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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 42001851 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Requisition No:285503

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 42001851 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Position Number:42001851

Salary: $40,948.18 - $49,137.92

Posting Closing Date: 01/19/2021

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY
BUREAU OF FOOD INSPECTION

***INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY--
ONLY CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES WILL BE CONSIDERED. ***

This positions headquarters is negotiable within Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Polk, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Citrus, Collier, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Sarasota and Martin County.

CONTACT:

Karla Stevanus, 850-815-2041

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health and two (2) years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; engineering; or allied health; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health; or

Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist I or higher with the State of Florida. 

Professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; engineering; or allied health can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Employees appointed to positions involved in food establishment inspections under authority of Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, must complete basic training requirements stated in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Programs Standard 2 (MFRPS), Laws and Rules and Certified Food Manager certifications, as required, as implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services within 12 months of appointment and/or before attaining permanent status in the class.

This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of s.112.313, F.S., and Section 60L 36.003, Florida Career Service Rules and Regulations. 

Occasional travel required. 

Must reside in required county(ies) throughout employment in this position.

NOTES:

Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsible for conducting regulatory inspections of manufactured food establishments under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) as set forth Chapter 500, 502, or 583 Florida Statutes, and Florida Administrative Code, for compliance with regulatory, sanitation and consumer protection requirements.  Utilizes a risk-based approach to evaluate processing methods, production controls, equipment design, structural design and maintenance, and personnel practices to assure that foods for human consumption are safe and prepared, packed, distributed and stored under sanitary conditions.  Performs inspections/reviews, as required, for contract or cooperative agreement programs with federal partners including, but not limited to, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Performs opening inspections on food establishments, evaluating and assessing the food processes and activities conducted to determine the requirements for the specific business.  Utilizes science-based knowledge to determine compliance with environmental and sanitation regulations for processes. Performs joint inspections/investigations with FDA and other federal, state and local agencies as appropriate. Prepares reports to document regulatory deficiencies, interprets and explains significance of public health laws, rules and sanitation and safety standards to food establishment personnel, advising management of the necessary corrective action as part of each inspection.  Initiates stop sale orders, stop use orders, destruction reports, release notices, and movement of goods under stop sale orders when indicated by inspection findings.  Assists as needed in other territories and districts.  Provides support to the State Hemp Program.

Responsible for conducting regulatory inspections of high-risk food establishments including, but not limited to, establishments engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, holding, or preparing foods that require a process control system including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), scheduled process, or other such food safety plan. 

Responsible for other inspection functions including, but not limited to: investigation of consumer complaints; follow-up reporting; food- borne illness investigations; information requests from consumers; opening inspections for new businesses; special inspections of fire or flood damaged food establishments; inspection of foods in vehicles involved in accidents; disaster surveillance; and other tasks as may be designated by the bureau or district supervisor. Independently exercises professional judgment and institutes appropriate enforcement actions while discharging his or her responsibilities.  Uses effective judgment, knowledge of statutes and rules involved, and awareness of legal implications for compliance with regulations, sanitation, cleanliness, labeling and other food safety regulations and related requirements. Interviews and takes statements and affidavits from coworkers, industry, consumers, and other government officials regarding issues of alleged violation of Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code.  Provides testimony, documentation and/or affidavits to support search and seizure warrants and/or prosecution through administrative, regulatory, civil and criminal hearings as required. Some tasks will require evening, weekend and/or holiday activity, including overnight and/or extended travel. 

Responsible for inspecting and testing foods for compliance with consumer protection standards.  Conducts inspections and reports the results of testing of foods using various test procedures and methods for compliance with consumer protection standards using sampling methods required by each procedure to insure statistically valid findings. Related tasks include, but are not limited to, the review of food labels for misrepresentation and inclusion of mandatory consumer information, evaluation of advertising matter for possible product misrepresentation, selection of food samples for laboratory analysis, and investigation and collection of food and environmental samples when circumstances indicate possible food adulteration or other violations of the law.  Responsible for the operation, calibration and maintenance of inspection test equipment including, but not limited to, thermometers, sanitizer test kits, ph meters, and associated equipment and reagents. 

Administrative functions include the preparation and timely submission of accurate and complete inspection reports, sample collection reports, food permit applications, consumer complaint reports, daily activity reports, travel vouchers, expense vouchers, supply requisitions and other documents as may be required.  Responsible for attending training sessions and courses as designated.  Responsible at all times for following department policies and procedures and conducting official duties in a professional manner as a representative of FDACS.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. 
  • Ability to use technical critical thinking skills. 
  • Maintain expertise in pathogenic microbial organisms associated with food-borne disease. 
  • Ability to operate a computer to access, input and retrieve electronic information. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.  
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to interpret rules and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of program goals, strategies, policies and procedures of the department. 
  • Skill in completing and maintaining accurate records. 
  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the electronic inspection system.

SPECIAL NOTES:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes,candidates eligible for Veterans Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Posted: 2021-01-06 Expires: 2021-02-05

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) offers a wide variety of employment opportunities from consumer and environmental protection to promoting Florida’s vast agriculture and aquaculture industries. The Department has its own agricultural law enforcement office and a highly trained forestry division charged with fighting wildfires and protecting Florida’s vast forest lands. The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people to review the job listings to find out if this agency can offer them a career opportunity.

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