Specialist I - Vermont
State of Vermont - Home Based
Entry level position will perform technical work for the Vermont Agency of
Agriculture, Food Safety Consumer Protection Division, Meat and Poultry
Inspection Service. The candidate will execute appropriate inspection methods, determine noncompliance with Federal and State
regulatory requirements, and document noncompliance, to ensure that regulated
meat and poultry establishments produce a safe, wholesome, unadulterated and
properly labeled product.
This position is the first step in a career ladder for Food Safety
Specialists. Duties include both office and field work and are performed
under the supervision of the Meat Program Supervisor, with in-plant oversight
performed by senior Food Safety Specialist II and III. This supervision is
direct and close during the early phases of employment, but moderates in
accordance with trainee experience and progress in the role. Promotion to a
higher level Food Safety Specialist II position requires the successful
completion of the USDA FSIS training courses for Consumer Safety Inspectors
and any other mandatory training, the ability to be credentialed by USDA FSIS
for the LincPass identification via fingerprinting
and background check, demonstration of knowledge and proficiency in all the
duties required of a Food Safety Specialist I, completion of the probationary
period for state employment, completion of at least 6 months of independent
inspection activities, and a current performance evaluation rating of at
The territory under recruitment encompasses Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia
counties in Vermont. It is required that the incumbent live within a
30-minute drive to any point in the designated territory. For the first 6
months of training, the duty station will be in Montpelier, VT. Duties often
require travel throughout the state, for which private means of
transportation is required. A fleet vehicle may be issued dependent upon
state policy mileage.
Who May Apply
This position, Food Safety Specialist I (Job Requisition #1157) , is open to all State employees and external
This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be
considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job
FSS I: Job Requisition #1157
FSS II: Job Requisition #1137
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled
from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be
Duties are performed in the meat inspection office or in the field at
assigned slaughterhouses, processing establishments, retail markets and
farmer's markets. Hazards such as slippery floors, 180 degree water, sharp
knives and machinery, potentially dangerous animals, contact with animal
blood, tissue, and potentially zoonotic agents, and heavy overhead objects
falling may be encountered. Considerable field travel is involved for which
private means of transportation is required. Work hours may not adhere to a
regular workday and/or workweek schedule, with overtime, weekend, or holiday
assignments possible, again geared to a Trainee's acquired level of training
and experience. Food Safety Specialists are considered essential employees of
the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, which may require work during
times that other state employees are operating under a reduced work force
scenario, on days that state offices are closed or have delayed
openings/early closings, and during times of hazardous driving conditions.
Bachelor's degree or higher in food science, microbiology, animal science, or
a field related to meat products.
High school graduation or equivalent AND four (4) years or more as a butcher,
meat cutter, meat manager, or handler of commercial meat carcasses above a
retail packaging or cutting level.
Normal color vision is required.
Incumbents are required to secure Federal Credentials by passing a federal
background check and fingerprinting.
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more
than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an
outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total
80% State paid medical premium
Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension
plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave
plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
Low cost group life insurance
Incentive-based Wellness Program
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from
women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse
cultural backgrounds are encouraged.