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Food Safety Specialist 1 Ohio
State of Ohio






$44,532.80 - $58,864.00 Annually


Multiple Counties, OH

Job Type

Full-Time, Permanent, Bargaining-Unit



Job Number



8/27/2017 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Duties

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. ODA bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members. All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.


The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Food Safety Specialist 1 position in the Food Safety Division.  The headquarter county for this position is Clark, Fayette, Madison, Pickaway, or Ross County.

The duties for the Food Safety Specialist 1 position include but are not limited to:

        Collects samples, conducts inspection, evaluation, investigation and surveillance activities of wholesale and retail food, drug and cosmetic industry for compliance with mandated state and/or federal laws and rules to ensure safe production and sale of food, drug and cosmetic industry

        Conducts surveys and audits of local health department's safety programs (e.g., evaluates program activities and 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 and compares local health department and food industry performance to required procedures and guidelines and recommends training and additional assistance when warranted

        Conducts and writes reports for FDA contract inspections

        Provides advice, consultation and direction to food, drug and cosmetic industry and/or local health department personnel on food safety issues

        Instructs local health department and industry personnel on proper sanitary practices

        Ensures compliance with good manufacturing practices, agriculture food laws and regulations

        Provides technical assistance and consultation and/or implements individual and/or group training as developed by higher level food safety specialists to local health department and/or industry personnel

        Conducts inspections and/or investigations of consumer related inquiries or site evaluation of new or altered facilities

        Maintains evaluation instruments and technical field equipment; participates in drills and exercises of emergency plans

        Prepares and delivers speeches and presentations to groups and organizations

        Operates personal computer and related software to enter, edit and verify data and to produce reports

        Utilizes inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, pH meter and light meter

        Informs local boards of health of survey findings

        Initiates enforcement activities with food industry management

        Performs other related duties as assigned (e.g., attends meetings, participates on workgroups, travels to trainings and seminars as required)

Minimum Qualifications

Unless required by legislation or union contract, starting salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range. In most cases successful employees will move up a step in the salary range within six months with subsequent step increases occurring every year as supported by successful performance.

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;
Completion of full four year course of study in accredited college or university leading to bachelor's 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;
6 months experience in operation of personal computer;
Valid driver's 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* (e.g., 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 advice & technical assistance with federal or local government employees, health department personnel & food industry personnel; demonstrate physical fitness.

                                                                                                                                  (*)Developed after employment.

Supplemental Information

*No attachments will be accepted with this application*

Unless otherwise required by legislation or union contract, salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range with gradual increases in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.
Unusual Working Conditions:
Works in hot & cold processing areas; exposed to loud noises which may require ear plugs; requires overnight travel.

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration. Final Candidates may also be required to pass drug screening.

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 eligible for hire.

Training and Development Required to Remain in Classification After Employment:

Annual renewal of certificate of registration as sanitarian; successful progression and completion of training in (1) New Hire Training, which includes (a) on-line and classroom courses, (b) Ohio statutes and regulations, (c) field inspection training, (d) Food Safety policies and procedures, (2) the Food Safety Database, (3) conducting surveys of local health departments, (4) conducting training programs for regulatory and industry, (5) Successful completion of FDA contract inspection training & annual FDA contract audits as required by employment. (6) Advanced Food Inspections courses such as (a) Acidified Foods, (b) Juice HACCP, (c) Seafood HACCP, (d) Epidemiology courses (e) trace-back investigations. The employee must also become a registered Sanitarian. Employee must complete mandated training within three years from date of appointment. Employees who satisfy the first option of the minimum class qualifications for employment listed for a Food Safety Specialist 2, 21292, will automatically be reassigned to a Food Safety Specialist 2, 21292, provided the employee has had satisfactory performance evaluations for applicable rating periods up to & including the last two years, has no active disciplinary action, & has successfully completed all required training listed under Training and Development Required to Remain in the Classification After Employment for Food Safety Specialist 1, 21291.


State of Ohio




8995 E. Main St.
Suite 122
Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068.


(614) 466-4595




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