Career Posting: Agricultural Specialist/Advisor – Job ID 60910 & 60700

Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Multiple Is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position Agricultural Specialist/Advisor – Job ID 60910 & 60700.

Position Description: Job ID 60910
This position is based out the incumbent’s home office and provides program services to food establishments located in parts of Dakota, Goodhue and Rice counties, to include the towns of Hastings, Lakeville, Cannon Falls and Zumbrota.

Job ID 60700
This position is based out the incumbent’s home office and provides program services to food establishments located in parts of Douglas, Pope, Traverse, Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties, to include the towns of Madison, Morris, Granite Falls and Alexandria.

This position exists to achieve Program goals and objectives by establishing and carrying out a detailed work plan that effectively (1) performs inspections, investigations, compliance, and enforcement activities in food establishments, for assurance and general enforcement of State food safety laws and regulations; (2) provides information and technical assistance for clientele with respect to retail food safety issues or compliance with State retail food safety laws and regulations; and at the Agricultural Advisor level, (3) provides inspection training and evaluation for State and local retail food regulatory staff.

Position Requirements: Agricultural Specialist – To qualify for the Agricultural Specialist level, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in biological or physical science, food science, nutrition, environmental health, or closely related field that includes 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in science courses.

Must be educationally qualified to obtain certification as a Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (RS/REHS) with the State of Minnesota and/or the National Environmental Health Association.

Must currently possess and maintain an active/valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Agricultural Advisor – To qualify for the Agricultural Advisor level, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in biological or physical science, food science, nutrition, environmental health, or closely related field PLUS one (1) year of experience conducting retail food regulatory work (i.e., inspection, investigation, plan review, retail HACCP); or equivalent.

Must currently possess and maintain certification as a Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (RS/REHS) with the State of Minnesota and/or the National Environmental Health Association.

Must currently possess and maintain an active/valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Preferred Qualifications
Agricultural Specialist:

Certification as a Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (RS/REHS) with the State of Minnesota and/or the National Environmental Health Association.

An advanced degree such as a MS, MPH, or higher.

Experience with regulatory work (i.e., inspection, plan review, investigation, compliance, enforcement, retail HACCP) in retail food establishments.

Experience collaborating effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Experience, skill, and comfort with public speaking.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Agricultural Advisor:

An advanced degree such as a MS, MPH, or higher.

More than two (2) years of experience with regulatory work (i.e., inspection, investigation, plan review, retail HACCP) in retail food establishments.

Experience training and/or evaluating risk-based inspections of internal and external regulatory staff. Experience leading or coordinating projects.

Experience collaborating effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Experience, skill, and comfort with public speaking.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Physical Requirements
Agricultural Specialists and Agricultural Advisors conduct inspections and investigations in the field as needed to ensure compliance with State food safety laws and regulations. The work requires the ability to:

Occasionally maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time such as prolonged standing or sitting.
Ascend, descend ladders and steps.
Position self to move/transport food products during investigation and inspection work.
Traverse uneven and/or slippery walking surfaces.
Work in wet, hot, and cold environmental conditions.
Detect shades of product color to make appropriate product acceptability decisions.
Communicate effectively with supervisors and workers in both office and field workplace locations that may be noisy environments.
Detect product abnormalities through a sense of smell.
Additional Requirements
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks and driver's history check.

It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as a part of its hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on finalist(s) for positions within the agency. The background check for this position may include an Employment Records Check and a Reference Check. The background check may consist of the following components.

SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only)
Employment Reference Check
Driver's License Check

Position closes on: 2023-01-06

Where to Apply: https://hcm.selfservice.systems.state.mn.us/psc/mnss/SELFSERVICE/SSHR/c/HRS_HRAM_EMP_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U