Compliance Specialist 2 (in-training)
of Washington – Thurston County, WA
County – Other, WA
Full Time -
11:59 PM Pacific
The Washington State
Department of Agriculture services the people of Washington by supporting the
agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has been serving the
state's agriculture community and the public for more than 100 years. Through
service, regulation, and advocacy, WSDA supports the viability and vitality
of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health and the environment.
We employ anywhere from 750-1,200 employees in fields like brand inspection,
food safety, international marketing, environmental science, and information
technology. While we do have offices statewide, this permanent, full-time
position will work out of a home-based office in either Pierce or Thurston
In this in-training position you will start as a Food Safety Compliance
Specialist 1 (Range 46 $3,276 - $4,292 monthly). You will be provided with
online and in-person training to ensure you have the knowledge and
certifications needed to progress to the final job classification of Food
Safety Compliance Specialist 2 (Range 54 $3,985 - $5,229).
As a fully-trained Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2 (formerly known as Food
Safety Officer), you will be conducting inspections, collecting samples and
completing investigations relating to food safety compliance in order to protect the public from unsafe adulterated
food. We are searching for individuals with three years' experience in public
health, a Bachelor's degree in closely allied field and a passion for
continuous learning who desire to make a difference in our local community
through regulation and enforcement.
For more information
about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at www.agr.wa.gov
Some of what you will
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 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.
Food Safety Program public health inspections and investigations.
independent audits of conditions found on each inspection of licensed or
unlicensed facilities that hold, pack, transfer, or produce food.
federally mandated tests of dairy pasteurizing equipment.
and license official milk haulers and samplers a well as other dairy
technical assistance and education to all industries as well as the public
regarding food safety regulation, compliance and enforcement.
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.
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.
In this position you will be exposed to farm animals, loud noises, unpleasant
odors and extreme temperatures; walk on rough and uneven ground; work on,
under and around large machinery and moving parts and occasionally climb
ladders or walk on open metal scaffolding in high places; Lift large or heavy
objects such as a cooler loaded with samples (between 5-50lbs).
Bachelor's degree with a major study in public health, environmental health,
food science, agriculture, horticulture, or allied science or closely related
field with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in natural or
years of professional work experience in public health.
Master's degree involving major study in one of the areas listed above.
years of professional work experience in public health.
organizational skills and experience in developing and implementing
to work with minimal guidance in pursuit of established program goals and
skill and ability to grasp ideas and concepts and create tangible results
including the ability to track and organize work product and results for self
written and verbal communication skills, including experience developing and
delivering presentations to varied audiences.
interpersonal communication skills including experience coordinating efforts
of multiple partners and managing projects with overlapping or competing
public speaking experience and proven sound judgement in representing an
agency or organization to a wide variety of stakeholders.
to obtain and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's license.
to obtain and maintain a FDA commission within 90 days of employment.
experience working with food industry and understanding of production
agriculture in the context of public health practices.
capability to lead/influence, plan and organize self and others.
How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the
following documents to their profile in order to be
considered for this position:
of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this
Current resume detailing
experience and education
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.
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proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work
products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.
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If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Lyndsey Beaupre,
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NOTE: As a condition of employment, this position is covered under a
collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay regular
union dues or non-association fees, (due to religious tenets) within 30
calendar days following employment.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal 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 Human Resource Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help
fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.
The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is
an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the
application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format
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