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Food Safety Specialist - Virginia

Virginia Dept of Agri & Cons Services

$35,278 - $50,760 a year





The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food defense; assisting new and existing food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office. The work territory for this position are the counties/cities of Charlottesville, Nelson, Albemarle, and Fluvanna. The successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory. The use of a state vehicle will be provided for business use only.


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the demonstrated ability to interpret and apply laws & regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid driverís license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. HS Diploma/GED required.


Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP (especially as pertaining to seafood) and Virginia Food Laws also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.


Special Requirements

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Salary offers to selected applicants are based on the candidateís experience and internal factors.

The decision to interview an applicant is based on information provided in the application materials; therefore, it is essential to provide enough information to make this assessment. This website will provide a confirmation number when you have successfully applied. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.

State employees who have been affected by Policy 1.3 Layoff and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Card) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) must submit the card BEFORE the closing date for this position. The card may be scanned and attached to the application or faxed to (804) 371-8879. Please include your name and the position number of the fax cover sheet. THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.

Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120.

VDACS is an equal opportunity employer & encourages candidates with disabilities to apply.


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