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Food Safety Inspector - Salem, OR

Oregon Department of Agriculture

$4,419 - $6,457 a month

 

 

 

 

Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Natural Resource Specialist 3 to join our Food Safety & Animal Health and Identification Program Area.

This is a full-time, permanent, classified position located in the Medford, Oregon Area. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy.

The goal of this recruitment is to fill the position at a Natural Resources Specialist 3 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for a Natural Resources Specialist 1 (Food Safety Trainee) to apply, as we may consider under filling this position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a Natural Resources Specialist 3. Under fill training will not exceed two years .

The Food Safety and Animal Health Program Area (FSAH) exists to support the Agency’s mission: to ensure healthy natural resources, environment, and economy for Oregonians now and in the future through inspection and certification, regulation, and promotion of agriculture and food. Specifically, the Food & Animal Health Program Area is responsible for human food safety and animal food safety. The Food Safety Program has threefold purpose: 1) It exists to assure Oregon citizens a safe, wholesome, properly labeled and protected food supply. The Food Safety Program is responsible for administering nine separate statues that regulate food, dairy, and shellfish industries and their production and distribution. Staff inspects about 7,000 food establishments with over 12,000 licenses and sample food products throughout the state of Oregon. These establishments include bakeries, retail grocery stores, warehouses, food & dairy processing plants, beverage plants, dairy farms, meat operations, cannabis, eggs, pet food, and locker plants. 2) Animal Health programs include the Feed Program, which ensures the quality of all animal feeds marketed in Oregon through a rigorous testing program. The Animal Health Laboratory is responsible for all diagnostic testing for animal diseases, which may affect the Oregon food supply. 3) The State Veterinarian for the State of Oregon is the chief livestock disease control official. The State Veterinarian provides leadership in addressing Oregon's animal health concerns and fulfills the Program's statutory disease control responsibilities. The Animal Health Program analyzes, develops, implements, and maintains services, which assure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and monitors the services provided to the various industry groups and citizens of Oregon. The State Veterinarian is also responsible for effective communication with the livestock industry, the consuming public, and the veterinary profession. Additionally, this position oversees emergency response during disasters involving animals of this state and oversees Animal Health Laboratory operations.

What you will do !

This food safety inspector will work in food facilities, including facilities that may be licensed by the Dairy and Shellfish Programs. Additionally, this position will inspect food establishments and their equipment for compliance with state and federal laws, investigate consumer complaints and food-borne illnesses, ensure egg quality, apply Oregon drinking water standards, and food packaging labels for compliance with regulations to ensure a safe, wholesome and properly labeled food supply. The types of activities include licensing, inspection, sampling, and education of food establishments to control and improve food safety and food handling practices.
Due to strict biosecurity concerns, ODA staff that conduct on-farm inspections should have no contact with any other avian species or keep birds of any type at home.

Duties include:

INSPECTIONS
Plans for and performs inspections in food establishments. Steps in an inspection process include, but are not limited to: scheduling, travel (local and overnight), file review, site inspection, review of processing records, creating inspection reports, verbal review of the report with a member of the establishment's management, regulatory action, and follow-up.

Conducts consumer complaint investigations and takes appropriate action, including, but not limited to: consulting, product embargoes, and facility closures. Recommends and implements other actions appropriate to the situation.

Conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the requirements of state drinking water standards when sanitary surveys or water sample test results indicate a need.

When warranted, conducts follow-up inspections to ensure that violations have been corrected and that the establishment is in compliance with all applicable requirements.

Performs FDA contract inspections of selected firms as directed.

SAMPLING

Collects dairy, shellfish, and food samples including, but not limited to fluid milk and dairy products, shellfish meats, and water.

Packages test samples according to proper controls and ships or deliver to the Agency laboratory.

Interprets lab results for compliance with state and federal standards. Explains the interpretation of lab results to industry personnel and gives recommendations for any necessary corrective action.

Explains lab results to industry personnel and gives recommendations for any necessary corrective action(s). Initiates enforcement actions when lab results indicate a violation of standards or when results indicate that public health is threatened.

Reviews water system plans for compliance and fills out survey forms for new private water systems.

Initiates enforcement actions when lab results indicate a violation of standards or when they indicate that public health is threatened (i.e., presence of a pathogen or toxin level which may result in an illness).

Conducts follow-up inspections at establishments that merit further process review or training.


ANALYSIS/EVALUATION

Reviews and evaluates complex facility plans and applications for compliance with applicable State and Federal laws for food establishments.

Comments in writing on adequacy or deficiency of proposed plans, and either grants or denies approval.

Reviews and evaluates food establishments’ programs for sanitation, product handling, pest control, adulteration, product standards compliance, and when applicable, HACCP programs, in addition to any other areas that may affect the safety and marketability of food products.

Reviews and provides feedback to proposed Program projects, policies, and programs.

Reviews package labels for compliance with federal and state labeling laws.


ENFORCEMENT
Takes enforcement action including, but not limited to: de-grading dairy farms due to unsanitary conditions, product embargo, sanitation warnings, and closure. Recommends and implements other necessary actions appropriate to the situation. Conducts follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with food safety requirements.


FOOD BORNE ILLNESS INVESTIGATIONS AND RECALLS

Conducts foodborne illness investigations in coordination with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and County Health Departments. Researches characteristics, symptoms, and possible path of infection of a suspect organism(s). At the direction of the DHS, conducts interviews with an infected person(s), makes a site inspection, draws conclusions, writes reports, and communicates with State Epidemiologist.

What’s in it for you !

The opportunity to support the agencies mission to ensure healthy natural resources, environment, and economy for Oregonians now and in the future through inspection and certification, regulation, and promotion of agriculture and food.

We offer full medical, vision, and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of Oregonians, apply today!

What we are looking for:

For the Natural Resource Specialist 3 Level - Salary above posted at this classification.

Three years of experience in (specify natural resource program area). At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND
a Bachelor's degree in (specify natural resource area), or three additional years of related (pertinent) experience.
A Master's degree in (specify natural resource area(s) ) will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.
A Doctorate degree in (specify natural resource area(s) ) will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

For the Natural Specialist 1 Level- $ 3187.00- $4629.00

a Bachelor's degree in (specify natural resource area); OR
three years of experience in (specify natural resource program area and level of responsibility).

How to apply :

To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above and complete the application online and all required questions. Must apply prior to 12:00 AM 07/05/2019

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need an alternate format to apply, please contact Jennifer Luttrell at Jennifer.L.Lutrell@state.or.us or call 503-986-4584. Please be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

Additional Information

The duties of this position require the incumbent possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. An acceptable drivers license is a regular, temporary, or commercial license that is lawful, current and valid. It must be issued by the state or country where the employee actually resides. It must be legal to use in the jurisdiction where the driver is driving. It must be the kind or class or be endorsed as required by law for the kind of driving being done.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

 

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