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Washington State Food Safety Compliance Specialist 3 (Inspection Standards Specialist) in Eastern Washington, Washington


The Washington State Department of Agriculture services the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

**This is open to current, internal WSDA employees only**

We have a great career opportunity available as a Food Safety Officer 3 (FSO3) with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Food Safety Program in** Eastern, WA. Acting as the Inspection Standards Specialist (ISS) in Eastern Washington not only will this person perform independent inspections, investigations and sample collection to protect the public from unsafe food they will also be a key team member to review the inspectional work of other program staff for accuracy, consistency and completeness to ensure program goals are met. This position requires travel within your assigned area to conduct food safety inspections in facilities but also at the state and national level to represent WSDA on a limited basis.

Some of what you will be doing:**

  • Conduct quality assurance reviews of inspection staff and provide constructive feedback to inspection staff and management for process improvement.
  • Independently perform technically complex public health inspections and investigations.
  • Conduct federally mandated tests of dairy pasteurizing equipment.
  • Conducts Food Safety Program public health investigations, trace back and recall effectiveness checks.
  • Provide high-level technical assistance to WSDA's regulated industries and the consumers of Washington State.
  • Collects and prepare food samples to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Remains prepared to respond to public health emergencies. Must participate in training, drills and exercises to help ensure preparedness for nuclear, chemical, natural or man-made disasters that impact food. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Preferably in a science field but this is not a requirement. The qualified candidate will demonstrate completion of biology, chemistry, food science, animal science and/or other science based courses.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal guidance to achieve established program goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp ideas and concepts and create tangible results in the pursuit of established program goals and objective.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience coordinating efforts of multiple parties and projects with overlapping or competing time lines.
  • Public speaking experience and proven ability to act with sound judgment when representing WSDA to a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office products.
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be able to earn and maintain a FDA Commission. Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in the food industry and understanding of production agriculture.

  • Minimum of three years of professional work experience conducting regulatory inspections in a food-manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead/influence, plan and organize self and others, be supportive of others and be adaptable. Supplemental Information

Must acquire and maintain WA State driver's license, and FDA Commission.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be comfortable being exposed to loud noises, ambient weather conditions including heat and cold, unpleasant odors, farm animals and extreme temperatures.
  • Walk on rough and uneven ground and work around large manufacturing equipment.
  • Frequently climb ladders and walk on open metal scaffolding in high places.
  • Lift large or heavy objects up to 50 pounds such as a cooler loaded with food samples. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. This means employees are required to pay regular union dues or non-association fees within 30 calendar days of their start date.


  1. Complete your profile.
  2. Click green "Apply" button in upper right hand corner.
  3. Complete application and attach a cover letter that highlights how your education, skills, and abilities match what we are looking for.
  4. Successfully pass skills assessment as part of the hiring process.

Resumes are not required, but can be submitted if desired. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Cynthia Gonzalez, Talent Acquisition Specialist, at (360) 902-2020 or Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

Final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment. Information received from the background check does not automatically make a candidate ineligible for employment.

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2020 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

Salary: $4,492.00 - $5,886.00 Monthly

Location: Multiple Locations - Eastern Washington, WA

Job Type: Agency Internal - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Agriculture

Job Number: 2019-0844

Closing: 8/22/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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