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#1 Posted : Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:53:52 AM(UTC)

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Does anyone know if Food inspector requires a secret clearance? I saw on the job posting that they require Q non-sensitive investigation. What is a Q nonsensitive clearance?
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Q clearance normally refers to Dept of Energy and requires the Tier 5 (security clearance) background investigation.

Are you sure you require a "Q nonsensitive clearance"?
*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
#3 Posted : Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:25:05 PM(UTC)

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Yes, thats what I saw on the announcement. I thought Food Inspectors only required public BI, any food inspector on this forum, pls comment on what clearance you had to take.

Here is the announcement
Food Inspector
Food Safety and Inspection Service




Required Documents


How to apply
Open & closing dates
05/01/2018 to 05/14/2018

$33,394 to $53,773 per year

Pay scale & grade
GS 05 - 07

Work schedule

Appointment type

19 vacancies in the following locations:

Fort Morgan, CO
1 vacancy
Greeley, CO
1 vacancy
Kuna, ID
1 vacancy
Crete, NE
1 vacancy
Show more locations (15)
Relocation expenses reimbursed

This job is open to
The public
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

This job announcement has closed
Announcement number

Control number

The locations listed in this announcement are covered by the Office of Field Operations, Denver District Office. Vacancies covered by this announcement are located in the following states: Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Permanent Recruitment: This announcement will be used to collect applications from applicants and will be used to fill vacancies as they become available. Your application is valid for 90 days following the closing date of the announcement unless otherwise notified. We are not able to predict if or when vacancies will be filled in specific geographic areas. You will be contacted when a position matching your geographic preference becomes available and you are among the best qualified applicants being considered for a position.

Learn more about this agency
Entry-level Food Inspector positions filled through this job announcement work in slaughter plants. Our Food Inspectors:
Examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants
Perform their duties before and after slaughter, guaranteeing that the product is not contaminated
Maintain sanitation procedures
Are a valued member of a dynamic team that ensures the product is fit to eat and compliant with Federal laws

To experience what it is like to work in a slaughter plant as a Food Inspector, please CLICK HERE. For additional information about training, please CLICK HERE.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
1863 Food Inspection
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Pre-employment Physical is required.
Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A 1-year probationary period is required.
Satisfactory completion of a background investigation and fingerprint check
• Must be 16 years of age
• May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
• Subject to successful completion of pre-employment medical examination

Functional and Environmental Requirements

The duties of a Food Inspector are performed in a hazardous working environment. The below requirements are not an all-inclusive list.
Applicants must:
Be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard 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
Must be free of chronic eye disease
Have good near and distance vision
Have the ability to distinguish shades of color. Any significant degree of color blindness (more than 25 percent or more error rate on approved color plate test) is disqualifying.
The ability to hear and understand conversational voice.
Applicants must meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below.

For the GS-5 level: Applicants must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience that was obtained after your 16th birthday. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's knowledge, judgment, interpretative ability, and technical skill associated with the production of a finished product which meets all prescribed standards of quality and conforms with approved production methods. Such experience may have been gained in the following:
Processing food in a slaughter, processing or manufacturing plant, or a comparable production activity which prepares food, beverages or pharmaceuticals for human consumption.
Meat cutter/butcher in a wholesale or retail meat/poultry business that includes a full range of responsible duties such as sanitation, product judgment, determinations, and/or using formulas and recipes.
Performing Quality Control tests and/or laboratory tests in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical or pet food industry or other similar environments, assuring that standards are met with products that are consumed by humans or animals.
Managing or supervising staff in the food or livestock industry demonstrating effective skills in communicating job requirements, evaluating employees' results of work methods or processes, interpreting standards or instructions and budget or payroll responsibilities.
Commercial restaurant or kitchen chef or cook responsible for proper food preparation, safe food handling and sanitation practices and judgment recognizing abnormalities in food.
Veterinary Technician conducting lab tests, assessing animals and/or partial examination of animals, performing necropsies, monitoring animals under anesthesia and administering medications.

Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university that included 12 semester hours in the biological, physical, mathematical, or agricultural sciences. All qualifications based on education will be verified. You must submit a copy of your transcripts when you apply. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating. If you are selected for a position, official transcripts must be sent directly from your college, in paper form in a sealed envelope or in a secure, certified official electronic format to our Minneapolis Human Resources Operations Division prior to reporting for duty.

For the GS-7 level: For positions above GS-5, applicants must have demonstrated one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression in the organization in which the position is being filled.

Specialized experience is regulatory food inspection work which involved either ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of red meat animals, poultry, fish, or seafood; or inspection of production of processed products involving red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or egg products.

This experience must have demonstrated:
Knowledge of general sanitation practices, laws, and regulations governing the food industry;

Knowledge of Federal laws and regulations pertaining to fitness of red meat animals, poultry, fish, or seafood for human consumption; or knowledge of Federal laws and regulations applicable to the processing of red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or egg products; and
Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors and workers in the food industry.
The resume you provide must demonstrate the required experience as referenced in the announcement or you will be rated as ineligible for the GS-7.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:
Food Inspection Series 1863

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.
NOTE: There is no educational substitution for the GS-7 level.

Additional information
• 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.
• This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
• 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.
• This is a bargaining unit designated position.
• If you are selected, 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.
• Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a National Agency Check with Inquiries security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.
• 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).
• 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: http://www.chcoc.gov/tra....aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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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.

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicant's quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

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. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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 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 Federal service.

To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.g...2-4E37-9159-A8CE00C260AD
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Q - Nonsensitive
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