Consumer Safety Inspector - Ashland, AL

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$42,214.00 to $54,879.00


08 to 08





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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Consumer Safety Inspector 8
Salary Range:
42,214.00 - 54,879.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Monday, December 07, 2009 to Monday, December 21, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Ashland, AL
Who May Be Considered:

CURRENT eligible Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Agency

Employees Nationwide, or USDA Career Transition (CTAP) Eligibles.

Job Summary:

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater

challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in

improving and protecting public health.



Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-8, SJ-517

Establishment: P-1254, Koch Foods of Ashland LLC located in CLAY


Work Schedule: 3rd Shift, Sunday-Thursday, 8:45 p.m.-5:15 a.m.

Species: Poultry 


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.

Key Requirements:

  • Must be a CURRENT FSIS Employee or USDA Career Transition (CTAP) Eligible.
  • Training program is a condition of employment. (see Additional Information)
  • Resume documenting 52 weeks of specialized experience.
  • Meet time in grade (TIG) by completing 52 weeks at next lower grade level.
  • Background Suitability Investigation.

Major Duties:

As a CSI you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a

safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining

noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance

and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.  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.


* Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on

verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.  

You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records)of

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.  


* Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in

matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic

adulteration and misbranding).


* 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.  You will

communicate on and defend determinations on noncompliance issues and

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. 


* 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.


For the CSI positions, there are two basic components of your

experience that together define the qualifications. These are:  Time-

in-Grade (TIG) and specialized experience.  In order to meet TIG,

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 includes:

* working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products

Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry and egg products.

* working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in

order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities

* performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts

and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and

experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.


* Only CURRENT FSIS Agency employees and CTAP eligibles are eligible

to apply to this announcement.


* If you are a non-competitive applicant (reassignment, change to

lower grade, or noncompetitive re-promotion) wanting consideration

for this position, you MUST complete the full on-line application

process and/or apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System.  To

receive consideration for this position, under the Voluntary

Reassignment System, you must submit a hard copy Form 4335-3,

Employee Request for Reassignment within Field Operations. Forms

must be mailed to:  USDA, FSIS, HRO Systems Section, Butler Square

West, 4th Floor, 100 N Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN  55403.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing

procedures which govern Status candidates.  An automated ranking

system based on the on-line application process is used.  We will

carefully review your resume and your answers to the questions, to

ensure you meet the minimum qualifications.  Your resume will be

reviewed to verify that it supports the answers you submitted and

that it address 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:

*  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.

*  A pre-employment physical may be required.

*  This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies

should any occur in the announced duty location.

*  Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be

determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS


*  Salaries in some locations may be higher than the salary listed

in this announcement due to locality pay.  For a listing of locality

pay tables and locality pay information, see

*  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 TARGET Center at 202-720-

2600.  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:

Begin the application process at  If you have not

registered, you will need to register with USAJOBS.  You need to

answer all the core questions, the job specific questions and submit

your resume on-line.  Your resume should include detailed work

experience, education and training relevant to this position. 

Applicants who do not answer all the questions and who do not submit

a supporting resume on-line will be rated ineligible.  You must

complete and submit your application on-line 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 this

announcement can provide assistance to help you apply or provide

alternative methods.

Required Documents:

Current FSIS Agency employees do not need to submit additional



Only CTAP eligibile applicants are required to provide a copy of

their most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"

or equivalent), proof of eligibility (a RIF separation notice or

Certification of Expected Separation) and a SF-50 noting current

position, grade level and duty location.  CTAP documents must be

sent via fax during the USAJOBS on-line application process and must

be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the

vacancy announcement.  Before faxing CTAP documents, make sure they

are legible and all information is complete and signed.  Illegible

documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purpose. 

Use a separate cover sheet for each category of documentation. 

Select the cover sheet to print by selecting the appropriate check

boxes in the Selected Documents column.  Print the cover sheets.  A

window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected;

you must allow pop-ups.  After reviewing the list of documents and

printing the fax cover sheets, click Done.  You will receive an e-

mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human

Resources. You should retain your your e-mail confirmation and the

fax transmittal report as proof of your submission.

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:

Applicant qualifications are evaluated after the position closes. 

The best qualified and non-competitive applicants will be referred

to the selecting official for consideration.  You  will be able to

check your application status in USAJOBS by going to the MY


EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1753520

Control Number: 85001631


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





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