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SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST - 42004492

Date: Jun 12, 2017

Location: N/A, FL, US, NEGOTIABLE

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Requisition No: 13083 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST - 42004492

Position Number: 42004492 

Salary:  $30,988.62 - $54,579.27 

Posting Closing Date: 06/26/2017 

SANITATION AND SAFETY SPECIALIST

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY
BUREAU OF FOOD INSPECTION

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (includes Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Natural Resources and Physical Sciences); or

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one (1) year of professional field experience in food sanitation or quality control or food regulatory inspection, food establishment management or operations; or

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (includes Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Natural Resources and Physical Sciences).
An associate’s degree from an accredited college can substitute for two (2) years of the required years of experience.

Work experience as described above may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

Requires possession of a valid Class "E" Driver License.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours
worked and education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and
other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Employees appointed to positions involved in food establishment inspections under authority of Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, must take and pass the Food and Drug Administration Standardization Program as implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pass and maintain laws and rules, certified public food manager and HACCP test and/or certification within 12 months of appointment and/or before attaining permanent status in the class.

NOTES:

This position is negotiable only within Northern Sarasota County

This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of s.112.313, F.S. and Section 60L – 36.003, Florida Career Service Rules and Regulations.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsible for conducting regulatory inspections of food establishments under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) as set forth in Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 5K-4, Florida Administrative Code, for compliance with regulatory, sanitation and consumer protection requirements.  Utilizes a risk-based approach to evaluate processing methods, production controls, equipment design, structural design and maintenance, and personnel practices to assure that foods for human consumption are safe and prepared, packed, distributed and stored under sanitary conditions.  Performs inspections/reviews, as required, for contract or cooperative agreement programs with federal partners including, but not limited to, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Performs opening inspections on food establishments, evaluating and assessing the food processes and activities conducted to determine the requirements for the specific business.  Utilizes science based knowledge to determine compliance with environmental and sanitation regulations for processes which may include, but not be limited to, reduced oxygen packaging, low acid food processing, seafood processing, acidified foods, and foods deemed potentially hazardous due to their ability to support rapid growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms, which may occur in food establishments. Prepares reports to document regulatory deficiencies, interprets and explains significance of public health laws, rules and sanitation and safety standards to food establishment personnel, advising management of the necessary corrective action as part of each inspection.  Initiates stop sale orders, stop use orders, destruction reports, release notices, and movement of goods under stop sale orders when indicated by inspection findings. Assists as needed in other territories and districts.

Responsible for other inspection functions including, but not limited to, investigation of consumer complaints; follow‑up reporting; food-borne illness investigations; information requests from consumers; opening inspections for new businesses; special inspections of fire or flood damaged food establishments; inspection of foods in vehicles involved in accidents; multi-agency investigations/inspections or special projects; any emergency response and other tasks, as may be designated.  Some tasks will require evening, weekend and/or holiday activity, including overnight and/or extended travel.  Independently exercises professional judgment and institutes appropriate enforcement actions while discharging responsibilities.  Uses effective judgment, knowledge of statutes and rules involved, and awareness of legal implications for compliance with regulations, sanitation, cleanliness, labeling and other food safety regulations and related requirements.

Responsible for inspecting and testing foods for compliance with consumer protection standards.  Conducts inspections and reports the results of testing of foods using various test procedures and methods for compliance with consumer protection standards using sampling methods required by each procedure to insure statistically valid findings. Related tasks include, but are not limited to, the review of food labels for misrepresentation and inclusion of mandatory consumer information, evaluation of advertising matter for possible product misrepresentation, selection of food samples for laboratory analysis, and investigation and collection of food samples when circumstances indicate possible food adulteration or other violations of the law.  Responsible for the operation, calibration and maintenance of inspection test equipment including, but not limited to, thermometers, sanitizer test kits, ph meters, and associated equipment and reagents.

Administrative functions include the preparation and timely submission of accurate and complete inspection reports, sample collection reports, food permit applications, consumer complaint reports, daily activity reports, travel vouchers, expense vouchers, supply requisitions and other documents as may be required.  Responsible for attending training sessions and courses as designated.  Responsible at all times for following department policies and procedures and conducting official duties in a professional manner as a representative of FDACS.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Theory and applied knowledge in biological, chemical, physical and environmental factors affecting food safety and related control measures.
  • Ability to evaluate food establishment structures, environment, equipment, methods and controls for compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Working knowledge and ability to understand specialized food processing which may include reduced oxygen packaging, low acid foods, acidified foods, major classifications of pathogenic micro organisms commonly associated with food-borne illness, aerobic or anaerobic, temperature and pH reproductive requirements, typical food substrates, related control measures and the application of such factors into food safety Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, or other processes not previously specified which may occur in food establishments.
  • Working knowledge and ability to understand food additives, preservatives, coloring agents and chemicals used in conjunction with or incidental to food processing storage.
  • Ability to document sanitation and regulatory discrepancies and advise management of corrective action. Ability to test foods for compliance including test‑kit and/or equipment usage.
  • Working knowledge of statutes and rules establishing food requirements.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and manner while conducting inspections and in instituting appropriate enforcement actions.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and timely reports.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Knowledge of personal computer hardware and software resources.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve basic personal computer hardware/software operation problems.
  • Ability to train and instruct others utilizing sound communication skills.

SPECIAL NOTES:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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