Washington State Feed Specialist (FSO 2) - Feed/Rapid Response Team in Washington


The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has a permanent full-time Feed Specialist - *Food Safety Officer 2 *(FSO 2) position available that works within the Food Safety and Consumer Services (FS&CS;) Division - Feed and Rapid Response Team (RRT) Program. This positions works out of the *South West and South Central area *(including but not limited to Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis Counties).

This position serves the Feed & RRT program in carrying out its work objectives by performing feed inspections and investigation of feed manufacturers/distributors as well as collecting samples to protect animals and humans from unsafe or adulterated food. In addition, this position serves as the primary liaison between industry partners and the Feed & RRT program for technical assistance related to animal feed.

The FSO 2 plays a participatory role in the implementation of the Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) including but not limited to serving as a workgroup participant. This position regularly attends national meetings, workshops, and trainings related to animal feed, AFRPS, rapid response, and similar topics. Travel within the state is common, with less frequent national travel.

About the Program:

The Feed & Rapid Response Team (RRT) Program within the WSDA FS&CS; Division works to protect animal and public health through the regulation of animal food product manufacturing, sampling, technical assistance, implementation of the AFRPS and coordinating effective and efficient responses to both food and feed incidents.

For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at *www.agr.wa.gov*


Include but not limited to:

  • Conduct inspections and investigations related to animal feed products
  • Performing independent and comprehensive inspections and investigations at animal feed manufacturing facilities, distributors, transloader locations, warehouses, and retail locations under the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).
  • Conducting additional inspection and investigational activities at animal feed manufacturing facilities, distributors, transloader locations, warehouses, and retail locations under state authority, as instructed.
  • Ability to discern between critical and significant observations during inspection/investigation activities and document the observations appropriately.
  • Participating in joint inspections and investigations with co-workers and/or federal partners.
  • Documenting inspection and investigation findings in a concise and well-formatted manner to Feed/RRT Registration staff and Feed/RRT Program Manager.
  • Quickly respond to consumer and industry complaints and appropriately documenting follow-up activities.
  • Assuring compliance with applicable federal, state, and departmental laws, requirements, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the delivery of services provided by the Feed/RRT Program and WSDA.
  • Interpreting and applying laws, rules, policies, and practices applicable to the Feed/RRT Program.
  • Providing testimony during legal and/or compliance/enforcement proceedings related to inspection and sampling activities.
  • Ability to deploy as a member of the Washington Rapid Response Team (RRT) during events related to food and/or feed, particularly when Incident Command System (ICS) is implemented.
  • Conduct sampling activities of animal feed related products
  • Collect samples of animal feed-related products under US FDA authority and state authority when employing appropriate sampling techniques.
  • Collect samples in response to consumer and industry complaint follow-up activities.
  • Prepare, document, and ship samples in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Active participation in the implementation of the Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS)
  • Serving as an implementation workgroup participant, as assigned and working with Program staff to gather data, create recommendations, and report out on assigned topics.
  • Provide suggestions and guidance to Feed/RRT Program Management related to field-based activities.
  • Provide technical assistance and effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Effectively communicating with licensees, registrants, agency representatives, and stakeholder in order to provide technical assistance in a professional and articulate manner.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the current animal-food related laws, regulations, policies, guidance documents, etc. in order to effectively provide assistance to industry partners and other stakeholders.
  • Effectively communicating with co-workers to troubleshoot and resolve challenges related to program work. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in agriculture, animal feed, animal health/nutrition, public health, or similar field.

At least two (2) years' experience in regulatory inspection and sampling activities.

Demonstrated history of fostering team work, customer service problem resolution, and sound judgment in making decisions which affect customers.

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey policy language into easily understood concepts as well as strong proactive communication habits with regards to interacting with various audiences including co-workers, management, and regulatory/industry partners. Promotes cooperative communication and facilitates relationship building amongst diverse groups.

Demonstrated history of accepting accountability and responsibility for work product and maintaining confidentiality.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience in conducting inspections emphasizing Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) and Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) control and prevention.

Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships based on trust and mutual respect, collaborative and cooperative problem solving, and soliciting input from and trusting the decisions of others.

Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and implement creative thinking. Learns from mistakes and makes lasting improvements based on lessons learned, utilized prior experience, deciphers complex issues, and communicates respectfully.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to successfully apply for and maintain FDA credentials within two (2) months of hire.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Ability to safely navigate various environments such as manufacturing facilities, animal feeding facilities, and rural roads.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, this position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay regular union dues or non-association fees, (due to religious tenets) within 30 calendar days following employment.

**As a condition of employment, the final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment. Information received from the background check does not automatically make a candidate ineligible for employment.

Supplemental Information


To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile within www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following documents indicated below for this position in order to be considered. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying to the on-line profile.

Please attach the following document indicated below to your profile before completing the on-line application:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications of this position.
  • A professional resume (this is a separate attachment from the application).
  • A three (3) to five (5) page descriptive writing sample on a topic of your choice.

*Please note: *Failure to provide the following documents indicated above will result in disqualification. No documents will be accepted separate from the application.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the human resource consultant listed below. Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you may call Amber Robertson, HR Consultant at (360) 725-5506 or arobertson@agr.wa.gov

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 725-5506 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10647

Department: Dept. of Agriculture

Closing: 11/30/2016 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,451.00 - $4,644.00 Monthly

Location: Clark County - Multiple Locations, WA