Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry) - Agricultural Marketing Service

Status: Part-time position

Location: Guthrie Center, IA

Deadline Date: 6/11/13

Date Available:

Job Summary: You will serve as the sole resident grader in a plant or as the grader responsible for a separate shift in a multi-grader plant. Assignments are performed in poultry processing or packing plants and/or shell egg plants and may involve details and/or reassignments to different geographical areas as determined by management.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

Qualifications: Education
Four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.

One full year of graduate level education in a related field of study, such as agriculture, mathematics, engineering, science, business, or economics;


Superior Academic Achievement
To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements.

General Experience at the GS-5 Grade Level Applicants must have three years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service (experience may have been obtained in private or public sectors), that demonstrates the ability to (1) analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; (2) plan and organize work; and (3) communicate effectively orally and in writing. General experience may have been gained from quality assurance, food processing, some farm experience, and/or technical, administrative work. Experience must provide evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position and show decision making responsibilities. General clerical experience (typing, filing, routine processing, or other non-specialized repetitive tasks) is not creditable.

Specialized Experience at the GS-7 Grade Level Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to
Specialized experience is that which has been gained in production, quality control, inspection (if such experience involves quality determination), research or receiving of agricultural commodities which involves making quality determinations using an applicable grading standard. Experience may have been gained in chain stores, military, or manufacturing.

Combination of Education & Experience at the GS-5 and GS-7 Grade Levels
Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

Duties: Acts as officially designated contact and maintains relations with plant management and employees explaining decisions, obtaining corrections in sanitation, processing or storage conditions; explaining grading activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plan activities.
May examine product to determine conformance with approved contract specifications such as grade, weight, packaging and packing, and quantity for various types of contracts. Prepares and issues certificates as required.
Monitors the plant and processing operations to assure that the plant remains in compliance with regulations with respect to operating procedures and, in shell egg plants, to assure that facilities and equipment are maintained in sanitary condition.
In shell egg plants, assures only approved chemicals, insecticides, and rodenticides are used; the product is labeled only with approved labels; and inedible product is appropriately identified and controlled.
Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records related to work such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issued, and administrative information.
Trains and authorizes selected plant personnel to grade according to U.S. standards and monitors their grading/inspection work.

In addition, the following duties pertain specifically to either poultry grading, or shell egg assignments.

Poultry Grading Assignments
Grades whole turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry, and/or other parts, considering such factors as class, fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight, and other conditions. Applies the official standards and regulations to determine the product's grade base upon grading results.

Shell Egg Assignments
Examines shell eggs for weight, color, soundness, texture of shell, the absence of defects, clarity of yolk outline, and clarity and firmness of albumen.
Assures proper cleaning of eggs, proper cartoning and/or packaging of shell eggs and is responsible for the final grade determination in accordance with the official standards and regulations.

To Apply: A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following
Responses to the vacancy specific questions
Supporting Documentation which may be required.

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