Officer 1 or 2 (Permanent)
04/02/14 12:00 AM Pacific Time
04/16/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
- $3,631.00 Monthly
Locations Statewide, Washington
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The Washington State Department of
Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural
community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.
COME JOIN OUR DIVERSE AND DEDICATED
There is one (1) full-time permanent position
available within the Food Safety Program of the Food Safety and Consumer
Services Division. The position will be located in Pierce, Thurston, or
Lewis Counties depending on where the successful applicant's duty
station resides. This position will start at a Food Safety Officer 1
($2,789 - $3,631 per month). After 12 months successful completion, may
advance to a Food Safety Officer 2 ($3,377 - $4,429 per month). Depending on
qualifications, may start at the Food Safety Officer 2 level.
About the position:
This position performs inspections, investigations, and collects samples to
protect the public from unsafe or adulterated food by gaining compliance
with state laws and federal regulations. This position conducts food and
feed safety inspections in facilities that process or hold food or feed
products including food processors; dairy farms; dairy plants; custom meat
facilities; custom slaughter plants; customer farm slaughter trucks; egg
handling facilities; poultry processors; food warehouses; feed mills,
rendering plants, pet food operations and other food or feed handlers to
assess compliance with state laws and federal regulations. This position
discerns between significant and critical violations and issues reports of
inspection finding to licensed and unlicensed firms through the use of
numerous forms, both state and federal.
This position initiates enforcement actions based on inspection findings
and acts to assess the situation. Conditions may warrant stop sale notices
or embargoes of food or feed products. Reports are the foundation of
degrade action, notice of intent, or plant closure. This position may be
asked to participate in drafting compliance agreements. This position is
responsible to compile evidence, photo documentation, write reports, and
provide expert witness testimony in support of legal actions.
For more information
about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at www.agr.wa.gov
Included but are
not limited to:
Conducts Food Safety Program public health inspections, feed
inspections, and investigates consumer complaints that are reported.
- Conducts detailed and complex
sanitation surveys and inspections on licensed or unlicensed
- Performs inspections in
compliance with Washington State laws and federal regulations.
- Performs inspections of Grade
"A" diary plants and cheese, ice cream and butter factories
to determine initial and continued compliance with all diary laws.
- Performs scientific technical
testing of pasteurizing equipment by means of electronic timing,
instruments and saline solutions; tests indicators and recording thermometers
for accuracy and reliability.
- Collects samples relating to
investigation and contamination or adulteration of food and feed.
- Provides technical assistance
to consulting firms, municipal officials, industrial plant personnel,
and other local government personnel on problems and practices
affecting sanitation in the dairy and food industry.
- Performs inspections of feed
mills, pet food facilities and rendering operations.
- Performs field investigations
of consumer complaints and takes appropriate action to correct
clear and concise reports on inspection and investigation findings.
- Collects, analyzes and
summarizes data obtained from surveys and inspections.
- Documentation may include
photographs and copies of labels and other records.
- Assists in the development of
documents required if a compliance action in required or taken.
- Prepares summaries of
activities for monthly reports.
and/or participates in training activities.
- Attends training to obtain
and maintain inspection proficiency and keeps current on Office of
Regulatory Affairs (ORA) on-line training classes.
- Provides and/or participates
in emergency management training, drills and exercises to aid in
preparedness for nuclear, chemical or natural disasters. These efforts
are designed to mitigate the impact of disasters on public health via
the food chain.
- Attends and participates in
routine staff meeting both regional and statewide and occasionally
works with other Food Safety Officers to maintain consistency or lend
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in bacteriology, microbiology,
food science, food technology, biochemistry, dairy science, or a natural
science in a closely allied field AND
two (2) years of equivalent public health regulatory related
experience or three (3) years of quality control experience in a food or
dairy processing plant.
A valid Washington State Driver's license.
Candidate must be willing to:
- Be expose
to loud noises, unpleasant odors and extreme temperatures.
- Be exposed to farm animals.
- Walk on rough, 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.
- Operate state assigned
computers often while in the car.
- Work variable hours; however,
normally Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may
call Amber Robertson, HR Consultant at (360) 725-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 may call (360) 725-5506 or the Telecommunications Device
for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.