Title: Meat and Poultry Inspector (Second Shift-Evenings), Chesterfield County
Hiring Range: $42,000 - $55,000
Agency: Agriculture & Consumer Svcs
Location: Chesterfield County
Agency Website: https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
Meat and Poultry Inspector (Second Shift-Evenings) #00722 - Chesterfield
(Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Meat and Poultry Inspector with the Office of Meat and Poultry Services. This position is assigned to Chesterfield County and surrounding areas, and the successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to that territory. This position routinely will work an evening shift with occasional day shift assignments. This position also involves occasional overtime. Reannouncement; previous applicants do not need to re-apply.
Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections; verifications of the food safety system in assigned meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities; enforcement of the Humane Handling Act; collection of official samples; and completion of inspection reports.
The Inspector will travel as needed within Virginia to provide inspection to a mobile slaughter/processing unit that may include overnight travel when the mobile unit is out of the normal driving range. A state car will be assigned to the selected individual for business use only. This position also involves considerable physical activity.
Knowledge of the meat and poultry slaughter and processing operations is needed as well as the ability to interpret, assure and enforce compliance with regulations by analyzing and assessing findings to perform logical, supportable conclusions. This often requires independently applying basic scientific principles, including mathematical or statistical functions, while working without direct supervision. Selected candidate must also demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills including the ability to accurately prepare technical reports as well as display excellent customer service skills. Computer proficiency is needed along with experience using standard business office software applications. The ability to recognize animal characteristics and behavior; humane handling of animals and identify abnormal conditions while conducting inspection procedures. The selected applicant must have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. Candidate must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, including the ability to distinguish colors, lift up to 50 pounds, stand or sit for a prolonged time, and work in environments with extreme temperature changes; as well as to meet the requirements for federal compliance certification within the first twelve months of employment. HS Diploma/GED required.
Degree in animal science, food microbiology, or a related field along with enforcement and interpretation of government regulations is preferred. A working knowledge of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles as applied to the meat industry is also preferred along with meat/poultry processing work experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
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Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Name: Human Resources
Phone: (804) 371-8066
In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.
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