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Job Title:

Food Safety Officer 1 or 2 (Permanent)

Opening Date/Time:

Wed. 04/02/14 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time:

Wed. 04/16/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time


$2,789.00 - $3,631.00 Monthly

Job Type:

Full Time - Permanent


Multiple Locations Statewide, Washington


Dept. of Agriculture

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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.



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.

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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 facilities.
  • 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 improper conditions.

Provides 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.

Provides 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 support.


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.

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Supplemental Information:


If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may call Amber Robertson, HR Consultant at (360) 725-5506 or

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.




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