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  • 500045
  • YUMA
  • Full-time


To support and promote Arizona agriculture in a way that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness, protects the well-being of people, plants, animals and the environment while safeguarding commerce, consumers and natural resources.



Job Location:


Posting Details:

Salary:  20.00 - 23.00

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) is currently recruiting for 1 full-time Lead Training Officer I for the Citrus Fruit and Vegetable Division (CF&V). The position is located in Yuma, Arizona and will require in State and out of State travel.

Under a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization Division will oversee implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The implementation includes training/outreach as well as regulatory and compliance.

The position will assist in the development and implementation of training efforts for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce Safety Rule (PSR); provide statewide training workshops, one-on-one consultations and program outreach for the PSR and the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training to all interested and regulated parties; objectives are to provide training/outreach to all fresh produce farms, including producers, harvesters, packers and coolers in Arizona.  These farms are subject to the new federal laws governing fresh produce production and handling. The training is used to implement food safety plans and documentation to ensure compliance with the new PSR regulations. The position will help to identify farms and their needs. You will be responsible for helping to fulfill and complete the objectives as outlined in the Research Strategy. This includes the efforts to acquire and maintain annual farm inventories that account for Arizona farms covered by these regulations.  This position will ensure that the AZDA is providing the necessary PSR training and outreach to the farm inventory.  Additionally the AZDA has a partnership for stakeholder outreach/training with the University of Arizona county extension employees;  All PSR staff collaborate on tracking, reporting and submission of documentation required by the Cooperative Agreement between AZDA and FDA. Other duties as assigned.

This position you to drive a state vehicle on state business and the ability to pass a federal and financial background check.

Job Duties:

Provide training workshops, consultations and outreach for the Produce Safety Alliance.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
Food safety best practices and standards, food borne illness causing organisms, inspection principles and practices.
Knowledge of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices (GHP/GAP) and audit verification.
Federal and state laws, rules, regulation, policies, and legislation.
Extensive knowledge and experienced using Goggle Products, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access.

Skills in:
Interpersonal relations, as applied to contracts with representatives of other governmental agencies, other agency staff, agricultural industry members, agricultural industry representatives and lobbyists, agricultural related business owners and the public. Skill in utilization of independent judgement/discretion in problem solving especially as it relates to problems and/or barriers in which industry is unable to comply with regulations. Skill in public speaking and training techniques, meeting deadlines and prioritizing work assignments. Skill in use of laptop and computers, databases and spreadsheets, word processing programs and presentation related programs.

Ability to:
Effectively communicate both verbally and in written form. Employee must be able to create and present presentations for trainings as well as write articles for newsletters, trade magazines and outreach materials.
Interact with members of the agricultural industry and their representatives, other governmental agencies and staff.
Work independently, set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and utilize independent judgement and discretion in problem solving. Maintain confidentiality.
Interact effectively in a team environment with other CFV and PSR Staff.

Selective Preference(s):

Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Access, Google Suite
Bi-lingual - Speak and write Spanish

Pre-Employment Requirements:

FDA Requirements: (must have one requirement from each category)
Associate, Bachelors, or Graduate Degree in Science, Food Science or Agriculture, or
Formal Training Courses in Food Safety, Produce Handling, Crop Science, or
Trainings offered by current or recent employer in Food Safety, HACCP, Good Handling Practices

Training or Teaching
Adult Training in the areas of Food Safety, Environmental Safety, OSHA Compliance, Worker Safety, GAP, GMP, GHP or Food Safety courses, or
Teaching at a senior high school, junior college, or college level in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, Debate, and/or Public Speaking

Produce Experience
Experience working in a fruit and vegetable packing house, or
Produce retail handling, or
Farm experience with fruit and vegetable crops, or
Warehouse experience handling produce

FDA Credential authority or ability to obtain within 12 months
Arizona Driver's License


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). ASRS mandatory condition of Employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 12.44%. 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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.