Food Safety and Inspection Service Food Inspector (Imports) in Mullica Hill, New Jersey

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SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION: Food Inspector (Imports), GS-1863-09, SJ-542 Establishment: I-182, Mullica Hill Cold Storage, Inc. located in Gloucester county Work Schedule: 1st Shift, Mon - Fri, 7:00am to 3:30pm. This position will rotate with positions located in Vineland, NJ (2 separate assignments) and Mullica Hill, NJ. Activity: Imports Species: Multiple

Salary Range: GS-09: $54,641 - $71,035

  • All applicants (including FSIS employees) must provide a copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that includes, tenure and career-conditional/career status and preferably includes position title, series and grade.[Note: FSIS bargaining unit employees are exempted from this requirement in accordance with the Labor Management Agreement]
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position covered by the National Joint Council (NJC) of Food Inspection Locals. Learn more about this agency
Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as an import Food Inspector in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in a location where quantities of meat and poultry products imported into the United States are presented for re-inspection. Below are some of the duties you may perform:

  • Monitor and enforce food security requirements at sites where import inspection is conducted to detect conditions that threaten the imported food supply and present a risk of national security.
  • Verify the accuracy of labels and foreign health certificates. Examine products and containers to determine if the imported food is sound, wholesome, unadulterated, and otherwise meets U.S. requirements.
  • Receive and process either paper or electronic health certificates from foreign countries. Make initial data entries in the Public Health Information System (PHIS).
  • Collect, prepare, and ship samples for laboratory examination. Samples are selected according to a computer prescribed “inspection assignment” and statistical sampling techniques.
  • Issue notification to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), brokers, importers, etc. of products refused entry into the United States. Assure such products are controlled and properly secured.
  • Coordinate with other Federal agencies (e.g., the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and CBP on such matters as animal health restriction and refused entry lots.
  • Ensure accurate shipment data entry into the Automated Import Information System, along with complete inspection results. Prepare periodic reports of inspection activities. Receive, review, and process required certifications.
  • 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 refuses entry of any products which violate any of the requirements for admission into this country.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel varies depending on the geographical location of the assignment.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current permanent Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees with competitive status and USDA CTAP/RPL eligibles.

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1863 Food Inspection

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Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

If you are a current FSIS employee and a non-competitive applicant (reassignment, change to lower grade, or noncompetitive repromotion) wanting consideration for this position, you must complete the on-line application process and/or apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System. In order to apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System, you must submit a hard copy of "Form 4335-3,*Employee Request for Reassignment within Field Operations." The required form(s) must be filled out and mailed to:*

USDA, FSIS, HROD Butler Square West, Suite 420C 100 N Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55403

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days after the closing date of the announcement, including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. 1. Time-In-Grade/Time-In-Band: Applicants must have 52 weeks of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level (or its equivalent) in the Federal Service within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement to be considered for the next higher grade. (e.g. one year at the GS-08 grade level for consideration for the GS-09 grade level.)* 2. *Specialized experience: *(FI-Imports GS-9)* Applicants must have one year of progressively responsible specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-08 level). (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.) This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience. Specialized experience includes: working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry, and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.

It also includes applying, interpreting, and explaining standards; assessing food products for wholesomeness or safety; and applying communication skills to work effectively with supervisors and personnel in the food industry. Typically qualifying experience at this level is experience as an FSIS inspector at the next lower grade level (GS-8 or equivalent); this includes Egg Products inspection, Imports and/or Exports inspection, or experience as a consumer safety inspector.

  • GS-9: Advanced knowledge and experience working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts, ensuring product is wholesome and unadulterated. 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 for more information, Food Inspection Series, GS-1863.

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Additional information
  • THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL (Applicants hired under CTAP). Position Requirements

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

  • This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty location.

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applications must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your 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 employment.

  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 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. For more information visit CHCO Council.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
  • Knowledge of agency programs and basic SSOP/HACCP principles
  • Ability to maintain personal relationships with industry personnel
  • Skill in written communication
  • Knowledge of meat & poultry industry's practice
  • Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
  • Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
  • *REMINDER* Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=9ED89658-3B85-43C7-B10A-A8E200E63089

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Background checks and security clearance
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Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.


  • Resume that includes:** 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

Other required documents may include: **

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP:** Proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

Note: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. veterans preference) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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 upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. For an overview, please visit Benefits For Federal Employees.

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information visit Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete online application and the assessment questionnaire. If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions.

Alternative Methods for Applying: If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to: 612-370-2060.

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Agency contact information
Benjamin Mogensen
Phone

(612) 659-8572

TDD

1 (800) 877-8339

Fax

(612) 370-2376

Email

benjamin.mogensen@fsis.usda.gov

Address

USDA, FSIS, HROD 100 N. 6th Street, Suite 420C Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log into your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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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.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499856900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 05/30/2018

Salary: $54,641 to $71,035 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent