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Job Title:

Food Safety Specialist 1





Opening Date:

Thu. 03/26/15

Closing Date/Time:

Sat. 04/04/15 5:00 PM Eastern Time

State Salary Range:

$19.88 - $26.28 hourly
$41,350.40 - $54,662.40 annually

Job Type:

Full-Time, Permanent, Bargaining-Unit


Franklin County, Ohio

Promotional Bid

classified position (may include promotion, transfer or demotion)

Pay Range


Hours of Work



Food Safety

Job Location

Multiple Counties

All applications must clearly indicate how the Minimum Qualifications & Position Specific Minimum Qualifications, if applicable, are met. Applications that do not indicate this, will not be given consideration.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) with your on-line application and/or documentation. If attaching a document that contains your SSN, please redact (black out) SSN before attaching it to your application.

The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, disability or military status in employment or the provision of services.

When contacted for an interview, an applicant who requires special accommodations due to a disability should notify the office at the time he/she is contacted so that proper arrangements can be made for the interview.


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Job Duties  Benefits  Supplemental Questions


The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Wholesale Food Safety Specialist 1 position in the Food Safety Division, Franklin County.  The duties for the Food Safety Specialist 1 position include but are not limited to:

  • Collects samples, conducts inspection, evaluation, investigation & surveillance activities of wholesale & retail food industry for compliance with mandated state &/or federal laws & rules to ensure safe production & sale of food products
  • Conducts surveys & audits of local health departmentís safety programs (e.g., evaluates program activities & performance of personnel through rating system) for compliance with mandated standards
  • Independently conducts one-on-one inspection standardization procedures to evaluate local health department personnel in proper implementation of mandated state food safety standards
  • Prepares reports of technical nature & compares local health department & food industry performance to required procedures & guidelines & recommends training & additional assistance when warranted
  • Conducts and writes reports for FDA contract inspections
  • Provides expert advice, consultation & direction to food industry &/or local health department personnel on food safety issues
  • Instructs local health department & industry personnel on proper sanitary practices
  • Ensures compliance with good manufacturing practices, agriculture food laws & regulations
  • Provides technical assistance & consultation &/or implements individual &/or group training as developed by higher level food safety specialists to local health department &/or industry personnel
  • Conducts inspections & or investigations of consumer related inquiries or site evaluation of new or altered facilities
  • Maintains evaluation instruments & technical field equipment
  • Participates in drills & exercises of emergency plans
  • Prepares & delivers speeches & presentations to groups & organizations
  • Operates personal computer & related software to enter, edit & verify data & to produce reports
  • Utilizes inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, pH meter & light meter
  • Informs local boards of health of survey findings
  • Initiates enforcement activities with food industry management

 Minimum Qualifications:

Certificate of registration as sanitarian, sanitarian-in-training or eligible to become sanitarian-in-training by Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration pursuant to Chapter 4736 of Ohio Revised Code AND;

Completion of full four year course of study in accredited college or university leading to bachelorís or higher degree which included at least 45 quarter units or 30 semester hours in food science, environmental health, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, physical sciences, food technology, epidemiology, veterinary medical science or related field of study AND;

6 months experience in operation of personal computer AND;

Valid driverís license

 Major Worker Characteristics:

Knowledge of food science; agency, state & federal laws, rules, regulations & guidelines governing food safety procedures & techniques; microbiology; physics; environmental science; inspection techniques. Skill in operation of personal computer; inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, PH meter & light meter. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; handle sensitive contacts with officials, general public & industry personnel; investigate complaints; provide expert advice & technical assistance with federal or local government employees, health department personnel & food industry personnel; demonstrate physical fitness.

(*) Developed after employment.

 Supplemental Information:

No attached files will be accepted. 


Unless otherwise required by legislation or union contract, salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range.


Unusual Working Conditions: Works in hot and cold processing areas; exposed to loud noises which may require ear plugs.  Travel required some with overnight stays. Must provide own transportation or, in order to operate a State vehicle, you must have a valid driversí license from state of residence.


Training and development required to remain in the classification after employment:

Annual renewal of certificate of registration as sanitarian. A Sanitarian-in-Training shall become registered as a sanitarian within the time frame established in Chapter 4736 of the Revised Code and the rules adopted thereunder. Successful completion of FDA contract inspection training and annual FDA contract audits as required by employment.


The recommended candidate for this position will be required to take a drug screen as part of their approval process.  A candidate who tests positive for illegal or improperly used controlled drugs will not be hired.


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