Regulatory Officer I - Food Material
Summary
Title:Regulatory Officer I - Food Material
ID:1091
Division:Regulatory and Environmental Affairs
Campaign End Date:N/A
Description
Job Title:  Regulatory Officer I- Food Material
Division:  Regulatory and Environmental Affairs
Headquarters:  Moorefield Agricultural Complex, Moorefield WV
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Nature of Work:
The Regulatory Officer I – Food Material inspects retail, distribution and manufacturing facilities which handle products that are monitored as stipulated in the laws and regulations of the State and by the policies of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). These products may include but are not limited to: frozen desserts, dairy products, shell eggs, retail meats, and produce. Inspections of other commodities may be required on occasion and may be directed at the discretion of division administrators. After successful completion of the required training, the employee will work with the subunit supervisor to develop an appropriate schedule. Employee may also conduct contract work for the FDA, USDA, and the WVDHHR/BPH.

Examples of Work:
  • Inspect soft serve freezer operations and sample frozen dessert products for bacterial analyses and enter all data in the WVDA computer system.
  • Inspect retail meat operations and sample retail meat products for bacterial and composition analyses and enter all data in the WVDA computer system.
  • Inspect and sample frozen and fresh dairy products at retail outlets and distributors and enter all data in the WVDA computer system.
  • Select and grade shell eggs in grocery stores, restaurants, retail outlets and distributors, and enter all data into the WVDA computer system.
  • Conduct USDA Shell Egg Inspections with the ability to fill out complex USDA forms and paperwork.
  • Conduct USDA Poultry Inspections with the ability to fill out complex USDA forms and paperwork.
  • Conduct Preparation and Satellite Site Inspections and collect samples for the WVDHHR Summer Food Program and enter all information in the WVDA computer system.
  • Conduct Farmers Market and Farmers Market Vendor inspections, with the ability to educate and convey complex issues; fill out complex forms and enter into a computer system.
  • Respond to consumer complaints regarding products regulated by WVDA.
  • Compile necessary reports and documents to be completed after inspections and sampling.
  • Conduct recalls for the WVDA or assist the FDA, USDA, or WVDHHR/BPH when necessary.
  • Complete numerous trainings online and in classroom settings to comply with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards.
  • Complete all inspections and enter data for samples and inspection at all firms into numerous computer programs.
  • Submit applicable inspection reports to supervisor weekly.
  • Complete weekly time and leave sheets.
  • Complete and submit Daily Activity Reports to supervisor weekly.
  • Complete and submit monthly transportation logs, thermometer calibration logs, and cash advance forms to supervisor weekly.
  • Complete travel expense settlement forms as applicable.
  • Provide technical assistance to retailers, producers, and distributors.
  • Attend state and national meetings and training seminars.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions:
Frequently bend, squat, stand, sit, climb, kneel, reach above shoulder level, push/pull and/or walk for extended period, and operate motorized equipment. Must be able to lift/carry 50 pounds. Work requires being outdoors in extreme weather including heat, cold, rain and snow. Approximately 85% of work time is spent in travel within assigned territory and may include overnight stay.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of WV Code Chapter 19 relating to duties and responsibilities of the WV Department of Agriculture, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division.
  • Computer skills in various applications such as Microsoft Office software products.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply complex laws and regulations in diverse situations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
  • Ability to make public presentations to industry, schools, professional and community meetings.
  • Ability to perform calculations
  • Ability to reason and analyze complex situations.
  • Ability to organize and carry out work assignments.
  • Ability to file and maintain a good record keeping system.
  • Ability to pay close attention to surroundings and detail so as to detect possible violations of the laws and regulations.

Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in food science, agriculture, agri-business, criminal justice or related field.
Experience: One year of full-time paid employment in a field closely related to the areas of assignment.

Additional Requirements:
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment drug testing.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment law enforcement background investigation, including DMV records.
  • Must maintain a positive image of the Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the State of West Virginia.
This description is subject to review and revision at the discretion of the Commissioner and designees.
 
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