Food Safety Specialist 1 at STATE OF OHIO in Bucyrus, Ohio

Posted in Health Care 2 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  ODA bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members.  All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.


The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Food Safety Specialist 1 position in the Food Safety Division, headquartered in Crawford, Hancock, Putnam, Seneca, or Wyandot  County.   The duties for the Food Safety Specialist 1 position include but are not limited to:

  • Collects samples, conducts inspection, evaluation, investigation and surveillance activities of wholesale and retail food industry for compliance with mandated state and/or federal laws and rules to ensure saft production and sale of food products

  • Conducts surveys and audits of local health department’s safety programs 9e.g., evaluates program activities and performance of personnel through rating system) for compliance with mandated standards

  • Independently conducts one-on-one inspection standardization procedures to evaluate local health department personnel in proper implementation of mandated state food safety standards

  • Prepares reports of technical nature and compares local health department and food industry performance to required procedures and guidelines and recommends training and additional assistance when warranted

  • Conducts and writes reports for FDA contract inspections

  • Works independently

  • Conducts quality assurance and verifies processes to ensure adherence to laws and regulations

  • Provides expert advice, consultation and direction to food industry and/or local health department personnel on food safety issues

  • Instructs local health department and industry personnel on proper sanitary practices

  • Ensures compliance with good manufacturing practices, agriculture food laws and regulations

  • Provides technical assistance and consultation and/or implements individual and/or group training as developed by higher level food safety specialists to local health department and/or industry personnel

  • Conducts inspections and/or investigations of consumer related inquiries or site evaluation of new or altered facilities

  • Maintains evaluation instruments and technical field equipment, participants in drills and exercises of emergency plans

  • Prepares and delivers speeches and presentations to groups and organizations

  • Operates personal computer and related software to enter, edit and verify data and to produce reports

  • Utilizes inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, pH meter and light meter

  • Informs local boards of health of survey findings

  • Initiates enforcement activities with food industry management, speaks in front of and works with large groups and organizations

  • Performs other related duties as assigned (e.g., attends meetings, participates on work groups, travels to training and seminars as required)

Unless required by legislation or union contract, starting salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range.  In most cases successful employees will move up a step in the salary range within six months, with subsequent step increases occurring every year with successful performance.


Certificate of registration as sanitarian, sanitarian-in-training or eligible to become sanitarian-in-training by Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration pursuant to Chapter 4736 of Ohio Revised Code

AND completion of full four year course of study in accredited college or university leading to bachelor’s or higher degree which included at least 45 quarter units or 30 semester hours in food science, environmental health, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, physical sciences, food technology, epidemiology, veterinary medical science or related field of study

AND 6 months experience in operation of personal computer

AND valid driver’s license.