There are three positions open with the Food
Safety Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. One position will
cover the north Oregon Coast, one position will
cover Eugene/Lane County, and one in Portland. This recruitment will be
used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the immediate
The goal of this recruitment is to fill these positions at a Natural
Resources Specialist 3 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the
minimum qualifications for a Natural Resources Specialist 1 (Food Safety
Trainee) to apply, as we may consider underfilling
these positions until the selected candidate meets the minimum
qualifications for a Natural Resources Specialist 3. Underfill
training will not exceed two years.
Reviews and evaluates complex facility plans and license applications for
compliance with applicable State and Federal laws for food
establishments. Comments in writing on adequacy or deficiency of
proposed plans and applications, and either grants or denies approval.
Reviews and evaluates food establishments’ programs for sanitation, product
handling, pest control, adulteration, product standards compliance, and
HACCP programs (where applicable) in addition to any other areas that may
affect the safety and marketability of food products.
Reviews proposed Division projects, policies, and programs. Provides
comments and feedback.
Plans for and performs inspections in food establishments. The steps in an
inspection process include, but are not limited to scheduling, travel
(local and overnight), file review, site inspection, review of processing
records, creating inspection reports, verbal review of the report with a
member of the establishment’s management, regulatory action, and
Conducts consumer complaint investigations and takes appropriate action,
including, but not limited to consultation, cease and desist orders,
product embargo, and closure. Recommends and implements other actions
appropriate to the situation. Conducts follow-up inspections to ensure
compliance with requirements.
Takes enforcement action including, but not limited to degrading farms, and imposing cease and desist orders, product
embargoes, sanitation warnings, and closures. Recommends and implements
other actions appropriate to the situation. Conducts follow-up inspections
to ensure compliance with requirements.
Conducts foodborne illness investigations in coordination with the Oregon
Department of Human Services (DHS) and County Health Departments.
Researches characteristics, symptoms, and possible path of infection of
suspect organism(s). At the direction of the DHS, conducts interviews with
infected person(s), makes a site inspection, draws conclusions, writes
reports, and communicates with State epidemiologists.
Conducts inspections to ensure compliance with requirements of State
drinking water standards when sanitary surveys or water sample test results
indicate a need.
Collects samples for laboratory analysis when inspection conditions
indicate the need or for routine surveillance of retail, manufacturing,
dairy, water, egg, meat, and shellfish
programs. Requests laboratory testing. Packages test samples
according to the proper controls and ships or delivers samples to
lab. Interprets lab results and explains results and implications to
industry. Initiates enforcement action or compliance agreement as
Monitors egg programs for compliance with quality grades and takes
appropriate action when eggs are found to be out of compliance.
Reviews package labels for compliance with Federal and State labeling laws.
Performs FDA contract inspections of selected firms as directed.
Specialist 3 level ($3,727 - $5,442):
You must be licensed as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist
with the State of Oregon Environmental Health Registration Board.
Requirements for admission to the Registered Environmental Health
Specialist's examination and registration are:
A baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 45 quarter hours, or equivalent
semester hours, college level science courses related to Environmental
Health; AND a minimum of twenty-four months acceptable experience in
environmental health under the supervision of a registered environmental
health specialist or a person possessing equal qualification as determined
by the Environmental Health's Registration Board.
Specialist 1 level (Food Safety Trainee, ($2,816 - $4,089):
You must be eligible to register and obtain registration as a Sanitarian
Trainee with the State of Oregon Sanitarian's Registration board at time of
hire. Requirements for admission to the examination and registration for
Registered Sanitarian Trainee are: (1) a baccalaureate degree with a
minimum of 45 quarter hours, or equivalent semester hours in science
courses related to Environmental Sanitation; OR (2) a minimum of 15 quarter
or equivalent semester hours, of college level science courses related to
environmental sanitation and have at least 60 months experience in
environmental sanitation under the supervision of a registered sanitarian
registered in Oregon.
NOTE: To receive credit for all required/related coursework, a photocopy of
transcripts is required.
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complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all
supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the
supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum
qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for
the position. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the
requirements for this position will be invited to interview.
need assistance to participate in the application process, you are
encouraged to call 503-986-4584 (voice) or 503-945-6214 (TTY) between 8:00
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Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer committed to work force diversity.