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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 Program.

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 regulation.
  • 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.



Required Qualifications:

  • 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 timeframes.
  • Strong public speaking experience and proven sound judgment in representing an agency or organization to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Special Requirements:

  • 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.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • 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.


Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

  • Complete your online profile at:
  • 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 employment.

To take 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 recruitment system.

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 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


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