Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Food Inspector (Imports) GS-1863-7/8/9 (Rotating)
Salary Range: 40,752.00 - 64,807.00 USD per year
Open Period: Friday, December 12, 2008
to Friday, December 26, 2008
Series & Grade: GS-1863-07/09
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Wilmington, CA
Who May Be Considered:
FSIS Employees Nationwide and USDA Career
position rotates to various duty stations every 3-6 months.
rotation assignments are located within 35 miles of the vacancy
the specific rotation locations are: Rancho Dominguez, CA,
Vernon, CA, Carson, CA, and Long Beach, CA.
is an excellent opportunity for those seeking
greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly
involved in protecting public health. Here's what to
position is located in the Office of International Affairs,
Inspection Division. This position
is located at or near a
port of entry where diversified quantities of meat and meat
and poultry products are imported into the United States.
- Please register with
USAJOBS! FSIS is integrated with the USAJOBS system.
- "FSIS UTILIZES
E-VERIFY TO VERIFY IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY"
a Food Inspector (Imports), here are some of the duties you will
assigned to do:
You will be responsible for
assuring that products approved
import are in full compliance with all applicable Federal
regulations governing the importation of meat and
You will be responsible for
verifying the accuracy of labels
foreign health certificates and examining products and
to determine if the product is sound, wholesome,
unadulterated, and meets U.S. requirements.
You will have the authority
to refuse entry of any meat or
or meat or poultry products which in your judgment violates
of the requirements for admission into this country, and also to
entry of all products considered to comply with Federal
You will issue notification
to customs, brokers, imports,
if products that are refused for entry and you will assure
such products are controlled and properly secure
You will be responsible for
applying heightened observation
to increase scrutiny for evidence of unusual activity related
food safety/security in the event of a declared or perceived
threat to the homeland security.
You may perform domestic
inspection on cross utilization
basis with the Office of Field Operations (OFO). As such, you will
regulatory compliance with the full range of Sanitation
Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis Critical
Point (HACCP) food safety and other inspection requirements
slaughter and/or processed products depending upon the
specific plant(s) in the assignment.
the Food Inspector (Imports) positions, there are two
components of your experience that together define the
qualifications. These components are:
order to meet time-in-grade, you will need to have
52 weeks at the next lower grade level within 30 days of
the closing date of this announcement.
order to meet the specialized experience
you will need to have completed 52 weeks of
responsible specialized experience at the next lower
level within 30 days after the closing date of this
Specialized experience is experience working with the
Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to
inspect meat, poultry and egg products. This experience
working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices
order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities, performing
mathematic and elementary statistical concepts and methods to
testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching
and interpreting conclusions.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
WILL MY TOTAL APPLICATION BE EVALUATED?
are several parts of the application process that affect the
evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment
questions, the core questions and your resume. This
system simplifies the application process by replacing
former KSA job-element questions with the
Your resume is an integral part of the
processfor determining if you meet the basic
qualifications of the
position and whether you are found to be best qualified.
important to explain what you did and how you did it,
rather than just listing your current and former
are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing
procedures which govern Status candidates. All are rated on the
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
be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed
by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum
requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the
provided to the job-specific questions and (c) that your
addresses experience and
education relevant to this position.
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may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits
program, with costs shared with your employer. More
insurance coverage is provided. More info:
employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees
System (FERS). If you are transferring from another
agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this
will earn annual vacation leave. More info:
will earn sick leave. More info:
will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your
regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:
of Employment: This position
requires a National Security
Therefore, as a condition of continued employment, the
incumbent must successfully
complete a background investigation with
a favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these
could lead to adverse action proceedings including
NOTE: Entitlement to the payment of relocation
expenses will be
in accordance with the provisions outlined
in FSIS Directive 3820.2.
selections: This announcement may be used to fill
like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty
selection is made below GS-9, promotion to that level may be made
without further competition.
law prohibits political recommendation for employment or other
personnel actions (including promotion, reassignment,
in the competitive service. Federal agencies may not accept or
such recommendations (either oral or written) from members
Congress, elected State and local government officials, political
party officials, or others based on political
in some locations may be higher than the salary listed in
this announcement due to locality pay. For a listing of locality
areas, pay tables and counties within the
pay areas: http://www.opm.gov/index.asp
LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND
ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED
FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment
by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA)
if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work
authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job
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
that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or
feel you have been discriminated during the verification process
on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the
of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).
more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-
USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits
in all its programs and activities on the basis of
color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable,
marital status familial status, parental status, religion,
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs,
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
for communication of program information (Braille, large
print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at
Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants
If you need a reasonable accommodation
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.
file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director,
of Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Ave. SW, Washington,
or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD).
How To Apply:
ON-LINE APPLICATION INCLUDES:
with USAJOBS, including answering any questions and
submitting an on-line resume with USAJOBS.
to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job).
to core questions the first time you apply to our upgraded
who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and
who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated
can check their general status, as it is updated by going
Because of these capabilities, the Human Resources
will no longer send email or hardcopy notifications ("non-
letters") to applicants regarding the outcome of on-line FSJO
applications for this vacancy must be received no later
than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing
on line poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact
listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help
you apply or provide alternative methods. Applicants may
human resources office during core business hours(8:00
to 3:30 p.m. central time) prior to the closing date.
OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED?
FSIS EMPLOYEES DO NOT NEED TO FAX or MAIL ADDITIONAL
FOR THIS VACANCY. (such as SF-50, Transcripts, Performance
you claim CTAP eligibility, please provide a
copy of your
recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"
or equivalent) and proof of eligibility,
i.e., a RIF separation
or Certification of Expected Separation and a SF-50 noting
current position, grade level and duty location.
hard copy documents are being submitted by you for career
assistance, the documents must be received via fax during
the USAJOBS registration process.
next step of the application process is
to fax all the required
documentation specified in the Required Documents section
of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have
all of your
documentation submitted in order to continue with the
online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow
instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are
properly faxed and received. All required documents must be
by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy
all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only
submit documents needed to complete your application package. For
Schedule A Certification document must only be
by individuals applying based on eligibility for
appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and
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
resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are
submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it
the previous submission, which means the previous document
is no longer available to the human resources
office. If you are
to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must
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
supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose
document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the
appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents
3. Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A
window will pop up
containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the coversheet
(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer
in order to
print the coversheets.
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
legible and all information is complete and signed, if
only documents which are clear and legible.
documents with light or faded print and/or dark or
patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon
documents cannot be used for qualification or verification
6. Place the corresponding cover sheet on
top of the document and
the cover sheet and document together to the fax number
specified on the cover sheet. NOTE:
If you are faxing
from more than one category of supporting documentation,
you must submit them with the appropriate cover sheet.
TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding
cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS UNDER ONE COVER
are one type of document; fax all pages of your
and other education-related documents under the
cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if
are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50
7. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the
event you need to re-
fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a
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-
confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as
proof of submission.
application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE
INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required
as specified under the required documents section by
Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
What To Expect Next:
the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best
and non-competitive candidates are referred to the
selecitng official for
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:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West,
Minneapolis, MN 55403
For questions about this job:
Control Number: 1423252