Consumer Safety Inspector - Up to 5K Recruitment Incentive
Company: FSIS - USDA
Posted on: May 13, 2022
- YOU WILL/MAY:
- 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.
- Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing
establishment's Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet
- Execute Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans
effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of
- Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on
verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and
prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records) of
non-compliance with regulatory requirements.
- 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 plant's
SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs.
- Communicate and defend determinations on non-compliance issues
and discuss plans for addressing non-compliance.
- Work with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify
differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food
safety or consumer protection requirements.
- Advise other Agency inspectors, supervisors and officers on
inspection and enforcement matters for which you are
- 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.
- Be involved in performing health and safety verification
sampling and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g.,
salmonella, listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants.
- Assure that products approved for import are in full compliance
with all applicable Federal regulations governing the importation
of meat and poultry products.
- Authorize entry of all meat or poultry products considered to
comply with Federal regulations or refuse entry of any products
which violate any of the requirements for admission into this
- Coordinate with other Federal agencies (e.g., the Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) on such matters as animal health restrictions and
refused entry lots.
Conditions of Employment
- Must submit a resume documenting 52 weeks of specialized
- Training as a condition of employment (TCOE) is required. 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.
- Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust
security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National
Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI).
- Selectee may be subject to satisfactory completion of one year
probationary or trial period.
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Passing a pre-employment medical examination is
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a
Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service
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 by
the closing date of this announcement or the appropriate education
substitution. See specialized experience definitions below.
For all grade levels:
This experience should encompass at least two 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
- Skill in maintaining effective personal contacts with a variety
For the GS-05 Level: -At least 52 weeks of qualifying experience
gained under close supervision 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.
For the GS-07 Level: -In addition to the qualifications above,
incumbents are expected to perform standard and recurrent duties on
an independent basis. Your resume should demonstrate at least 52
weeks of experience in independently carrying out routine, standard
assignments on a regular and recurring basis 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.
Such experience may have been acquired in work such as consumer
safety inspector or inspection aide, 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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional,
philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards, -.
The duties of a Consumer Safety Inspector are performed in a
hazardous working environment. For additional information, please
click -. The below requirements are not an all-inclusive list.
Failure to fully meet a functional requirement is not automatically
- Be physically and medically able to efficiently perform the
essential job functions, without being a direct threat to
themselves and others.
- Have full range of motion to perform rapid repetitive twisting
and working with arms above shoulder level.
- Be able to stand and walk on slippery and uneven floors and
catwalks, and climbing stairs and ladders.
- Be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 30 pounds, with
occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
- Have manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms, hands,
and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands.
- Have good near and distance vision, be free of chronic eye
disease and have correctable vision of at least 20/40 in one
- Have the ability to distinguish shades of color. Any
significant degree of color blindness (more than 25 percent error
rate on approved color plate test) may be disqualifying.
- Individuals with some hearing loss and/or requiring hearing
amplification will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Education may be used to qualify in lieu of specialized experience
as described below.
For the GS-05 level: -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.
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% of the education requirement, then you
will need 67% of the specialized experience requirement.
For the GS-07 Level: -One full year of directly related graduate
education is qualifying for GS-7.
A combination of education and specialized experience. In this
instance, only graduate education directly related to the work of
the position 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% of the education
requirement, then you will need 67% of the specialized experience
This is a Bargaining Unit position covered by the National Joint
Council (NJC) of Food Inspection Locals.
This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies
should any occur in the announced duty location(s).
THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL. (Applicants hired
under CTAP) -.
FSIS offers incentives to newly hired Consumer Safety Inspectors in
difficult-to-staff locations! Incentives are offered based on
agency needs and budgetary availability.. For more information on
difficult-to-staff duty locations and incentives that -MAY -by
available, click -.
Applicants may be eligible for Creditable Service for Annual Leave
If you are selected for a position with further promotion
potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and
may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete
requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion
is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Must be able to read, speak, write and effectively communicate in
the English language.
Direct Deposit: -Per Public Law 104-134 every Federal employee is
required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a
financial institution of that employee's choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system
to confirm the employment eligibility for all new hires. If you are
selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present
for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through
the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required
to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued
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.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication of program information (Braille, large print,
audiotape, etc.) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center @
202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply
because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial
difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.
See more information at: -
Assignment Restrictions: -FSIS Directive 4735.9, Office of Field
Operations Assignment Restrictions and Rules on Gifts from
Regulated Industry -, sets out the Agency's specific procedures
regarding ethical employee conduct related to employee assignment
restrictions and gifts from regulated establishments. Please click
on this - -and read directive prior to applying.
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