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Environmental Specialist - Food Safety Specialist - Iowa

State of Iowa Talent Gateway

$47,195 - $71,178 a year





Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.

The Department of Inspections and Appeals is seeking to fill an Environmental Specialist position. The position will serve as a Food Safety Specialist for the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau within the Administration Division. Food Safety Specialists primarily are responsible for conducting risk-based inspections of food establishments, hotels and home bakeries and may conduct inspections at food processing plants. Nationally recognized for innovation, Iowa's food safety regulatory program maintains strong partnerships with government and non-government organizations that share a common purpose: protecting public health.

As a member of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Food and Consumer Safety Bureau, the Food Safety Specialist will play a vital role in strengthening relationships, protecting public health and advancing food safety regulatory program standards in Iowa.

The Food Safety Specialist is a home-based position and requires frequent statewide travel and occasional out of state travel. The work schedule consists of four ten hour days with occasional evenings and weekends. This position has a requirement for residency in Polk county.


941 Food Science
12 semester hours in microbiology, biology, food science, chemistry, hospitality management or other science related to food safety OR 6 months of experience applying food science and microbiology knowledge to prepare or process food safely, including but not limited to managing a food establishment's food safety program, quality assurance staff, chef, or management of a food establishment or manufacturing facility; experience applying food safety regulations such as the FDA Food Code or Good Manufacturing Practices; or a combination of both experience and education.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in natural science; an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of full-time professional work in an environmental, radiation control, environmental health or food sanitation program for each year (30 semester hours) of the required education.


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