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Food Safety Specialist

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne Full-Time
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The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) seeks applicants for the position of Extension Food Safety Specialist. This a twelve month, full-time extension and applied research position. The specific assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the program. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The UMES Extension Program is a component of an integrated cooperative extension program that is coordinated by two land grant universities in the State of Maryland. The faculty member will develop and conduct a nationally recognized state-wide Extension education and applied research program that meets critical needs and builds the knowledge base in food safety and related food science education. Using the latest research-based information on all aspects of developing, implementing, and evaluating food safety and related food science programs clientele including: farmers, watermen, processors of poultry, seafood and fresh produce, food service providers, and consumers. A specific focus will be small producers and processors, and new food entrepreneurs, private organizations, and state and federal agencies.


The key responsibilities for the position will include the development of integrated extension and applied research programs that will include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Provide training, resources, and information to key stakeholders in Maryland so that they can comply with the requirements and standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
  • Develop education programs for food producers, processors and Extension field staff at all levels of the food system from production to consumption.
  • Support, strengthen and participate in county-based Extension programs.
  • Develop effective teaching tools such as publications, fact sheets, presentations, worksheets, web-based tools and other creative tools to enhance the delivery and understanding of information on food safety.
  • Extend the reach of UMES Extension by integrating distance education into program delivery through established and emerging technologies.
  • Plan, develop, implement, evaluate and report on inputs, outcomes, impacts and accomplishments of food safety focused educational and applied research programs for relevant clientele.
  • Consistently publishing their work in both peer-reviewed journals and relevant extension outlets.
  • Develop an extramurally-funded extension and applied research program.
  • Participating actively in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees and providing experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students.
  • Work closely with other programs and faculty at UMES and UMCP as well as other stakeholders and agencies from across the state of Maryland.
  • Participate in professional development activities as required for the position.
  • Travel as needed, to attend meetings, conduct trainings and farm reviews, and deliver programs.
  • Actively participate in relevant university and external committees as needed.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in food safety, Food Science, food microbiology, nutritional Sciences or a closely related field with appropriate qualifications and related experience. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree and five or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Background or professional experience in food safety and fruit and vegetable production.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with farmers and other food industry personnel.
  • Ability to communicate) effectively (verbally and in writing with a wide range of clientele on food safety matters.
  • Proven experience in delivering presentations and teaching successfully in informal as well as formal settings.
  • Demonstrated ability in using computers and modern technology including knowledge of common software such as Microsoft.
  • Demonstrated ability to use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Evidence of scholarly publications.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to develop competitive grant proposals.
  • Strong oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants must be self-starters and have the ability to work effectively with minimum supervision both independently and as a team member.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to work flexible hours including occasional nights and weekends, and must be willing and able to travel statewide to meet clients/provide training programs.
  • Commitment to the land grant mission.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in or other closely related field by the time of employment. Demonstrated scholarly mastery in a discipline relevant to food safety.
  • Knowledge of agricultural Extension programs and the land-grant mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs to diverse clientele.
  • Demonstrated experience with Extension programming including delivery methods through established and emerging technologies.
  • Proven experience working with the food industry, particularly in the areas of quality control or food safety.
  • Experience working with small-scale farmers and ranchers and/or small local agribusiness enterprises.
  • Experience with state and federal food safety related agencies and knowledge of food safety-related regulations including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • Proven experience in applied research.
  • Evidence of building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience with food safety extension and applied research.
  • Knowledge and understanding of common office computer applications.
  • Knowledge of the land grant mission.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to develop competitive grant proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs to diverse clientele.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate collaborative activities.
  • Agricultural extension agents/specialist may be required to work evenings and weekends.
  • Support UMES clientele service values of integrity, commitment, accountability, respect and excellence.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three current, professional references to include e-mail address and telephone number. All applicants must apply using the new online application system. Please click Apply Now to submit resume. The successful candidate must be able to accept employment in the United States without Employer Immigration sponsorship.

UMES is an EEO/AA employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be able to show acceptable documentation establishing the right to accept employment in the United States of America without employer sponsorship.


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Storage (Warehousing)
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