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Produce Safety Data Analyst

Date Posted: 08/03/2018

Closing Date: 08/17/2018

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Division/Unit: Food and Feed Safety Division

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday – Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $23.74 – $34.86/hourly; $49,569 – $72,788/annually

Classified Status: Unclassified

Connect 700 Pro/gram Eligible: No

Job Summary

NOTE: This position located in Northfield, MN. This is a temporary unclassified position and is anticipated to end 06/27/2020.

This position will assess and oversee the development of farm inventory and inspection data systems for the Produce Safety Program in the Food and Feed Safety Division (FFSD). Additionally, this position is responsible for administering any registrations associated with the Produce Safety Rule at the state level. This position will also work with the US Food and Drug Administration and associated internal and external IT systems to assist in the development and implementation of grant required XML data exchanges.


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree or higher in Food Science, Biological Science, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geography, Horticulture or other plant specific degree, Computer or Information Sciences, or a related field.


Three (3) years of experience working with environmental health, agriculture, agricultural or farm education or related.

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


  • Data systems development and management.
  • Produce and/or food safety sufficient to understand the data, issues that may arise, and terminology.


  • Research, organize, execute, and evaluate data independently and to correlate findings from a variety of sources to design complex reports
  • Communicate effectively and convincingly in spoken and written context is essential.  This position requires well developed interpersonal communication, problem solving ability and organizational skills
  • Review and analyze complex technical information
  • Prepare and interpret complex reports using software tools such as:  Access, ArcGIS, Visio, Powerpoint, Excel, Word and SharePoint.


  • Developing, implementing and analyzing data systems
  • Recognizing data anomalies and problems and providing recommendations for corrective action
  • Writing, editing and documenting of data related reports and information sufficient to communicate ideas
  • Processing complex regulatory information obtained through inspections
  • Organization and prioritization to ensure sufficient and effective data management operations and the ability to monitor project activities and progress

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience developing and maintaining data systems
  • A minimum of one (1) year of  experience with regulatory program develoment or administration
  • Knowledge of growing produce and food safety principles directly related to the produce industry
  • Ability to write simple SQL queries and reports using standard report writing software
  • Proficient in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Karen, Arabic or other languages
  • Ability to work with various perspectives, cultures and worldwide views

Physical Requirements

The incumbent for this position will need to occasionally accompany field staff during inspections and will enter farms.  The incumbent must be able to:

  • Ascend/descend ladders and steps and walk over potentially rough, uneven terrain
  • Maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time
  • Work in all types of weather conditions and hot or cold environments

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to (Job ID 25157).