Food Safety Specialist 1

Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ohio - Lucas County

Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Lucas County

Other Locations: United States of America-OHIO-Putnam County, United States of America-OHIO-Mercer County, United States of America-OHIO-Hancock County, United States of America-OHIO-Darke County, United States of America-OHIO-Auglaize County, United States of America-OHIO-Miami County, United States of America-OHIO-Paulding County, United States of America-OHIO-Henry County, United States of America-OHIO-Allen County, United States of America-OHIO-Van Wert County, United States of America-OHIO-Defiance County, United States of America-OHIO-Williams County, United States of America-OHIO-Hardin County, United States of America-OHIO-Wood County, United States of America-OHIO-Fulton County

Work Locations:

AGRI Putn 
Ottawa 45875

Organization: Agriculture

Classified Indicator: Classified

Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit


Work Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Compensation: 22.61

Job Function: Public Health 

Agency Contact Name: Jason Rettinger 

Agency Contact Information: 

Food Safety Specialist 1 (190004A9) 

Job Duties

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 may be located in one of the following counties: Henry, Putnam or Wood. The duties for the Food Safety Specialist 1 position include but are not limited to:

  • Collects samples, conducts inspection, evaluation, investigation & surveillance activities of wholesale & retail food industry forcompliance with mandated state &/or federal laws & rules to ensure safe production & sale of food products
  • Conducts surveys & audits of local health department’s safety programs (e.g., evaluates program activities & performance ofpersonnel through rating system) for compliance with mandated standards
  • Independently conducts one-on- one inspection standardization procedures to evaluate local health department personnel inproper implementation of mandated state food safety standards
  • Prepares reports of technical nature & compares local health department & food industry performance to required procedures &guidelines & recommends training & additional assistance when warranted.
  • Conducts and writes reports for FDA contract inspections.
  • Provides expert advice, consultation & direction to food industry &/or local health department personnel on food safety issues:instructs local health department & industry personnel on proper sanitary practices; ensures compliance with good manufacturingpractices, agriculture food laws & regulations
  • Provides technical assistance & consultation &/or implements individual &/or group training as developed by higher level foodsafety specialists to local health department &/or industry personnel.
  • Conducts inspections &/or investigations of consumer related inquiries or site evaluation of new or altered facilities
  • Maintains evaluation instruments & technical field equipment; participates in drills & exercises of emergency plans
  • Prepares & delivers speeches & presentations to groups & organizations
  • Operates personal computer & related software to enter, edit & verify data & to produce reports
  • Utilizes inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, pH meter & light meter
  • Informs local boards of health of survey findings
  • Initiates enforcement activities with food industry management
  • Performs other related duties as assigned (e.g., attends meetings, participates on workgroups, travels to trainings & seminars asrequired).

Qualifications: 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. Knowledge of food science; agency, state & federal laws*, rules, regulations & guidelines governing food safety procedures & techniques; microbiology; physics; environmental science; inspection techniques. Skill in operation of personal computer; inspection tools* (e.g., thermometer, test kit, PH meter & light meter). Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; handle sensitive contacts with officials, general public & industry personnel; investigate complaints; provide advice & technical assistance with federal or local government employees, health department personnel & food industry personnel; demonstrate physical fitness.

(*)Developed after employment Unless otherwise required by legislation or union contract, salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range.

Unusual Working Conditions: Works in hot & cold processing areas; exposed to loud noises which may require ear plugs; requires overnight travel. Training & Development Required to Remain in Classification After Employment: Annual renewal of certificate of registration as sanitarian. A Sanitarian-in-Training shall become registered as a sanitarian within the time frame established in Chapter 4736 of the Revised Code & the rules adopted thereunder. Successful completion of FDA contract inspection training & annual FDA contract audits as required by employment. 

Background Check Information: The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.The recommended candidate for this position will be required to take a drug screen as part of their approval process.  A candidate who tests positive for illegal or improperly used controlled drugs will not be hired.


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August 28, 2019