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Employment Opportunities
To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the
on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov no later than 5 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this flyer.
Food Safety Specialist
(Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)
#00627, Prince George
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of
our Food Safety & Security team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the
enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the
condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food security; assisting new and existing food
processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating
complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related
products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and
evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.
The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional
field office. The work territory includes Brunswick, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George,
Richmond City, Sussex, and Surrey. Successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned
territory. The use of a state vehicle will be provided.
Qualifications: Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary
supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard
office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and
written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and
regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The
ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team
environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and
environments; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to
walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed in addition to a valid driver’s license and safe
driving record. Prefer: Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field.
Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the
government level and working knowledge of HACCP (especially as pertaining to seafood) and Virginia Food Laws
is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding
knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience. Minimum Salary: $31,979; depending
on relevant qualifications.
In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic
Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter. Additionally, the final candidate must successfully complete a
fingerprint-based criminal background check.
To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at
jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore
the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or
supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in
non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219;
Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail [email protected] EOE.
Quality Customer Service: A VDACS Commitment
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Human Resource Office, Room 248, Oliver Hill Building, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
An Equal Opportunity Employer
vdacs.virginia.gov
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Position #:
Classification:
Applicant:
Interviewer:
00627
Date:
Environmental Specialist I (Food Safety Specialist, Prince George)
NOTE: Interview notes should only contain job-related and factual remarks made by the applicant. No
evaluation of the candidate is being done at this time. Avoid making any type of stray marks or
unnecessary comments on this sheet. Be consistent throughout the entire process.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #1
Based on your review of the job announcement and our brief description of the duties and
responsibilities of the position, describe your work experience and educational coursework that has
given you the most direct background for this position.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #2
Describe any experience, either work related or educational, you have in reading, interpreting and
applying laws and regulations. Has this experience included testifying in court?
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #3
You are conducting an inspection of a bakery and discover a significant number of serious food safety
violations. You discuss the problems with the bakery manager and explain that there are serious
violations of the Virginia Food Laws that must be corrected immediately. The manager become
extremely irate and begins screaming and cursing at you and tells you that you don’t know what you
are talking about. The manager then screams at you to leave his bakery immediately. How have you
handled similar situations in the past and how you handle this specific situation?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #4
Part 1: Explain the significance of the relationship between maintaining the time and temperature of
potentially hazardous foods and the prevention of a food-borne illness.
Part 2: As a Food Safety Specialist, explain the steps you would take if you found potentially
hazardous food in a non-functioning refrigerator at a retail establishment.
Part 1:
Part 2:
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #5
You and another Food Safety Specialist are making a joint inspection of a firm. A disagreement ensues
over whether a certain condition warrants a write-up on the Inspection Report. Both Food Safety
Specialists feel strongly about their positions relative to this situation. Discuss how you would resolve
this situation.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #6
Part 1: Describe the symptoms associated with diseases that are transmissible through food.
Part 2: What are some measures that food employees or managers can take to prevent transmission of a
disease through food?
Part 1:
Part 2:
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #7
A firm you inspect is making fried chicken in their deli department. They start with raw chicken, bread
it, deep fry it, and then hold it hot for customers in their hot case. What are some biological hazards
associated with this product? What would the control measures be to control these hazards?
Biological Hazards:
Control Measures:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION: #8
Part 1: What are the primary, sometimes referred to as “the Big Five,” fecal-oral route pathogens that
cause food-borne illness?
Part 2: What makes them so important?
Part 1:
Part 2:
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION #9:
Tell us about your computer skills including the types of software you are familiar with and the types
of documents you routinely prepare.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION #10:
This position requires good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light
loads up to 40 lbs. Are you able to meet these physical demands with or without accommodations?
Circle one
YES or
NO
_________________________________________________________________________
QUESTION #11:
This position requires the selected candidate to have a valid Virginia driver’s license. Are you able to
meet this requirement?
Circle one
YES or
NO
____________________________________________________________________
QUESTION: #12:
In accordance with the Code of Virginia, if selected for this position, you would be required to
complete a Statement of Economic Interests form at the start of employment and then semi-annually
every January. Do you have any personal or economic interests that may be perceived as a conflict
with the requirements of this position?
Circle one
YES or
NO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUESTION #13:
What additional things can you tell us about yourself, professionally, that might help us determine
whether you might be an appropriate selection for this particular position?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. QUESTION: #13:
Do you have any questions for us?
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. WRITTEN QUESTION
In one page or less, explain how the food safety investigation and inspection process benefits the
citizens of Virginia as well as the Food Industry.
Confidentiality of the recruitment and selection process must be maintained before, during, and after the entire procedure. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action under DHRM’s Standards of Conduct Policy. 

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