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Food Safety Officer 2 In-Training – Yakima, WA




Salary   $2,925.00 - $3,807.00 Monthly $2,925.00 - $3,807.00 Monthly  Location   Yakima County – Yakima, WA Yakima County – Yakima, WA 

Job Type Full Time - Permanent Department Dept. of Agriculture

Job Number 2016-06467 Closing  7/3/2016 11:59 PM Pacific 





The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.



We have a great career opportunity for someone to become a Food Safety Officer with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).  This position is assigned an inspection area within and around the Yakima County. 


We are interested in individuals who have a Bachelor's degree involving major study in bacteriology, microbiology, food science, food technology, biochemistry, dairy science, or a natural science in a closely allied field.  Has the ability to establish professional relationships based on trust and mutual respect, collaborative an cooperative problem solving, and soliciting input from and trusting the decision of others.


As an in-training position, this position starts out as a Food Safety Officer 1 ($2,925 - $3,807 per month).  After successfully completing a 12 month in-training, you will advance to a Food Safety Officer 2 ($3,541 - $4,644 per month).


About the position:


This position performs inspections, investigations, and collect samples to protect the public from unsafe adulterated food by gaining compliance with state laws and federal regulations. Travel is required within your area to conduct in-depth food and safety inspections in facilities that process or hold food products including; food processors; dairy farms; dairy plants; custom meat facilities; custom slaughter plants; custom farm slaughter trucks; egg handling facilities; poultry processors; food warehouses; dietary supplement manufacturers; and other food handlers to asses compliance with state laws and federal regulations and is familiar with regulations for Seafood HACCP and Juice HACCP.


FSO2's perform independent audits of conditions found in each inspection based on the appropriate state law and federal regulation.  They discern between significant and critical violations and issue reports of inspection findings to licensed and unlicensed firms through the use of numerous forms, both state and federal.  They initiate enforcement action based on their inspection findings and act independently to assess the conditions that may warrant embargo of food products, degrade action, stop sale, or notice of intent.  The reports they prepare of inspection findings serve as the foundation for initiating such actions.  They participate in drafting compliance agreements, embargoes, and notices of intent and compile evidence, photo documentation, written reports, and provide expert witness testimony in support of these legal actions.




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Include but are not limited to:


Conducts Food Safety Program public health inspections, public health investigations


•Performs independent audits of conditions found on each inspection of licensed or unlicensed facilities that hold, pack, transfer, or produce food. ◦Inspection is based on the appropriate state and/or federal regulation.

◦Some inspection functions such as testing and sealing dairy pasteurizer controls are required to be performed before the plant can resume production.


Documentation and presentation of inspection and investigation findings.            •Provides clear and concise oral and written reports of inspection and investigation findings.  The written reports prepared by this person serve as the foundation for initiation of enforcement actions including on-the-spot embargo or stop sale actions.

•Documentation includes photographs and copies of labels and other records.

•Assists in development of documents making up official Compliance Agreements that sometimes occur in lieu of License Suspension or Revocation.

Conducts Food Safety Program public health investigations, trace back and recall effectiveness checks.         •Investigates consumer complaints as they are reported and initiated appropriate action.  Provides investigation and trace back regarding pathogens or other contaminants found in food.  Acts as field support for recall effectiveness checks.  Often involves issuance of Embargo or Division documents to remove the potentially contaminated food from the public.

Evaluating and licensing official milk haulers, samplers, and dairy pasteurizer operators.            •Evaluates milk haulers and samplers by written and practical exams to enable them to be licensed by the agency.  Conducts periodic evaluation and training of license holders, which is federally mandated. 

•Trains applicants for pasteurizer operator license.

•Conducts testing and licensing exams, both written and practical, to issue WSDA pasteurizer operator licenses.

•Inspects milk tankers for cleanliness, protection from contamination and construction.

Providing technical assistance, conducting informational training to the public, industry or to sister agency personnel.            •Provides technical assistance and education to all industries and the public regarding food safety regulation, compliance, and enforcement.

•Provides license applicants with assistance to achieve licensing status.

•Provides review of construction and remodel plans for compliance.

•Participates in authoring technical brochures, printed matter and media presentation to provide technical assistance and education.

•Coordinates and works with other state, local, and federal agencies in actions, inspections, investigations, and training regarding issues of food safety.

Collection and preparation of assigned routine samples and collection and preparation of samples relating to investigation of contamination or adulteration of food.  •Responsible for collecting dairy product and water samples at mandated intervals to comply with federal regulations.

•Routinely samples food items for pathogenic bacteria testing.  Investigates when samples are found to have levels in excess of standard tolerances or the presence of pathogens or antibiotic residues.

•Investigates and samples when inspection observations indicate a potential for adulteration of food products.  Sampling actives may include focused aseptic environmental and product sampling to determine the extent of source of a particular problem of public health concern.

Effective responds to all hazard emergencies involving food.            •Participates in emergency management training, drills and exercises to aid in preparedness for nuclear, chemical, natural or man-made disasters. ◦These efforts are designed to mitigate the impact of disasters on public health via the food chain.  Specifically, participates in official sample plans, places embargoes, acts as a resource for information regarding establishment locations and harvest schedules.

◦Functions as a source of information for the public regarding concerns or questions about the impacts of disaster on food and food products.


•Responds to incidences of pesticide contamination of food to determine if the product can be harvested for entrance into the human food chain.


NOTE:  As a condition of employment, this position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement.  Employees are required to pay regular union dues or non-association fees, (due to religious tenets) within 30 calendar days following employment.


Final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment.  Information received from the background check does not automatically make a candidate ineligible for employment.



Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in bacteriology, microbiology, food science, food technology, biochemistry, dairy science, or a natural science in a closely allied field.


A valid Washington State Driver's license.


Demonstrated history of fostering team work, customer service problem resolution, and sound judgment in making decisions which affect customers.


Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey policy language into easily understood concepts as well as strong proactive communication habits with regards to interacting with various audiences including co-workers, management, and regulatory/industry partners.  Promotes cooperative communication and facilitates relationship building amongst diverse groups.


Demonstrated history of accepting accountability and responsibility for work product and maintaining confidentiality.


Desired Qualifications:


Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships based on trust and mutual respect, collaborative and cooperative problem solving, and soliciting input from and trusting the decisions of others.


Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and implement creative thinking.  Learns from mistakes and makes lasting improvements based on lessons learned, utilized prior experience, deciphers complex issues, and communicates respectfully.



Candidate must be willing to:

•Be exposed to loud noises, unpleasant odors and extreme temperatures.


•Be exposed to farm animals.


•Walk on rough and uneven ground.


•Work on, under and around large machinery and moving parts and occasionally climb ladders or walk on open metal scaffolding in high places.


•Lift large or heavy objects such as a cooler loaded with samples


Supplemental Information




To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile within and attach the following documents indicated below for this position in order to be considered. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying to the on-line profile.


Please attach the following document indicated below to your profile before completing the on-line application:

•A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications of this position.

•A professional resume (this is a separate attachment from the application).


Please note: Failure to provide the following documents indicated above will result in disqualification. No documents will be accepted separate from the application.


If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the human resource consultant listed below. Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.



If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may call Amber Robertson, HR Consultant at (360) 725-5506 or



The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 725-5506 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.


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