Consumer Safety Inspector Rotates - PISCATAWAY, NJ

Vacancy No.



Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service


$33,187.00 to $53,438.00


05 to 07





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Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:

Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7 (Rotates)
Salary Range: 33,187.00 - 53,438.00 USD per year
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2008
to Monday, December 29, 2008
Series & Grade: GS-1862-05/07
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Hillsbourgh, NJ
Who May Be Considered:

All current U.S. Citizens; current or former Federal employment is

not required.


Federal employees looking to apply for this position under Merit

Promotion procedures should apply to announcement number FSIS-MMP-


Job Summary:



This position has promotion potential to the GS-9 level.


Plant Name: R.C. Fine Foods

Establishment #: 4739

Shift Times:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri

Species: Quail

This position rotates its duty station with Piscataway, NJ/

Branchburg, NJ.


This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater

challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in

protecting public health. As a trainee, you will be learning and

performing the following duties in a developmental capacity with

supervision and training.  Here's what to expect as you progress in

this position:


As a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), you will ensure that regulated

Meat and Poultry establishments produce a safe product by executing

appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with

regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance, and initiating

enforcement action, where warranted.

Key Requirements:


Major Duties:

As a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), your role will be to examine

food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants. You will

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.  The incumbent will also be required to perform

duties to 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



1. Work Experience: To qualify based only on work experience, you

must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the

experience that would have been gained if working in this position

or a similar, closely related position at the next lower level. See

specialized experience definition.




2. Education and Training:


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.




3. 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 number 2 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.


4. One full year of directly related graduate education is

qualifying for GS-7.


Specialized Experience:


In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will

need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible

specialized experience equivalent to the experience that would have

been gained if working in this position at the next lower grade

level within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement,

OR the appropriate education substitution listed above. 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.


There are several ways that you can meet the basic qualification

requirements for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) trainee

position. They are:


1. Work Experience.

2. Education and Training.

3. A combination of education and specialized experience.


4. One full year of directly related graduate education is

qualifying for GS-7.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining

Procedures. An automated rating system, based on the on-line

assessment and 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.

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:

Future promotion is not guaranteed and depends on demonstrated

performance and ability to assume additional responsibility.  The

selectee will not be required to reapply or compete again for

promotion to the full performance level of this position.




Condition of Employment:


This position has a training program requirement as a condition of

employment.  If selected, you must successfully complete a multi-

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 and length of

time you will need to attend the training will be based on the types

of HACCP processes you will be expected to verify in the

establishment(s) to which you will be assigned in this new

position.  For example, if the position is assigned to conduct

verification activities in plants producing raw products, two weeks

of FSRE training will be required.  If your assignment covers

establishments with not shelf stable, ready-to-eat/not ready-to-eat

processes, you will attend the three-week FSRE course.  If your

assignment involves verification activities for shelf stable

products, you will also be required to attend the two-week shelf

stable FSRE training.   If you successfully completed some or all of

the required training previously, the number of weeks required may

be adjusted. 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 removal

from Federal Service.


This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical.


The duties of a Consumer Safety 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

is 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. The above requirements are not all



Background Investigation/Suitability:


Selectee will be subject to receiving a satisfactory background

investigation, and will also need to complete an OF-306, Declaration

for Federal Employment prior to appointment to determine suitability

for federal employment. This document asks for disclosure of

information relating to arrests, employment terminations, and

other suitablitiy issues.


Conflict of Interest:


In addition, the selectee will need to provide a signed conflict of

interest statement. Conflict of interest rules prohibit an

appointment to a position at an establishment where an individual

has been previously employed for more than 90 days during the

preceding year. There are several other types of conflict of

interest situations explained in detail on the form given to



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

listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help you

apply, or provide alternative methods. 




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-





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 (202) 720-

2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination, write

to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,

W.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or

(202)720-6382 (TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and



This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with

disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part

of the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the

closing date.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will

be on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering on-line

in USAJOBS as part of the initial application process)


2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each



3. Your on-line 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.


4.  Any supplemental(supporting)documents needed (transcripts if

qualifying on education).


Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and

who do not submit a supporting documents and a supporting on-line

resume will be rated ineligible.


Announcement closes at midnight eastern time on the closing date.

Required Documents:

If qualifying based on education, you must submit your transcripts

and/or course slips.  These items should include course title,

school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be

well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special

priority selection. To be well-qualified and exercise selection

priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated

at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those

instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with

scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest

score on the best qualified list. If you claim CTAP/ICTAP

eligibility, please provide a copy of your most recent performance

appraisal (at least 'fully successful' or equivalent); and proof of

eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice, Certification of

Expected Separation, and a SF-50, noting current position, grade

level, and duty location.  Click here: for more information.


Veteran preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated

from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least

three consecutive years of active duty may also be considered. A DD-

214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and

character of discharge (Member Copy 4) MUST BE submitted to verify

eligibility. Future Military Retirees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL

LEAVE: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD-214

or a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal

leave request. Future Military Separatees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON

TERMINAL LEAVE: You are required to submit a copy of your most

recent DD-214 and/or a copy of your most recent active duty orders

AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). Click

here: for more information.


Supporting documentation should be sent using the fax imaging

instructions after you have applied for the vacancy announcement.


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, the 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 them both 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

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 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

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



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

you are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50

cover sheet.)


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


Contact Information:

Brian Fleming
Phone: 612-659-8563
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2376

What To Expect Next:

You may check your status on USAJOBS.  Applications are reviewed

after the announcement closing date and the best qualified

candidates are referred to the selection official for further

consideration and possible interview.   We expect a selection will

be made within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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
, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2376
For questions about this job:
Brian Fleming
Phone: 612-659-8563
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339

Control Number: 1424346


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




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