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Environmental Specialist - Food Safety Specialist - Iowa
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$46,217.60 - $69,721.60 Annually


State of Iowa - See Job Description, IA

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427 Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Central Office

Job Number



1/9/2018 11:59 PM Central

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Steve mandernach at 515-281-8587

Job Description

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.
The Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Central Office is looking to fill an Environmental Specialist (Food Safety Specialist) to assist the state. Incumbent must reside in Pottawattamie or Mills Counties.
This position will be responsible for completing inspections and complaint investigations in food and lodging establishments including restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, temporary food stands, hotels/motels, and may be required to inspect food manufacturing facilities. The primary inspection area in Western and Southwestern Iowa, but may be assigned anywhere in the State of Iowa.
Some overnight travel is required, with occasional travel outside the area. Nights and weekends are required at times particularly during the summer. Essential functions include ability to drive a car; ability to think, reason, and problem solve; agility to perform inspections, i.e. bend from the waist daily, stoop daily, and climb ladders up to 25 feet occasionally, lift up to 50 pounds shoulder height occasionally; ability to read, write legibly, and make presentations; ability to communicate effectively.
Those employees conducting federal inspections will require a background check.
Salary will be entry level of $46,217.60 per year unless otherwise required by DAS/HRE rule.


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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State of Iowa


427 Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Central Office


Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.




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