Resource Spec 3 (Food Safety Specialist)
Tue. 07/10/12 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Tue. 07/24/12 11:59 PM Pacific Time
$3,962.00 - $5,789.00 Monthly
There are two
positions with the Food Safety Division of the Oregon
Department of Agriculture, one
in Klamath Falls, and one in Portland. This recruitment
will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the
immediate vacancies. The employee in this position inspects retail food
establishments, food processing facilities, dairy farms and facilities, and
shellfish, egg,and meat
processing plants, among others.
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
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Duties & Responsibilities:
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 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:
Specialist 3 level ($3,962 - $5,789):
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, ($2,858 - $4,150):
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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the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be
received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.
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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
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encouraged to call 503-986-4584 (voice) or 503-945-6214 (TTY) between 8:00
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer committed to work force diversity.