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Retail Food Science Specialist

Date Posted:  Sep 2, 2022
Requisition ID:  345341

Greencastle, IN, US, 46135

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next-level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Department of Health:

The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $46,000.00.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Retail Food Specialist must have an extensive knowledge of food science, the Indiana Food Code 410 IAC 7-24, and the nationally recognized FDA model food code. The incumbent will act as a subject matter expert on interpreting the food code, conducting product assessment, and providing support to all Indiana food industry members. This position will also be responsible to conduct the enforcement of laws  and regulations governing the processing, packaging, labeling, storage and distribution of food products. The incumbent will conduct food inspections on state property and behavior and mental health facilities. This position is critical to IDOH, the Indiana food industry, and to consumers.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Build team cohesion between State departments, and improve coordination with local, state, and industry partners.
  • Interpret federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
  • Protect the food supply chain system by partnering with field staff, industry, consumers and local health departments (LHD);
  • Assist the local health departments in regulating and supporting food safety inspection and evaluation.
  • Conduct inspections and investigations of food products, storage and preparation facilities examining sanitary practices to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. Prepare technical reports of inspections, documenting observations and making recommendations for action;
  • Investigate hazardous events such as fires, floods, tornadoes, and truck/train wrecks or food processing equipment breakdowns and assure the disposal of dangerous, mislabeled or contaminated foods;
  • Recommend compliance actions to the Retail Supervisor and the Division Director for establishment corrections and improvements.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences and training sessions as assigned by the Retail Supervisor on the local, state and national level;
  • Coordinate pre-standardization evaluation activities with local health department staff who are candidates for the certification in preparation for standardization activities by other staff;
  • Effectively use electronic forms of communication and reporting tools, such as email, internet and USA
  • Food Safety software;
  • Maintain an updated schedule at least one week in advance and any deviations are immediately forwarded to the central office secretary.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Extensive knowledge of, and the ability to apply, federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations which govern food protection;
  • Extensive knowledge of food protection principles, food science and practices including bacteriology, microbiology, chemistry, epidemiology, food technology and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) theory and application;
  • Considerable knowledge of Indiana Department of Health organization, functions, policies, and procedures as they relate to the Food Protection Division as well as the role and structure of federal and local government health agencies and officials;
  • Specialized knowledge of inspection methods, of food manufacturing, preservation and packaging techniques, such as irradiation, reduced oxygen packaging, acidified foods and low-acid canning techniques;
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing with individuals and in group situations;
  • Ability to use good interpersonal skills to establish harmonious relationships with industry, local, public and private agencies;
  • Ability to maturely and professionally handle verbal abuse, and threats to life, limb and personal property;
  • Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license to travel.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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