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Job Title:Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2014-0005

SALARY RANGE:

$35,309.00 to $56,863.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 29, 2013 to Thursday, December 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1862-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Queens, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all US Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

This position is located at Jamaica, NY. The plant is a poultry slaughter plant assignment in Two Brothers for Wholesale Chicken Inc. The work schedule is: 1st Shift from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. This position rotates with other slaughter plants in Maspeth and Brooklyn circuits.
For more information about the agency, please visit FSIS.
Salary Range: GS-5 $35,309 to $45,898; GS-7 $43,738 to $56,863.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

 

·         CURRENT U.S. CITIZENSHIP

·         MALES BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 MUST BE REGISTERED WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE

·         SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

·         SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL

·         TRAINING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT


DUTIES:

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·         Examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants.

·         Ensure that the product is fit to eat and in compliance with Federal laws.

·         Perform inspection before and after slaughter to ensure that the product is not contaminated and that sanitation procedures are maintained.

·         Verify that a food safety system within officially inspected slaughter and/or processing establishments is operating in compliance with regulations and in a way that will result in safe food.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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There are several ways that you can meet the basic qualification requirements for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) trainee position. They are:

·         Specialized Experience

·         Education

·         A combination of education and specialized experience.

·         One full year of directly related graduate education is qualifying for GS-7.


All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement. Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards: Consumer Safety Inspector Series.

 

There are no educational requirements for this position.

Specialized Experience:
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 band/grade level; this requirement must be met by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement.
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. OR
Qualifying via Education:
For the GS-5:
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.
For the GS-7:
One full year of directly related graduate education. OR
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 Education paragraph 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.

We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories; Best-Qualified; Well-Qualified; or Qualified based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may eliminate you from consideration and subsequent referral to the selecting official. Names of candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.

You will need to respond to the questions which are designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s):

·         Language (ie. Written Communication)

·         Mathematics (ie. Basic Statistics)

·         Information Processing (ie. Technical Comprehension)

·         Analytical (ie. Problem Solving)

·         Communication (ie. Providing and Receiving Feedback)


Veteran's Preference: Preference eligible’s will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Within each quality category, veteran’s preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
For additional information on entitlement click here for more information.
**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the KSA’s. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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·         The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government.

·         We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.

OTHER INFORMATION:

·         TRAINING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

·         ON THE JOB TRAINING STATEMENT

·         THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL

·         If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

·         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 meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

·         Employee will be required to complete the Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE Form 450.

·         Probationary period unless prior service is creditable.

·         Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: for more information.

·         This announcement may be used to fill additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area.

·         Selectee may be required to work occasional weekends or holidays.

·         FSIS Utilizes E-verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility. What is E-Verify? Why is it required? If you have a 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.

·         Relocation expenses will not be paid.

·         U.S. Department of Agriculture NON-Discrimination Statement

·         Reasonable Accommodation Statement

·         Functional requirements and environmental factors


HOW TO APPLY:

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Applying to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information, responses to the vacancy specific questions and submission of supporting documentation. You will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required documents. All application materials/documentation will be accepted until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
To submit a complete application:

·         Answer all core questions (completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)

·         Answer all vacancy-specific questions (completed for each job)

·         Submit your online 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.

·         Provide any supplemental documents required. (such as transcripts)

·         Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and who do not submit a supporting resume or required supporting documents will be rated ineligible.

·         If you are unable to apply Online, contact the number listed in the Agency Contact Information section prior to the closing date. An application package will be mailed out. Prior to the closing of the announcement your completed package along with any required supporting documents must be received in the HR Office. Information received after the closing date will not be accepted.


NOTE: 18 U.S.C. 1719 prohibits the use of Government franked envelopes for application packages.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to submitting your resume and addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must include the following:

·         When qualifying based on education or when education is a requirement, all applicants must submit a copy of their official transcripts. This information must include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits earned. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education. If you are selected, you will be required to have official transcripts sent directly from your college, in paper form in a sealed envelope or in a secure, certified official electronic format, to our Minneapolis Human Resources Office, prior to reporting to duty.

·         Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is required and is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit: U.S. Network for Education Information, Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

·         To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above. CTAP and ICTAP eligible’s must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. One of the following is needed as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) noting position, grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents separation. For more information.

·         Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A DD-214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and character of discharge (Member Copy 4) must be submitted. For disabled veterans, a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, also the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.

·         Fedshirevets

·         The next step of the application process is to upload or fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all 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 or received.

·         TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR TO FAX DOCUMENTS

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brian Fleming
Phone: 612-659-8563
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: Brian.Fleming@fsis.usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA, FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
Human Resources Operations Division
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-370-2062

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your status on USAJOBS. Individual notifications will not be sent. Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date and the best qualified candidates are referred to the selecting official.

Job Announcement Number:

FSIS-MCE-2014-0005

Control Number:

356493800

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