State of Georgia Agriculture Complnc Spec 1 or 2 in Carroll, Georgia

We at the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) take our responsibilities to you very seriously and are committed to protecting and promoting Georgia's agriculture through superior service and leadership. The mission of the GDA is to protect consumers, promote agriculture, both locally and globally, and assist our customers using education, technology and a professional workforce. The vision of the GDA is to continue to be a globally recognized leader in agricultural excellence through a commitment to safety, quality, growth and innovation.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This position is assigned to the following counties: Carroll, Chattahoochee, Coweta, Fayette, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Muscogee, Paulding, Pike, Polk, Spalding, Stewart, Talbot, Troup, Upson;

Applicant must reside in one of these counties or be willing to relocate. This position is located in the Manufactured Food Section of Food Safety Division of the GDA. This section is responsible for protecting consumers’ health by ensuring that food in Georgia is prepared in a clean environment and honestly presented. The manufactured Food Section employs specialists, which conduct random, unannounced inspections of food manufacturing facilities and warehouse distribution facilities, including processing plants, wholesale bakeries, bottled water and drink processors. These processing specialists collect food and water samples during inspections, and they review sanitation practices and produce labels. All processing specialists must complete advanced training in various specialized processing operations.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Inspects and investigate food & dairy manufacturing facilities;

Performs duties in a manner to insure compliance with applicable rules and regulations, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Model Ordinance (MO) and Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) requirements;

Collects samples of food and dairy finished products, processed products, environmental swabs, raw milk and water samples as necessary from all firms in assigned area of responsibility and/or as directed according to established procedures;

Transports samples to laboratories for analysis within the prescribed timeframe;

Provides knowledge, skills and experience to assist and guide colleagues and management;

Preforms State/FDA contract inspection, HACCP inspection, Shellfish Inspections, and other specialized inspections as assigned;

Maintains a working knowledge of current polices, laws, regulations and guidance documents;

Attends training sessions, meetings and conferences;

Provides consultation, information sharing, technical assistance and in-service training to food and dairy personnel regarding health and food sanitation, rules and regulations and their enforcement;

Maintains working relationship with food and dairy industry and related entities, including federal, state, local agencies;

Prepares and completes agency, state and federal forms as required;

Other duties as assigned;

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Agriculture Compliance Specialist 1 (RCP040)- 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.

Agriculture Compliance Specialist 2 (RCP041)- 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 and one year of experience conducting inspections or investigations for compliance; or one year of experience at lower level (RCP040).

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

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  • Certification as a registered sanitarian or registered environmental health specialist by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

  • Two years of professional experience conducting inspections an investigation for compliance with established state and federal health and food and/or milk sanitation laws, rules and regulations;

  • Working knowledge of Windows computer operating systems and applications and the Digital Health Department (DHD) database

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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.

The GDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer .

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided. Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification. This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

Bachelor's degree in agronomy, animal science, biology, chemistry or a related area from an accredited college or university OR certification as a Registered Sanitarian or Environmental Health Specialist.

Job: *Regulatory

Organization: *Ga. Dept. of Agriculture

Title: Agriculture Complnc Spec 1 or 2

Location: GA-Carroll

Requisition ID: REG0146

Other Locations: GA-Lamar, GA-Spalding, GA-Upson, GA-Chattahoochee, GA-Pike, GA-Talbot, GA-Coweta, GA-Fulton, GA-Meriwether, GA-Polk, GA-Harris, GA-Fayette, GA-Muscogee, GA-Stewart, GA-Troup, GA-Haralson, GA-Heard, GA-Paulding