Food Safety Specialist

Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ohio (USA)
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.  This position will be headquartered in one of the following counties: Auglaize, Miami, Shelby, Montgomery, Greene, Madison, Champaign, Clark, Allen, or Logan 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, drug and cosmetic industry for compliance with mandated state and/or federal laws and rules to ensure safe production and sale of food, drug and cosmetic industry
  • Conducts surveys and audits of local health department's safety programs (e.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
  • Provides advice, consultation and direction to food, drug and cosmetic 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; participates 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
June 29, 2018