Iowa Department of Administrative Services Meat Inspector - Cass County in State of Iowa, Iowa
Meat Inspector - Cass County
Meat Inspector - Cass County
$40,830.40 - $60,008.00 Annually
State of Iowa - See Job Description, IA
009 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
10/2/2023 11:59 PM Central
Point of Contact
Kathryn R Polking, DVM, MPH, DACVPM Bureau Chief, Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau (email@example.com)
The approximately 345 employees of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (https://iowaagriculture.gov/) (IDALS) Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (https://www.iowaagriculture.gov/default.asp) (IDALS) are responsible for a wide range of programs that affect the quality of life of every Iowan. Both Iowans living on the farm and those in our towns and cities are impacted almost daily by the work of the Department.
TheMeat & Poultry Inspection Bureau (https://iowaagriculture.gov/meat-poultry-inspection-bureau) is recruiting for a full-time Meat Inspector for the Cass County region in northwest Iowa. The successful candidate will inspect locker plants, small packing plants, and any other establishment in which animals are slaughtered and/or processed for resale to the public to ensure compliance with the Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Act.
Conducts antemortem and postmortem inspections of livestock and poultry, using senses and required hand tools to examine animals for disease.
Travels to and conducts walk-through inspections of regulated facilities, ensuring compliance with sanitation standards.
Conducts examinations of finished and in-process products to ensure wholesomeness and compliance with product labeling standards.
Reviews records generated by inspected facilities to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and facility programs.
Enters inspection results daily into designated computer system and prepares non-compliance reports and memoranda as needed to communicate findings.
Communicates with regulated facilities regarding inspection results, regulatory requirements and changes to policies; conducts outreach to new facilities to aid compliance with regulatory requirements.
Additional requirements:Meat Inspectors must maintain a valid driver's license for statewide travel to conduct inspections and must successfully complete the USDA-FSIS Food Inspector Livestock and Inspection Methods courses within six months of hire. Meat inspection work frequently exposes inspectors to hot, cold, wet, or slippery conditions. Inspectors must be able to handle knives and other tools effectively, and must have full use of their senses, including sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Inspectors are also subject to a background check required for access to federal computer systems.
The preferred candidatewill possess a background in the meat industry, food industry, regulatory work or agriculture, with relevant experience and/or education in food safety, animal health, agriculture, or related areas. The candidate will demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be able to both work independently and establish strong professional relationships with industry representatives and colleagues alike.
Applicants may attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Application materials can be uploaded in the Attachments Section during the application process.
As an employee of IDALS you are a State of Iowa employee and eligible for a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Low out of pocket, high quality family medical insurance as low as $187.00 per month, single as low as $56.00 per month
Dental insurance is free for single and $45.00 per month for family coverage
$20,000 basic life insurance at no cost, voluntary supplemental life for an additional cost, and long term disability insurance at no cost
Exceptional retirement package includes IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System) which is a fixed income or defined benefit pension plan
In addition to IPERS a deferred compensation plan (similar to a 401K) with a state match of up to $75.00 per month
Paid leave includes – 9 holidays, sick, vacation, military leave, and jury duty leave
To learn more about benefits available as a State of Iowa Employee click here benefits (https://das.iowa.gov/human-resources/employee-and-retiree-benefits/employees) to visit the web page.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D., and thirty semester hours of college or university course work which included at least six semester hours in any of the following major areas: veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, animal science, agricultural business, livestock management, zoology, biology or a closely related major;
the equivalent combination of education and experience substituting two years of experience in livestock or poultry slaughter, processing, or marketing for one year of the required education;
one year of experience in meat and poultry inspection in an establishment covered by the Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection Act or a similarly legislated state meat and poultry inspection program, may be substituted for one year of the required education.
For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description (https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/documents/class_and_pay/JobClassDescriptions/MeatInspector-05126.pdf) .
Additional Qualification Requirements
USDA courses in slaughtering and processing must be completed before inspection duties begin. The USDA poultry course must also be completed during the first year of employment.
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State government is one of the largest employers in Iowa, and also one of the most diverse. From state trooper to nurse to engineer, the state offers a wide variety of career opportunities.
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