USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Hiring Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry) – applications are due Thursday, May 25, 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking an Agricultural Commodity Grader (Poultry). Applications are due Thursday, May 25, 2017.

The 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.

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year and includes:

Orientation program
Mentorship throughout the program
Individual Development Plan to create and track recent graduates’ career planning, professional development, and training activities
At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the program
Opportunity for career advancement

Upon successful completion of program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional position.

The Livestock, Poultry, and Seed (LPS) Program is responsible for formulating and administering policies for marketing services and regulatory activities related to commodity grading and certification for meat, eggs, and poultry; purchase specifications and requirements for meat, eggs, poultry, and fish procured for Federal food and nutrition programs; market news reporting for livestock, meat, eggs, poultry, wool, and grain products; standardization services for wool, mohair, livestock, meat, eggs, poultry and related products; monitoring and analyzing scientific research and information for their applicability to the programs administered by the LPS Program; and administering the country of origin labeling statute.

Salary Range: $32.844.00 – $52.893.00 per year
  • 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 program activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plant 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 a sanitary condition
  • May perform audits or reviews to assure compliance with the Child Nutrition labeling program, Alternative Reprocessing Program (ARC), or a customer developed Performance-Based Grading Program
  • 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
  • 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 based upon grading results
  • May perform destination examinations of poultry products

Occasional travel may be required.

Job Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Earned an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two (2)years. 
    • Current students who will complete their degree requirements by 5/31/2017 will also be considered
    • Individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. This eligibility period cannot extend more than 6 years from the date on which the requirements for the academic course of study were met.
  • Transcripts are required and must show the date your degree was conferred, or your in-progress Spring 2017 courses with cumulative credit information. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
  • All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation form an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see
  • US Citizenship 
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

For more information and to apply, please follow this link. Applications are due Thursday, May 25, 2017.


Posted: May 24, 2017


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