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SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST - Suwannee County, FL

 

 

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Req No:  42000275-51168478-20150603154501

  Agency Name:  Agriculture and Consumer Services

Description:

Working Title:  SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST
Broadband/Class Code:  13-1041-02
Position Number:  42000275-51168478
Annual Salary Range:  $30,988.62 - $54,579.27
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
City:  Headquarters Negotiable
Facility: 
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB006
Closing Date:  6/15/2015

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer.  For more information click on our E-Verify website.

 

SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES 

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY
BUREAU OF FOOD AND MEAT INSPECTION 

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (includes Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Natural Resources and Physical Sciences); or

A bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university and one (1) year of professional field experience in food sanitation or quality control or food regulatory inspection, food establishment management or operations; or

A masterís degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (includes Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Natural Resources and Physical Sciences).

Work experience as described above may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

An associateís degree from an accredited college can substitute for two (2) years of the required years of experience.

Requires possession of a valid driver license.

***Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning
 education and knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed
 on the State of Florida Employment Application.***

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Employees appointed to positions involved in food establishment inspections under authority of Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, must take and pass the Food and Drug Administration Standardization Program as implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pass and maintain laws and rules, certified food manager and/or manufactured food certification within 12 months of appointment and/or before attaining permanent status in the class.

This positionís required headquarter is negotiable only within Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Bradford or Union county.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsible for conducting regulatory inspections of food establishments under the jurisdiction of FDACS as set forth in Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 5K-4, Florida Administrative Code, for compliance with regulatory, sanitation and consumer protection requirements.  Utilizes a risk based approach to evaluate processing methods, production controls, equipment design, structural design and maintenance, and personnel practices to assure that foods for human consumption are safe and prepared, packed, distributed and stored under sanitary conditions.  Performs inspections/reviews, as required, for contract or cooperative agreement programs with federal partners including, but not limited to, FDA and USDA.  Performs opening inspections on food establishments, evaluating and assessing the food processes and activities conducted to determine the requirements for the specific business.  Utilizes science based knowledge to determine compliance with environmental and sanitation regulations for processes which may include, but not be limited to, reduced oxygen packaging, low acid food processing, seafood processing, acidified foods, and foods deemed potentially hazardous due to their ability to support rapid growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms, which may occur in food establishments. Prepares reports to document regulatory deficiencies, interprets and explains significance of public health laws, rules and sanitation and safety standards to food establishment personnel, advising management of the necessary corrective action as part of each inspection.  Initiates stop sale orders, stop use orders, destruction reports, release notices, and movement of goods under stop sale orders when indicated by inspection findings.  Assists as needed in other territories and districts.

Responsible for other inspection functions including, but not limited to: investigation of consumer complaints; follow‑up reporting; food borne illness investigations; information requests from consumers; opening inspections for new businesses; special inspections of fire or flood damaged food establishments; inspection of foods in vehicles involved in accidents; multi-agency investigations/inspections or special projects; disaster surveillance; and other tasks as may be designated by the bureau or district supervisor.  Some tasks may require holiday or weekend activity.  Independently exercises professional judgment and institutes appropriate enforcement actions while discharging his or her responsibilities.  Uses effective judgment, knowledge of statutes and rules involved, and awareness of legal implications for compliance with regulations, sanitation, cleanliness, labeling and other food safety regulations and related requirements.

Responsible for inspecting and testing foods for compliance with consumer protection standards.  Conducts inspections and reports the results of testing of foods using various test procedures and methods for compliance with consumer protection standards using sampling methods required by each procedure to insure statistically valid findings. Related tasks include, but are not limited to, the review of food labels for misrepresentation and inclusion of mandatory consumer information, evaluation of advertising matter for possible product misrepresentation, selection of food samples for laboratory analysis, and investigation and collection of food samples when circumstances indicate possible food adulteration or other violations of the law.  Responsible for the operation, calibration and maintenance of inspection test equipment including, but not limited to, thermometers, sanitizer test kits, ph meters, and associated equipment and reagents.

Administrative functions include the preparation and timely submission of accurate and complete inspection reports, sample collection reports, food permit applications, consumer complaint reports, daily activity reports, travel vouchers, expense vouchers, supply requisitions and other documents as may be required.  Responsible for attending training sessions and courses as designated.  Responsible at all times for following department policies and procedures and conducting official duties in a professional manner as a representative of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

SPECIAL NOTES:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug Free Workplace Act.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veteransí Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

We hire only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Our agency participates in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database available for employers to use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

 

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