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Meat Inspector Northwest

Date Posted:  Oct 12, 2021
Requisition ID:  262801

Rensselaer, IN, US, 47978

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Board of Animal Health:

Animals have contributed a lot to Indiana's history, providing food, income, recreation, assistance and companionship to millions of Hoosiers everyday. State lawmakers recognized the value of those relationships in 1889, when they created the office of the State Veterinarian and the Livestock Sanitary Commission.


Today, that commission, now known as the Board of Animal Health (BOAH), operates under the direction of an 11-member Board of animal industry professionals who meet quarterly to set agency policy.

While the original mission to "prevent and suppress contagious and infectious diseases among the livestock," has not changed in over 100 years, the scope of BOAH's work has expanded:

  • to enhance Indiana's economy by protecting Hoosiers' investment in animal agriculture, wildlife, horses and companion animals.
  • to protect public health by preventing and controlling the spread of animal diseases, such as rabies, which pose a threat to people.
  • to maintain a vital link in a safe food supply through the state meat and poultry and dairy inspection programs.
  • to help people and their animals who are victims of large-scale disasters such as floods and tornadoes.


Animal Health:
Creating a healthy, disease-free environment for Indiana's 31 million animals is no small feat. BOAH's team of veterinarians and animal health inspectors travel to all corners of the state to investigate possible outbreaks of disease and advise animal owners about disease prevention.


Their efforts are vital to protecting Indiana's billion-dollar animal agriculture industry. Only by actively working to eradicate, control and prevent potentially economically devastating livestock diseases, will Hoosier farmers avoid domestic and international trade barriers. That's why the BOAH staff works closely with veterinarians, farmers, U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians and other states' animal health officials to monitor the health status of all animals crossing Indiana's borders. BOAH veterinarians also work closely with producers to develop strategies to eradicate existing diseases and prevent the introduction of new infections.

BOAH also regulates the care and handling of livestock being bought and sold in Indiana, by licensing and inspecting livestock market facilities, auction and renderers.


While animal agriculture has long been the focal point of BOAH, the growing number of pets in Indiana (almost two-thirds of Hoosier households claim at least one) has broadened the agency's focus. BOAH's Companion Animal/Equine Division monitors the overall health of the horse and small animal populations. Because these animals have the closest and most frequent contact with people, preventing the spread of diseases like rabies is part of protecting human health.


This position will cover the Northwest Region (Newton and Jasper counties).


Salary Information:

This position normally starts at $28,106.00 annually, but is commensurate with experience and educattion.

About the Job:

As the Meat Inspector, you will serve as an inspector of livestock and poultry slaughter and processing plants that hold a Grant of Inspection or a  Grant of Exemption issued by the Meat and Poultry Division (MPI) of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).  You will be responsible for implementing the provisions of the Indiana Meat and Poultry Inspection; Humane Slaughter Act and the rules and regulations promulgated there under.  You will also be responsible for assuring the production of safe, unadulterated, properly labeled meat and poultry products produced in their assigned establishment(s) using sound principles of food public health and food safety. 
You will report to the Area Supervisor of his/her assigned geographic area.

A Day in the Life:

  • Performs ante mortem and postmortem slaughter inspections in MPI official establishments.
  • Inspects, evaluates, & verifies establishments comply with humane handling, non-ambulatory animal, and slaughtering regulatory requirements.
  • Inspects slaughtering procedure and verifies carcasses comply with HACCP zero tolerance and BSE specified risk material [SRM].
  • Verifiy assigned plant Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and pathogen reduction programs comply with the regulations.
  • Properly identifies & collects samples for animal disease control programs.
  • Evaluates and verifies the plant’s handling procedures, formulations, and production of meat and poultry products comply with the plant’s SSOP and HACCP plans.
  • Conducts re-inspection of carcasses, meat products (during processing and in storage), and returned product for proper identification or labeling, evidence of mishandling, contamination or adulteration.
  • Monitors and evaluates pest control programs.
  • Evaluates the acceptability of all chemicals and ingredients used in the processing of meat or meat products.
  • Checks products for proper labeling and stamping, reviews and assists in the submission of label applications to central office.
  • Maintain, prepare, and submit prescribed files and records pertaining to assigned work in a timely manner.
  • Assists in the training of other inspectors and agency personnel.
  • Collects, properly identifies, and maintains a chain of custody of samples as required.
  • Submits timely accurate reports of the performance of all aspects of the Public Health Inspection Service(PHIS) system.
  • Performs duties as required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE) with preferred experience with meat cutting, working with livestock (4H) or farming.
  • At least six (6) months of experience as a meat inspector in a state or federal food safety program or more than one year of experience in the meat processing industry. Successful completion of a state or federal meat inspector training program.     
  • Must be able to recall information from many sources, including antemortem and postmortem inspection and processing inspection training, codes, rules and regulations, memos, bulletins, and other reference materials, and apply this information in the performance of the required inspection of slaughter and processing in the assigned plants.  
  • Must be able to function independently in work locations that may be unpleasant by conditions such as extreme heat and cold, high moisture, excessive noise, and foul odors.
  • Must consistently use appropriate judgment in deciding the proper regulatory action needed to prevent improper disposition of meat products resulting in exposing the public to unsafe meat or food-borne disease and/or monetary loss to the plant, disgruntled employees, and irate, dissatisfied consumers.
  • Must be capable of conducting required inspections in accordance with regulatory guidelines and enforcing the regulations in assigned establishment(s).
  • Must have the ability to maintain a professional regulatory relationship and communicate with establishment owners, operators and employees thereby obtaining effective compliance with the regulations.
  • Must be able to drive alone in all seasons.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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