Food Inspector Eggs - Sioux Center, IA

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$42,214.00 to $60,612.00


08 to 09





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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:
Food Inspector (Eggs) GS-1863-8/ 9
Salary Range:
42,214.00 - 60,612.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 to Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Sioux Center, IA
Who May Be Considered:
Current FSIS employees of the Des Moines District only and USDA Career Transition Eligibles (CTAP).
Job Summary:
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater
challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in
protecting public health!
SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION: Food Inspector (Processed Products),
Est. 01223G, SiouxPreme Egg Products,located in Sioux County County.
Work Schedule: M-F 3:00pm -11:20pm
Species: Egg
As a Food Inspector, you will serve as the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC)
at an egg products plant and will be responsible for monitoring
processing procedures involving extensive and technically complex
formulations and/or high volume operations.
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:

  • Please register with USAJOBS! FSIS is integrated with the USAJOBS system.

Major Duties:
As a Food Inspector (Eggs), here are some of the duties you will
be assigned to do;
You will serve as the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) at an egg
products plant and will be responsible for monitoring processing
procedures involving extensive and technically complex formulations
and/or high volume operations.
You will prepare and maintain a variety of reports and records
related to the work such as egg product surveillance/sampling,
temperature checks, pasteurization tests, formulations, water
reports, relabeling, incoming product certificates, and production
You will select representative samples for laboratory analysis and
may monitor the shipping and receiving of tankers of egg products.
As a Food Inspector, you will have the primary responsibility for
maintaining relations with plant managers and owners on long-range
development programs for correcting deficiencies or problem areas
including non-compliance with regulations, explaining new
procedures, maintenance of complicated processing equipment,
sanitation, etc.
You will contribute to a productive and non-discriminatory work
For the Food Inspector (Eggs) positions, there are two
basic components of your experience that together define the
qualifications. These components are:
Time-in-Grade and
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.  For example, if you are
applying for the GS-9 level, you will need to have completed 52
weeks at the GS-8 level within 30 days after the closing date of
this announcement.
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
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 principles and 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.
Applications for noncompetitive consideration (reassignment, change
to lower grade, or noncompetitive re-promotion) may also be
considered under the Voluntary Reassignment System.  Noncompetitive
applicants who wish to be considered under the Voluntary
Reassignment system must submit FSIS Form 4335-3, Employee Request
for Reassignment, in order to receive consideration.
How You Will 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.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:
Other Information:
NOTE:  Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be
determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS
Directive 3820.2.
Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill
additional, like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty
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:
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 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
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,
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:
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
vacancy announcements.
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.
Required Documents:
If you currently hold or have previously held a permanent federal
position at the GS-9 or higher, you are considered a "non-
competitive" eligible and you may also apply for this vacancy by
applying to the Voluntary Reassignment list. In order to apply to
the Voluntary Reassignment list Form 4335-3 must be submitted to our
systems section.
Applications received in Government postage and fees paid envelopes
will not be considered.
Contact Information:
Jeanne Horn or Gwen Olson
Phone: 612-659-8608
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2062
What To Expect Next:
After the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best
qualified and non-competitive candidates are referred to the
selecitng official for consideration.<
EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1762228

Control Number: 85167001


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





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