Public Health Advisor 3 – Food Safety Program Tumwater, WA
Job Code: DOH 1029 – JB

POSTED: Feb 23



45,828.00 - 60,120.00


Tumwater, Washington


Washington State Department of Health (DOH)


Full Time - Experienced


Advisory / Regulatory


Allied Health

Required Education:

4 Year Degree

Employer Information


About Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

Job Description


Opens: January 14, 2010

Closes: Open Until Filled

NOTE: Applicant review begins February 4, 2010. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is currently recruiting for a Public Health Advisor 3 within the Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Toxicology. This recruitment may be used to fill other Public Health Advisor 3 vacancies as they occur statewide. To learn more about the Department of Health, Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Toxicology, visit

Primary Duties

• Actively monitor local, national, and international food product recall notices and subsequent update notices. Coordinate the department’s response, actively research available product distribution information, and lead the statewide communication of food recall information between federal, state, and local partners. As needed, coordinate statewide food trace back and trace forward efforts related to food product recalls.

• Lead the section’s all-hazard response to a variety of food safety emergencies, including outbreaks, intentional and unintentional disasters and food tampering incidents.

• Develop the program’s Food Safety Emergency Response Plan.

• Develop and present classroom training on contemporary food safety laws, rules, issues, policies, and practices to a wide variety of industry, regulatory and association audiences.

• Actively assist LHJs in the response to food borne illness outbreaks, coordinating with the food safety epidemiology lead, other team members and DOH Epidemiologist, as needed.

• Provide technical assistance and consultative services to state and local public health professionals, food industry representatives and the public regarding contemporary food safety issues and the interpretation of state food service laws, rules, and policies.

• Respond to requests for media interviews on food safety issues, as assigned.

• Assist with food rule revision activities, including leading multi-stakeholder workgroups.

• Represent the department (as alternate) on the statewide Food Safety Review Council.



Required Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s of science degree or higher in environmental health, food science, microbiology, or a closely allied science.

• Four (4) or more years (full-time equivalency) of progressive experience working in a food safety program:

* interpreting and/or applying food safety rules.

* developing guidance documents and training materials and sessions.

* giving presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders.

* conducting food-borne disease outbreak investigations and trace backs.

* providing leadership to other staff, or local or state agencies in developing or implementing effective food safety programs.

Conditions of Employment

• Willing and able to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week to meet program needs and critical deadlines.

• Willing and able to work in both a team environment and alone, frequently working under the stress of making quick decisions and giving immediate advice during public health emergencies.

• Willing and able to work on several short-term and long-term projects simultaneously.

• Willing and able to work at a computer for long periods of time each day within accepted ergonomic guidelines.

• Willing and able to occasionally travel in and out of state, including some overnight stays.

• Willing and able to legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.

Application Process

Individuals interested in applying for this position should visit the complete job announcement at for more information and instructions on how to apply.


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