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Grade: 05
* 1.Entry Level Grade 5 - Choose the one answer that best describes your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have 1 or more year(s) of full-time work experience equivalent to the specialized experience requirement described in the announcement text. This experience is typically in or related to work in the Meat/Poultry or other Food Industries, Public Health or Quality inspection that involves basic skill in collecting samples and performing tests, experience with Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, maintaining written reports, and/or skill in maintaining effective personal contacts.
  2. I have successfully completed a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with at least 24 semester hours of coursework in the agricultural, biological, or physical sciences, food technology, epidemiology, home economics, pharmacy, engineering, or nutrition. I understand that I need to submit a legible copy of my transcript(s) no later than the closing date of this announcement to receive credit for my education.
  3. I have a combination of experience and education that is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. I understand that qualifying education is that which is in excess of the first 60 semester hours of college, and is in the course areas listed above. I understand I that I need to submit a legible copy of my transcript(s) no later than the closing date of this announcement. Experience is shown on my resume in months/years, is thoroughly described, and is full-time unless indicated otherwise.
  4. I do not meet any of the specialized experience or education requirements that are stated above.


Grade: 07
* 1.Grade 7 - Choose the one answer that best describes your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have 1 or more year(s) of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the requirement described in the announcement text at the next lower level. This experience is typically in or related to work in the Meat/Poultry, or other Food Industries, Public Health or Quality Inspection that involves skill in collecting samples and performing tests, experience with Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, maintaining written reports, and/or skill in maintaining effective personal contacts.
  2. I have completed 1 full year of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of this position. My graduate studies are in areas such as Food Technology, Food Science, other Agricultural, Biological, or Physical Sciences that are closely related to the work of this position. I understand that I need to submit a copy of my transcript(s) no later than the closing date of the announcement to receive credit for my education.
  3. I have a combination of work experience and graduate level coursework that is closely related to the work of this position. I understand that I need to submit my transcript(s) no later than the closing date of this announcement to receive credit for my education. My experience is shown on my resume in months/years, is thoroughly described, and is full-time unless my resume indicates otherwise.
  4. I do not meet any of the specialized experience or education requirements that are stated above.


Grade: All Grades
These position(s) are being announced at the entry level. You can meet the qualification requirements EITHER by experience equivalent to the specialized experience noted below OR by education, OR by an appropriate combination of both. In order to meet the specialized experience requirement if you are qualifying based on experience, 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. 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.While you need to meet the qualification requirements for these position(s), you may find that you do not have much experience related to some of the questions on the assessment. This is expected at the entry level, so please continue on through the assessment by answering each question to the best of your ability. Note that unless specifically cited in the question, your answers can be in response to work in other fields.

* 1.Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of education:
  1. Completed additional relevant graduate level coursework (e.g., food science, health science, public health, business administration) beyond a bachelor of science degree.
  2. Received bachelor of science degree in food science or science related field (e.g., animal science, meat science, food technology, agriculture, microbiology, biology, or chemistry).
  3. Received bachelor degree (art or science) in non-food science non-science related field (e.g., Liberal Arts, Education).
  4. Received associate of arts or science degree from an accredited college or university.
  5. Received certificate in food science from an accredited college or university.
  6. Received certificate in non-food science related coursework from an accredited college or university.
  7. Completed coursework at an accredited college or university with some classes in food science or science.
  8. Completed some coursework at an accredited college or university with courses in subjects other than food science or science.
  9. Completed high school degree or equivalent.
  10. Completed less than high school desgree or equivalent.


2.For each training course checked above, please provide the approximate date and title of the training course.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 3.Please check all that apply. I have attended a training course with the primary emphasis of the training devoted to the topic of:
  1. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  2. Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP)
  3. Statistical Process Control
  4. Statistical Analysis
  5. Toxicology
  6. Microbiology
  7. Ante and Post Mortem Practices
  8. Good Manufacturing Practices
  9. Communication Skills
  10. Conflict Resolution Training
  11. None of the above.


* 4.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My years of work experience in the meat science, animal science and/or food science fields are:
  1. More than ten (10)
  2. More than five (5) but less than ten (10)
  3. Three (3) to five (5)
  4. Less than three (3)
  5. No experience in the meat or food science fields.


* 5.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility was working on a manufacturing line inspecting meat and/or food products in a slaughter or processing plant. My years of experience where this was my primary responsibility was:
  1. More than 5
  2. three (3) to five (5)
  3. one (1) to two (2)
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 6.Please check all that apply. NOT including work experience as a Food Inspector, I have work experience where my primary responsibility was:
  1. Working on a manufacturing line.
  2. Slaughter of animals or butchering of meat.
  3. Care and maintenance of animals or livestock.
  4. Operation and/or maintenance of large machinery or equipment (e.g., grinders, presses, mixers).
  5. Maintenance of sanitation
  6. Prepartion or cooking of food
  7. Maintenance or promotion of public health or public safety
  8. None of the above.


* 7.Please check all that apply. I have work experience where my primary responsibility was:
  1. Reading detailed instructions or guidelines and implementing procedures as per the specifications.
  2. Taking or reviewing detailed measurements of a product or process.
  3. Inspection of a product or process (e.g., food, drug, other).
  4. Auditing or verifying procedures were followed or standards met (e.g., Quality Control).
  5. Taking samples and conducting tests.
  6. Reviewing records and checking for accuracy against policy or guidelines.
  7. Implementation of regulations and guidelines.
  8. None of the above.


* 8.Please check all that apply. I have experience reviewing or implementing the following:
  1. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)
  2. Manufacturing records
  3. Sanitation plans
  4. None of the above.


* 9.Please check all that apply. I have conducted assessments of, created, or calculated the following:
  1. Flow charts
  2. Sampling plans
  3. Trend analysis
  4. Means (averages), standard deviations or other descriptive statistics
  5. Inferential statistics (e.g., correlations, t-tests, regression analysis)
  6. None of the above


* 10.Please check all that apply. I have previous experience in:
  1. A food related recall incident
  2. Collecting samples for pathogens tests (e.g., Listeria, Salmonella, E.coli)
  3. Reviewing lab reports
  4. Enforcing corrective actions
  5. Delivering negative feedback to those higher in rank than myself
  6. Conducting in-depth interviews of personnel
  7. Documenting non-compliance
  8. Write technical reports of 2 pages in length or longer
  9. None of the above.


* 11.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My most recent supervisor would rate my overall performance as:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Needs Improvement


* 12.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My most recent supervisor would rate my ability to quickly learn detailed information as:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Needs Improvement


* 13.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. Talking with my most recent supervisor, he/she would indicate I have been late for work:
  1. Never this past year
  2. Once or twice this past year
  3. Three or four times this past year
  4. Five or more times this past year


14.Please describe any formal rewards or certificates of recognition that you have received for outstanding effort or initiative.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 15.Monitor, conduct verification and/or inspect others to ensure procedures, policies and/or practices are being implemented as required. (Check the option that most closely matches your work experience.)
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.Identify and document deviations from the organization's stated procedures. (Check the option that most closely matches your work experience.)
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it'on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.Perform investigative work to obtain information, gather evidence or verify facts. (Check the option that most closely matches your work experience.)
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.I complete documentation with objective data and technical knowledge and summarize findings of a situation or issue. (Check the option that most closely matches your work experience.)
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.






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