Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) 5 / 7
Department Of Agriculture - Mariana, PR

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This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in improving and protecting public health.

SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION:

Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-5/7, SJ-518, Full performance level is the GS-9.
Establishment: 01065 M, L&M Enterprises, Inc. located in Northern Mariana Islands.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This is a Part Time Position.

- Duty Station is eligible for a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
- Patrol Assignment consisting of two inspected establishments and two import establishments.
- Red Meat slaughter/processing.
- Working 32 hours or less per week.
Species: Multiple
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in 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.

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
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.
  • FSIS UTILIZES E-VERIFY TO VERIFY IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY.
  • THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL.
  • A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THIS POSITION.
  • A TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIREMENT IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
  • CURRENT U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

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 food.
  • Veterinary Medical Officers, Food Inspectors and Consumer Safety Inspectors (slaughter) are involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry and post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways can be extremely narrow and slippery. Excellent stability and balance is required. Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks. Various environmental conditions, ranging from sub-freezing temperatures to frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees are common, with extreme humidity.
  • Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires the palpation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of abnormalities that make a product unfit for human consumption.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: There are several ways that you can meet the basic qualification requirements for the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) trainee position. They are:

  • Work Experience.
  • Education and Training.
  • A combination of education and specialized experience.
  • One full year of directly related graduate education is qualifying for GS-7.


  • 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.
    • 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. OR
    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. OR

    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.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Evaluations
    • Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If qualified, applicants will be placed into a quality category based on how well their background demonstrates the following competencies: Language (ie. Written Communication), Mathematics (ie. Basic Statistics), Information Processing (ie. Technical Comprehension), Analytical (ie. Problem Solving), Communication (ie. Providing and Receiving Feedback), Personal Characteristics (ie. Integrity). An automated ranking system based on the online application process is used. Before a certificate of names 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, c) that your resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents need to be submitted.
    • Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
    • If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or a non-competitive referral and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.
    • The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the on-line job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. These categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged.
    • Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement.
    • A Member 4 copy of the DD-214 click here must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.

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    BENEFITS: Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government .

    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.
    • We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program .
    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    • This position has a training program requirement as a condition of employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 4-week training program, the Inspection Methods course, at a designated location which may require travel outside the duty location for an extended period. This training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a CSI to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations and FSIS. 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 (depending on availability and the needs of the Agency); or if qualified, be offered another position at the same or lower grade than the position held immediately before accepting the covered position; or removal from Federal Service.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Functional Requirements/Environmental Factors: Consumer Safety Inspectors, depending on position, (slaughter, processing, or processed product inspection) may be involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry, post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry, inspection of red meat, or egg, and poultry products used for human consumption. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways can be extremely narrow and slippery. Excellent stability and balance is required. Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks. Various environmental conditions, ranging from sub-freezing temperatures to frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees are common, with extreme humidity. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of conditions that make a product unfit for human consumption. A normal sense of smell is needed to detect odors. Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires the palpation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives.
    • The above requirements are not all inclusive.
    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 selectees.
    • Completed applications for this vacancy must be received no later than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date . If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help you apply, or provide alternative methods.
    • FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED 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- 4218.
    • EEO/Diversity Policy
    • Reasonable Accommodation
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: for more information .

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