TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2011-073

ISSUED   JULY 27, 2011

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

FOOD SANITARIANS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Food Sanitarian

51519

ST07

2.

Regional Food Safety Supervisor

51520

ST08

3.

Food Sanitarian Program Specialist

51521

MA08

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

As a Food Sanitarian you will interpret and enforce Commonwealth laws, rules and regulations related to food and food establishments.  Work involves inspecting food, food establishments, camps, and seasonal farm labor camps for proper food preparation, safe handling practices, vector control and cleanliness; collecting samples for analysis; investigating and resolving complaints involving food sanitation conditions; providing advice to food establishment operators, architects and contractors regarding design for new or renovated establishments; and training industry personnel in proper food handling techniques, proper processing procedures, etc.

 

As a Regional Food Safety Supervisor you will administer the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food inspection program in an assigned region of the state.  Work involves coordinating the inspection of food establishments (e.g., restaurants, food warehouses, canneries, food processors, retail food stores, etc.); overseeing the inspection of seasonal farm labor camps; investigating consumer complaints; developing and conducting food sanitation and safety training; coordinating the Departmentís response to emergency situations affecting food safety such as floods, fires, food truck accidents, etc.; and supervising Food Sanitarians assigned to the region.

 

As a Food Sanitarian Program Specialist you will plan, develop, implement and evaluate statewide Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food safety programs which apply to inspection of food manufacturing and processing plants, restaurants, retail food establishments, seasonal farm labor camps, organic foods, maple syrup, and shellfish.  Work involves developing rules, regulations, policies and procedures for these programs; reviewing and recommending proposed changes; and developing and conducting training courses on food safety for field personnel, governmental officials, and the general public.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Necessary Special Requirement

 

You must have a valid driverís license.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Food Sanitarian Ė A bachelorís degree in food technology, food science, or a closely related field such as chemistry, biology or microbiology and two years experience in the inspection of food and/or food establishments.  Appropriate graduate level training may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of one year; OR an associateís degree in one of the above fields and four years of experience in the inspection of food and/or food establishments; or two years of military food inspection experience and four years of experience in the inspection of food and/or food establishments; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Regional Food Safety Supervisor Ė Two years of experience as a Food Sanitarian; OR a bachelorís degree in food technology, food science, or in a closely related field such as chemistry, biology or microbiology, and three years of experience in the regulatory inspection of food and/or food establishments.  Appropriate graduate level training may be substituted for the required experience on a year-to-year basis up to a maximum of one year; OR an associateís degree in food technology, food science, or in a closely related field such as chemistry, biology, or microbiology, and five years of experience in the regulatory inspection of food and/or food establishments; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Food Sanitarian Program Specialist Ė Two years of experience as a Food Sanitarian; OR a bachelorís degree in food technology, food science, or in a closely related field such as chemistry, biology or microbiology, and three years of experience in the regulatory inspection of food and/or food establishments.  Appropriate graduate level training may be substituted for the required experience on a year-to-year basis up to a maximum of one year; OR an associateís degree in food technology, food science, or in a closely related field such as chemistry, biology, or microbiology, and five years of experience in the regulatory inspection of food and/or food establishments; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Clarification of Requirements

 

You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Food Sanitarian positions are located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Regional Food Safety Supervisors are responsible for specific regional territories.  Positions are in regions throughout the state with headquarters in Altoona (Blair County), Creamery (Montgomery County), Gibsonia (Allegheny County), Harrisburg (Dauphin County), Meadville (Crawford County), Montoursville (Lycoming County), and Tunkhannock (Wyoming County) and Food Sanitarian Program Specialist positions are located in Dauphin County and Lycoming County.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Human Resource Office

Room 204, Agriculture Building

2301 North Cameron Street

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9408

Telephone:  (717) 787-1065

Internetwww.agriculture.state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 

 

You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions by Job Code

 

51519

51520

51521

Sanitation

20

20

20

Basic Science

20

20

20

Emerging Pathogens

15

15

15

Effective Working Relationships

15

15

15

Reading Comprehension

10

10

10

Written Communication

15

15

15

Training Principles and Practices

-

-

15

Principles of Supervision

_-_

  15_

_-_

Total

95

110

110

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commissionís Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896. 

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."