Consumer Safety Inspector Job in
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
$45,040.00 to $64,482.00
09 to 10
Who may apply
Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
1. CURRENT eligible Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Agency
2. USDA Career Transtion Eligibles (CTAP).
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:
SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION: SCSI, GS-1862-9/10, SJ-552
86M, Cargill Meat Solutions located in
Work Schedule: 3:12 p.m. - 11:42 p.m.
As a Supervisory Consumer Safety Inspector (SCSI), you will serve as
a subordinate supervisor to a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer
(SVMO)in a large slaughter plant. You will assign, direct, review,
and evaluate the work of line Food Inspectors (FI) and off-line
Consumer Safety Inspectors (CSI).
As a Supervisory Consumer Safety Inspector you will monitor line
inspection activities, assure appropriate breaks are provided and
that relief inspectors are utilized as necessary.
You will provide training to new inspectors and to all inspectors as
needed on new inspection procedures and techniques.
In your position as a SCSI, you will verify regulatory compliance
with the full range of Sanitation and Standard Operating Procedures
(SSOP) and with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
In addition, you will verify corrective actions taken to deal with
product contamination and will prepare non-compliance
For the Supervisory Consumer Safety Inspector (SCSI) positions,
there are two basic components of your experience that together
define the qualifications.
These components are:
1. Time in Grade
2. Specialized Experience
Time in Grade:
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.
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 principlesand 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. Past or present supervisory experience will enhance
your qualifications for the vacancy.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
If you are a non-competitive eligible you MUST APPLY to this
announcement in order to be considered.
HOW WILL MY TOTAL APPLICATION 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.
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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:
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.
This is a non-bargaining unit position. If you are a non-
competitive eligible you must apply to this announcement in order to
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-10, promotion to that level may be
made without further competition.
SELECTEE WILL BE REQUIRED TO SERVE A ONE YEAR SUPERVISORY
PROBATIONARY PERIOD UNLESS PRIOR SERVICE IS CREDITABLE.
ENTITLEMENT TO THE PAYMENT OF RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE DETERMINED
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OUTLINED IN FSIS DIRECTIVE 3820.2
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: http://www.opm.gov/index.asp
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)
This position requires a pre-employment physical. Applicants must
be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job
functions, without hazard to themselves or others. These positions
require good vision (including color vision), hearing, touch and eye-
hand coordination. Applicants who use a prosthesis or mechanical aid
that satisfactorily compensates for an impaired function will be
considered. (Current employees of the Food Safety and Inspection
Service may already have a pre-employment physical)
TRAVEL REQUIRED MAY VARY DEPENDING ON GEOGRAPHICAL ASSIGNMENT.
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
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,
of Civil Rights,
20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD).
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 ON-LINE APPLICATION INCLUDES:
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
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.
WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED?
CURRENT FSIS EMPLOYEES DO NOT NEED TO FAX or MAIL ADDITIONAL
If you claim CTAP eligibility, please provide a copy of your
most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"
equivalent) and proof of eligibility, i.e., a
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
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 cover
sheet(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to
print the cover sheets. 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
DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding
cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS 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
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
After the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best
qualified and non-competitive candidates are referred to the
selecitng official for consideration.
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
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