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NRS 3 (Food Safety Specialist) – Salem, OR

Opening Date/Time:

Fri. 05/06/11 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time:

Fri. 05/20/11 11:59 PM Pacific Time


$3,727.00 - $5,442.00 Monthly

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Salem, Oregon


Agriculture-Food Safety


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This position is with the Food Safety Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and will cover the Salem area. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the immediate vacancy. 

The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position 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. 

 Duties & Responsibilities:

1.  Analysis/Evaluation

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.

2.  Inspections/Compliance/Enforcement
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 follow-up. 

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 appropriate.

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.

 Qualifications & Desired Attributes:


Natural Resource 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.

Natural Resource 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. 

 Additional Information:

 To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.

If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to Adding and Removing Attachments to a Profile and Job Posting for further instructions.  This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

This announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS section of this announcement.

Only 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.

If you 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 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.


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