Virginia State Government Food Safety Specialist #01350 in Arlington, Virginia

Position Information
Job Description

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food defense; assisting new and existing food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office.

The work territory for this position includes Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. The successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory.

The use of a state vehicle will be provided.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP (including seafood) and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.

Special Requirements

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line “Virginia Jobs” (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. EOE.

Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable).

Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.

Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.

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Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.

Finally, if you have a “yellow form” or “blue form” issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. Fax to 804-371-8879, call 804-371-8066, or email to THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Contact Information

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(804) 371-8066



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Working Title: Food Safety Specialist #01350

Role Title: Environmental Specialist I - 59031

Job Open Date: 04/20/2017

Job Close Date: 05/04/2017

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: $38,979 - $56,165

Agency: Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)

Agency Website:

Location: Arlington - 013

Position Number: 01350

Job Posting Number: 1023809

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: No

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: 04