Agriculture Compliance Specialist 1

Ga. Dept. of Agriculture

Various Locations,  Georgia

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  This position is assigned to the following counties: Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Lanier, Pierce and Ware.  Applicant must reside in one of these counties or be willing to relocate.

This position is located in the Retail Food Section, which is responsible for enforcing state laws, rules and regulations by conducting sanitation inspections of retail food stores. Regulated firms include grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, seafood operations, salvage food operations, mobile meat trucks and rolling stores to ensure Good Retail Practices (GRP's) are being followed and the wholesomeness of food is maintained. The retail food safety inspectors, or compliance specialists, conduct random and unannounced inspections of food sales establishments that are licensed by the GDA. 

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Inspects and investigates food facilities for compliance with applicable health and sanitation laws and regulations; 
  • Collects food samples for laboratory analysis;
  • Verifies accuracy of scales;
  • Checks refrigeration equipment for proper operation;
  • Checks for proper product packaging and labeling;
  • Observes food facility employees;
  • Evaluates proper equipment cleaning procedures and proper handling of insecticides and sanitizing chemicals;
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Completion of a bachelor's degree in agronomy, animal science, biology, chemistry or a related field/area; or certification as a registered sanitarian or environmental health specialist.

NOTE:  If you are applying for this position based on the college credit, please submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.   This will help determine if you meet the qualifications for this position based on education.  Failure to submit a transcript may result in not being eligible for this specific position if qualifying based on education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   Preference will be given to applicants, who, in addition to meeting the Minimum Qualifications, possess knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Certification as a registered sanitarian or registered environmental health specialist by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA);
  • Two years of professional experience conducting inspections and investigations for compliance with established state and federal health and food and/or milk sanitation laws, rules and regulations; and/or
  • Working knowledge of Windows computer operating system and applications.

NOTE: The Georgia Department of Agriculture conducts background checks on all final candidates.  Hiring of applicants is contingent upon satisfactory results of employment verification, background and criminal records investigations and motor vehicle reports.

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