Food Safety Officer
2 (King-Snohomish) - Snohomish County, WA
State of Washington Dept. of Agriculture
$4,065 - $5,334 a
month - Full-time, Commission
The Washington State Department of Agriculture services the people of
Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer
and environmental protection.
We have a great career opportunity available as a Food Safety Officer 2 (FSO2)
with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Food Safety
This position performs journey-level work including inspections,
investigations, and sample collection to protect the public from unsafe
adulterated food by gaining compliance with state laws and federal
regulations. Travel is required within your assigned area to conduct in-depth
food and safety inspections in facilities that process or hold food products
including; food processors; dairy farms; dairy plants; custom meat facilities;
custom slaughter plants; custom farm slaughter trucks; egg handling
facilities; poultry processors; food warehouses; dietary supplement
manufacturers; and other food handlers to asses compliance with state laws
and federal regulations and is familiar with regulations for Seafood HACCP
and Juice HACCP.
Some of what you will be doing:
- Conduct Food Safety Program
public health inspections and investigations.
- Perform independent audits of
conditions found on each inspection of licensed or unlicensed facilities
that hold, pack, transfer, or produce food.
- Conduct federally mandated
tests of dairy pasteurizing equipment.
- Evaluate and license official
milk haulers and samplers a well as other dairy pasteurizer operators.
- Provides technical assistance
and education to all industries as well as the public regarding food
safety regulation, compliance and enforcement.
- Collects and prepares assigned
routine samples as well as samples relating to the investigation of
contamination or adulteration of food to ensure compliance with federal
- Remains prepared to respond to
all hazard emergencies involving food. Must participate in emergency
management training, drills and exercises to help ensure preparedness
for nuclear, chemical, natural or man-made disasters.
- Bachelor's degree in Public
Health, environmental health, food science, agriculture, horticulture,
or allied science with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in
natural or physical sciences.
- A Master's degree involving
major study in one of the areas listed above.
- Three years of professional
work experience in public health.
- Strong organizational skills
and experience in developing and implementing inspection standards.
- Ability to work with minimal
guidance in pursuit of established program goals and objectives.
- Demonstrated skill and ability
to grasp ideas and concepts and create tangible results in the pursuit
of established program goals and objectives. Ability to track and
organize work product and results for self and others.
- Excellent written and verbal
communication skills, including experience coordinating efforts of
multiple partners and managing projects with overlapping and competing
- Strong public speaking
experience and proven sound judgment in representing an agency or
organization to a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Candidates must be able to
acquire and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License to travel
independently in an official capacity. Have the ability to earn and
maintain FDA Commission.
- Prior experience working with
the food industry and understanding of production agriculture in the
context of public health practices.
- Capability to lead/influence,
plan/organize, be supportive of others and be adaptable.
How to Apply:
- Complete your online profile
- Attach a letter of interest, no
more than two pages in length, describing how you meet the specific
qualifications for this position.
- Attach a resume.
The initial screening will be based solely on the contents and completeness
of your application/online profile and the materials submitted. All information
may be verified and documentation may be required.
Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying
through the state's on-line recruitment system.
Final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete a criminal
history background check prior to employment. Information received from the
background check does not automatically make a candidate ineligible for
advantage of Veteran's preference, please
attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please blackout your
social security number and date of birth before attaching.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history
will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily
preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's
suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness
of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be
verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail
will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help
fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture actively supports diversity in
the workplace, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of age, sex (including gender identity), marital status, sexual
orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged
veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or
physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a
person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application
process, during the recruitment process, or who need this job announcement in
an alternative format, may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-902-2020
or may email HResources@agr.wa.gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of
hearing may call the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing
your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email