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  • 513148
  • Full-time


To protect the health and safety of Arizona consumers, advance and support Arizona agriculture, and safeguard commerce.



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Posting Details:

Salary: 20.35 - 20.35 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

                                                                         The Arizona Department of Agriculture is hiring for our
                                                                                      Meat and Poultry Inspection Program!!

Our Animal Service Division is recruiting for two (2) Public Health Sanitarian for the Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. The position will work out of our Phoenix office.

State meat inspection personnel monitor general plant and equipment sanitation, processing sanitation, good manufacturing practices during production, ante mortem and post mortem inspection at slaughter, multi- ingredient formulation, the use of approved labeling, and laboratory sampling programs.

The position is mandated by law as part of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Program (ARS 3-2001 through ARS 3-2058) and (ARS 3-2151 through 3-2169) to inspect meat and poultry products produced in the state or imported into the state. The position requires the successful candidate to work independently and to conduct substantial preoperational and operational environmental health inspections for the humane handling of livestock, ongoing visual and hands on inspections of animal viscera and organs by incising lymph nodes and palpation, surveillance by examining each animal for Tuberculosis, Central Nervous System Disorder, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Antibiotic Residue, Lymphoma, and Pathology of human health concerns. The position induces compliance with pathogen intervention and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), pest control, maintaining food security, checks branding of inspected and passed carcasses with the official mark of inspections; collect samples for listeria monocytogenes, salmonella and E-coli 0157:H7; verifies processing is being performed as per plants Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Plan by direct observation of monitoring procedures, reviewing of records for critical times, temperatures to ensure no physical, chemical or biological hazards exist. The position requires standing for long periods of time.

Advise on complex aspects of food safety, sanitation to county, or municipal officials, industry representatives; maintain in-plant records and files, remain up to date with all directives and recall information coming from Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); take all USDA and Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) mandated training.

As an employee of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, you will be required to drive a state vehicle for state business and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

Preoperational/operational environmental health inspection for the humane handling of livestock.
Inspection meat and poultry products produced in the state or imported into the State.
Advise on complex aspects of food safety, sanitation to county, or municipal officials, industry representatives; maintain plant records and files

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
The principles and practices of public health sanitation, including food handling and food processing, insect and rodent control, state laws, and regulations pertaining to environmental health
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Standard Sanitation Operation Procedures (SSOP)
Animal diseases and pathology
Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Federal computer programs

Skills in:
Analyzing situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Work effectively with internal and external customers
Prepare concise technical reports
Excellent written/oral communication
Recommending improvements in sanitary practices in the private sector and sanitary programs in the public sector
Applying and interprets Federal, State and Agency laws, rules, regulations, and policies
Organoleptic examination of food products
Maintain confidentiality and integrity of propriety formulations or equipment which may be trade secret

Ability to:
Work independently
Work with diverse groups of customers
Multi task in an ever changing work environment while maintaining great customer services and producing results in a timely manner
Maintain confidentiality
Stand for long periods of time

Selective Preference(s):

Working knowledge of HACCP and SSOP
Experience in the food industry, commercial kitchens, and red meat/sausage processing or slaughterhouse operations
Basic animal anatomy and knowledge of animal disease and pathology
Meat/Poultry inspection experience
Diversity Training
USDA/Agriculture mandated training
Meat Cutting Techniques

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Requires possession of and the ability to retain a current Arizona driver’s license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving record and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12)


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Mandatory condition of Employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statute. Current contribution rate is 12.17%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Meek at mmeek@azda.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.