Food Safety Specialist – Prince George, VA
Environmental Specialist I - 59031
Job Open Date
Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?
Minimum Salary: $31,352; depending on relevant qualification
Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)
Prince George - 149
Job Posting Number
Does this position have telework options?
General Public - G
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our
Food Safety & Security team. This position is responsible for the
evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws
and related federal and state regulations. Duties include: evaluating food
processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and
retail food establishments; investigating complaints and conducting food
borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food
related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the
development of safe food processes; responding the emergency situations; and
evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary
Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including the structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed in addition to a valid driver's license.
Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, the final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, you must complete a state
application through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" employment site no
later than the cut-off date stated in this flyer.
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