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Working Title

Food Safety Specialist Prince George, VA

Role Title

Environmental Specialist I - 59031

Job Open Date


Job Close Date
Jobs close at 5pm EST.


Job Type Detail

Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?


Hiring Range

$31,979; depending on relevant qualifications.


Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)

Agency Website

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Prince George - 149



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Type of Recruitment

General Public - G

Job Type

Full-Time (Salaried)

Pay Band


Job Description

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety & Security team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include: evaluating food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints and conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; responding to emergency situations; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

The work territory for this position includes the Counties/Cities of: Prince George, Brunswick, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Sussex, Surry, and Richmond (zip codes 23219, 23220, 23224, 23226, 23230). The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office and will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory. The use of a state vehicle will be provided.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed in addition to a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.

Special Requirements

In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, the final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement.

NEW: Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed.

Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.

Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.

Finally, if you have a "yellow form" or "blue card" issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. This is the responsibility of the applicant.

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Contact Information


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(804) 371-8066




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