Description of Work
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. The Department employs approximately 2000 employees.
The Meat and Poultry Division enforces state and federal laws designed to ensure meat and poultry products sold to consumers are wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled. The division inspects approximately 200 plants statewide for red meat slaughter/processing and poultry processing and operates a program "equal to" the USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service.
The impact of this work is to ensure overall meat and poultry food safety and consumer protection by assuring these products are wholesome, properly labeled, unadulterated and safe for human consumption.
This selected applicant will complete an extensive Meat and Poultry Inspection training program which consists of six weeks of on-the-job training, 6 weeks of classroom training and occasional follow-up training to address changes to policies and regulatory requirements.
Position will serve as an Inspector in Charge at two processing establishments in Pender County. Processing activities include inspection of raw ground, raw not ground and heat-treated not fully cooked not shelf stable and fully cooked-not shelf stable products.
Daily duties include conducting ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of slaughtered livestock; observing the humane handling of said livestock; evaluating plant's sanitation procedures and practices; verifying the implementation of plant's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans; collecting and submitting samples for microbiological analysis; verifying the accuracy of product labels; and other inspection activities as required. Working conditions include a noisy industrial environment; varying environmental conditions within the facility ranging from sub-freezing to extreme humidity; and standing, climbing, and kneeling on elevated platforms for extended periods of time.
The inspections observations and findings are generated by, and recorded in, a web-based information system. If a plant is not meeting regulatory requirements, the inspector must communicate this noncompliance to plant management. Inspector will document the noncompliance and follow enforcement actions up to and including suspending plant operations until regulatory requirements are met.
The establishments on this assignment operate as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 3:30 p.m. Occasional holiday, weekend, and overtime work may be required. Relief duties at other establishments should be expected.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Successful candidates must possess the following:
Accurate color vision. Will be tested at the time of the interview.
A valid driver's license or must be obtained by date of employment.
Accurate and effective oral and written communication skills to communicate with supervisors and upper management in the food industry (will be given a writing test at the time of the interview).
Computer skills to create basic documents, communicate through email, and enter data into State and Federal systems (the writing test will be given on a computer).
Critical communication between management, and inspector requires candidate to be proficient in the English language
Ability to work independently (without direct supervision).
Must be able to work in the vicinity of live animals and in direct contact with meat and poultry products derived from cattle, swine, sheep, goats, ratites, chicken and turkeys.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of related experience in the meat and poultry inspection work; or High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and five years of experience in the inspection, production, management or sale of meat and/or poultry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirements:
Successful completion of required Meat and Poultry Inspection Training Programs.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate's related education and experience.
Please follow instructions to apply on-line. It is important that your application includes all of your relevant education and experience.
Text or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application. Those applicants seeking veteran's preference should submit a copy of their Form DD-214.
All Law Enforcement positions, aviation safety sensitive positions and positions requiring a Pilot's License or a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) shall be subject to pre-employment drug testing. All positions requiring a Commercial Driver's License shall also be subject to pre-employment DMV physicals.
Selected applicants must obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) medical certificate prior to employment. If a CDL is listed as a preference and the selected applicant has a CDL at the time of hire then the CDL will become a requirement for the position.
Note: When required, you must answer the question(s) for this position or your application will be considered incomplete.
Questions regarding this posting? Contact 919-707-3201.
State Of North Carolina