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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 42001851

Date: Oct 1, 2018

Location: N/A, FL, US, NEGOTIABLE

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Requisition No: 45452 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 42001851

Position Number: 42001851 

Salary:  $36,467.60 - $46,467.72 

Posting Closing Date: 10/21/2018 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY
BUREAU OF FOOD INSPECTION

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

This position’s headquarters is negotiable only within Broward or Palm Beach County.

CONTACT:

Myriam Perdomo-Pabon at (850) 245-5520

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences and two (2) years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation, or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences; or

Professional experience in environmental protection, regulation, or health; or one of the physical or natural sciences can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

This position requires possession of a valid Driver License.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours worked and formal education are required to be considered in qualifying 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 complete basic training requirements stated in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Programs Standard 2 (MFRPS), Laws and Rules and Certified Food Manager certifications, as required, as implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services within 12 months of appointment and/or before attaining permanent status in the class.

Occasional travel required.

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.

NOTES:

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $36,467.60 annually.  If this is a promotional opportunity within the State Personnel System, an increase in the recommended applicant’s current salary may be considered.

This position’s headquarters is negotiable only within Broward or Palm Beach County.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsible for conducting regulatory inspections of manufactured 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 in manufactured food establishments to assure that foods for human consumption are safe and prepared, packed, distributed and stored under sanitary conditions.  Performs inspections and collects food and environmental samples as required under contract with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Performs opening inspections on manufactured food establishments, evaluating and assessing the food processes and activities conducted to determine the requirements for the specific business. The incumbent must utilize a high level of expertise in the microbiology of spoilage organisms and food-borne pathogens, toxicology, food production and processing procedures, good manufacturing practices and one or more of the following: low acid canned food processing, seafood processing, acid/acidified food processing, juice processing, or other processes not previously specified which may occur in manufactured food establishments.  Performs inspections of manufactured food establishments in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), applying current good manufacturing practices, and other applicable laws and regulations. Must be knowledgeable with the major classifications of pathogenic microbial organisms commonly associated with food-borne illness; their aerobic or anaerobic, temperature and pH reproductive requirements; typical food substrates; and related control measures and apply the knowledge of these factors to the review of food safety/Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans during inspections. Performs joint inspections/investigations with FDA and other federal, state, and local agencies as appropriate. Prepares reports to document regulatory deficiencies, interprets and provides education 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; disaster surveillance; and other tasks as may be designated by the bureau or district supervisor. Independently exercises professional judgment and institutes appropriate enforcement actions while discharging his or her 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. Interviews and takes statements and affidavits from coworkers, industry, consumers, and other government officials regarding issues of alleged violation of Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code. Provides testimony, documentation and/or affidavits to support search and seizure warrants and/or prosecution through administrative, regulatory, civil, and criminal hearings as required. 

Responsible for attending training sessions and courses as required in Standard 2 of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS), and position specific training under the incident command structure for rapid response as designated by the bureau. 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 at all times for following department policies and procedures and conducting official duties in a professional manner as a representative of FDACS. Some tasks will require evening, weekend and/or holiday activity, including overnight and/or extended travel. 

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 and environmental 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. Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. 
  • Ability to use technical critical thinking skills. 
  • Maintain expertise in pathogenic microbial organisms associated with food-borne disease. 
  • Ability to operate a computer to access, input and retrieve electronic information. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.  
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to interpret rules and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of program goals, strategies, policies, and procedures of the department. 
  • Skill in completing and maintaining accurate records. 
  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Food Safety Management System (FIMS).

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.