTAP/ICTAP:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN- CTAP INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN- ICTAP)

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if they meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position, including any medical qualifications and obtain a score of 85 or higher on the occupational questionnaire.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.



Benefits:

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 employees.

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 additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

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, step parents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

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: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp
This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp

Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact this OPM Service Center. If you need accommodation during the hiring process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage paid government envelope.

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 800-877-8339 (TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



How To Apply:

 

HOW TO APPLY:

 

 

To be considered, you must successfully complete each of these steps outlined below.

Step One is to carefully review the job announcement. We recommend printing and reviewing the announcement.

Step Two is to complete the online occupational questionnaire by applying to vacancy announcement UM188899. In this announcement you will find a direct link to the online assessment.

Step Three is to create and submit an application or resume. Tell us more about yourself and your work experience by creating and submitting an application or resume.

Step Four is to tell us where you heard about this position by answering the two questions listed below on your resume.

            1)  Where did you hear about FSIS?

                        a)  School/College

                        b)  Magazine

                        c)  Newspaper

                        d)  Employment Office

                        e)  Someone you know

                        f)   Internet www.USAJobs.com  

                        g)  Internet www.foodsafetyjobs.gov   

                        h)  Other

 

            2)  Please state the name or location of your answer above.

But before you begin preparing an application or resume, please consider these tips:

---List information on all jobs that are relevant.

---Provide specific and detailed information about your duties.

---Include all starting and ending dates (month/year), plus the number of hours per week, for each job you have held.

Job Information:

-Vacancy Identification Number, title and grade(s) for which you are applying.

-Where did you hear about FSIS? (See Step Four of 'How to Apply' for more information. For example, if you heard about FSIS through a newspaper, you would indicate on your resume #1C - Newspaper and list the name of the newspaper.)

Personal Information:

- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

- Social Security Number. Giving your Social Security Number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it.

- Country of Citizenship.

- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

Education:

- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.

- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.

- Major field(s) of study.

- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience: For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

- Job title.

- Duties and accomplishments.

- Number of hours per week.

- Employer's name and address.

- Supervisor's name and phone number.

- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

- Salary.

- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Other Qualifications:

- Job-related training courses (title and year).

- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)

- Job-related certificates and licenses.

- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

You may submit your resume for this vacancy announcement online.

OR

You can directly email a Word or Text document to: foodinspectorapps@fsis.usda.gov .

In the Subject lines of your email include the Vacancy Identification Number UM526748.

Be sure you provide all of the information requested below (and mentioned previously in this announcement):

- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

-ONLY the Last four digits of your Social Security Number (For security and privacy purposes)


Contact Information:

Systems Section
Phone: (800) 370-3747
Fax: (612) 370-2060
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Email: foodinspectorapps@fsis.usda.gov
Or write:
United States Department Of Agriculture
Bulter Square West
100 Nth 6th St., Suite 420 C, Systems Section
Minneapolis, MN 55403
US
Fax: (612) 370-2060


What To Expect Next:

Qualifying candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Applicants who are selected are required to complete a one-year probationary period.



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:
United States Department Of Agriculture
Bulter Square West

100 Nth 6th St., Suite 420 C, Systems Section
Minneapolis, MN 55403
US

Fax: (612) 370-2060
For questions about this job:
Systems Section
Phone: (800) 370-3747
Fax: (612) 370-2060
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Email: foodinspectorapps@fsis.usda.gov


Control Number: 1297549

 

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

 

 

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