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Food Safety Program Specialist - Dauphin County, PA

Commonwealth of PA

$60,362 - $91,678 a year - Full-time

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$60,362 - $91,678 a year

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Would you like to become a Food Safety Program Specialist? Then join the Department of Agriculture! In this position, you will manage the implementation and execution of the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Milk Laboratory Program across Pennsylvania laboratories seeking certification to perform or currently conducting bacteriological, drug residue, somatic cell, alkaline phosphatase, dairy water, vitamin and/or milk container testing for milk products.


This position will oversee the initial accreditation of milk laboratories by ensuring the facility’s management possesses an understanding of requirements related to facilities, equipment, procedures, records, and relevant FDA / NCIMS 2400 Forms for each method to be performed. Perform initial record review, provide oversight and guidance to Inspector during initial inspection, and ensure facility management understands and completes corrective actions as necessary to obtain accreditation. Additionally, provide this oversight for laboratories that have lost accreditation and are seeking recertification.

Work Hours and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours - Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm with a 30 minute lunch
  • This position will be physically headquartered in one of the following locations: Region 2, Montoursville; Region 6, Harrisburg; or Region 7. Collegeville. The headquarters determination will be based upon the office location listed on the posting which is in the closest proximity to the selected candidate's current residence.




  • Minimum Experience and Training Requirements - Two years as a Food Inspector 2; OR Four years of experience in the inspection of food establishments or food processing facilities, and a bachelor's degree in food science, food technology, or a closely related field; OR An equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Necessary Special Requirement - This position requires possession of an active Pennsylvania non-commercial Class C driver's license or equivalent.
  • Must meet PA residency requirement – For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency
  • Do not submit resumes, cover letters, and similar documents. These documents will not be reviewed and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions

Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
    • your score may be lower than deserved.
    • you may be disqualified.
  • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
  • Your results will be provided via email.


Health & Wellness
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Work/Life Balance
We understand that there is more to life than work – and we want you to enjoy it!
For most positions, we offer paid vacation days, paid sick days, military leave, as well as paid time off for most major U.S. holidays. Alternate work schedules are available for certain positions.

Career Development
We want to help you grow and see your goals become a reality! Supervisors and human resource staff are available to help employees create a plan to develop skills for their current jobs or prepare for the next step in their careers. Employees can easily transfer between positions or agencies to expand knowledge and pursue new challenges while retaining leave and benefits. Additionally, there are a variety of programs available to help get you where you need to be.

Other Rewards
Commonwealth employees enjoy many other rewards, including opportunities for recognition, workplace charitable giving, and even special employee-only discounts.

For more information about benefits, health and wellness, work-life balance, career development, and other rewards go to and click on the benefits box.

  • Eligibility rules apply.



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