Job Opening: Meat Safety Compliance & Enforcement Specialist

09 April 2019
Title: Meat Safety Compliance & Enforcement Specialist 
Application Deadline: 04/29/2019 
Req ID: 1443 
Department: Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency
Location: Montpelier 
Position Type: Permanent 
Pay Grade: 26
Schedule Type: Full Time 
Job Code
The Meat and Poultry Inspection Section is looking for a Meat Safety Compliance and Enforcement Specialist (MSCES) to further its mission of ensuring that meat and poultry products in-commerce within the state are safe, wholesome, unadulterated and properly marked, labelled and packaged. The incumbent for this position is expected to be knowledgeable of the full range of the standard work of the meat inspection section while conducting, directing, and documenting surveillance, investigatory, and enforcement activities in a multitude of commercial operations that handle and/or process meat and poultry products.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Deputy Director of the Food Safety Consumer Protection Division, and involves interaction with the public, business owners, state and federal officials on a daily basis. Duties are largely performed in an office setting, with substantial travel to conduct in-commerce surveillance activities at warehouses, distributors, transporters, retailers, and other in-commerce businesses
Consider joining one of the hardest working team in state government by applying today! 
Specific duties of the MSCES position include:
Conduct in-commerce surveillance activities at warehouses, distributors, transporters, retailers, and other in-commerce businesses that include food safety, sanitation, food defense, non-food safety consumer protection, order verification, public health response and emergency response.
Perform comprehensive investigations, case documentation, writing of Notices of Warning and Notices of Violation for further action as appropriate.
Perform special investigations for follow-up of consumer complaints, industry complaints, for the VT Attorneys General office, or by request.
Conduct the label approval program for the state meat and poultry inspection program.
May seize meat products in intrastate commerce which are found to be unsound, unwholesome, improperly labeled, or not in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
Prepares reports for state, federal and administrative use.
May testify in administrative hearings and in court cases
Who May Apply
This position, Meat Safety Compliance & Enforcement Inspector (Job Requisition #1443), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Katherine McNamara at (802) 828-2426 or
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
Environmental Factors
Duties are largely performed in an office setting, with substantial travel to conduct in-commerce surveillance activities at warehouses, distributors, transporters, retailers, and other in-commerce businesses. Field travel requires private means of transportation. Potentially hazardous conditions associated with enforcement procedures in secluded areas with difficult individuals. Other hazards such as slippery floors, 180 degree water, sharp knives and machinery, and heavy overhead objects falling may be encountered in some work environments. Work hours may not adhere to a regular workday and/or workweek schedule, with overtime, weekend, or holiday assignments possible. The MSCES are considered essential employees of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, which may require work during times that other state employees are operating under a reduced work force scenario, on days that state offices are closed or have delayed openings/early closings, and during times of hazardous driving conditions.
Minimum Qualifications
Associate's or higher degree in food science, microbiology, animal science, a medical field, or a field related to meat products or animal health AND three (3) or more years’ experience in a similar government organization performing investigatory work to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
Two (2) or more years' experience at the Food Safety Specialist II level
Note: Certification as an accredited meat inspector in a state or federal meat inspection program comparable to Vermont is considered qualifying.
Special Requirements
Normal color vision is required.
Incumbents are required to secure Federal Credentials by passing a federal background check and fingerprinting.
Incumbents are required to successfully complete the current comprehensive USDA, FSIS, OIEA instructed training course, which may include Surveillance, Investigations and Enforcement Methods (SIEM) or Federal Law Enforcement Training (FLETC).
Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
80% State paid medical premium
Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
Low cost group life insurance
Tuition Reimbursement
Incentive-based Wellness Program
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


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