Apply By: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 123 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Food Safety Inspector (Irregular on-call)

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Temporary contract for up to 12 months, with possibility of extension
Job Code:
60704 - Agricultural Specialist 3
$1,349.34 - $1,697.54 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you looking for an exciting career where you will help keep Ontario's food safe and ensure animal welfare through your knowledge of agriculture, food safety and regulatory compliance? Do you have knowledge of food production practices and food safety hazards? The Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch is seeking Food Safety Inspectors to keep food safe and ensure animal welfare by conducting regulatory compliance verification and providing professional advice and assistance on food safety practices. The Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch oversees the slaughter and processing of both livestock and poultry, which includes chicken, pigs, sheep, cattle, goats, and rabbits.

The Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch ensures the safety of a variety of food Ontarian's enjoy such as meat and livestock products, milk and milk products, fish, fruits, vegetables, maple products and honey by providing inspection services to their production, processing, marketing and distribution. We cooperate with colleague branches and agencies to establish food safety standards and works with other ministries and agencies to provide a strong and seamless food inspection environment from farm to fork in Ontario. As a Food Safety Inspector, you will be an integral part of a team that plays an important role in the daily lives of Ontarians by keeping their food safe.

Our newly hired Food Safety Inspectors are provided comprehensive training, including 1:1 practical training with experienced inspectors. Training is on-going throughout your career, and development and growth is supported and encouraged!

The work environment of a Food Safety Inspector:
• requires frequent travel in all weather conditions and the ability to conduct physically demanding fieldwork in all types of weather conditions.
• is very demanding psychologically with Inspectors managing people who may have challenging personalities.
• requires assessing, touching, lifting, and approaching a wide variety of animals including but not limited to chicken, pigs, sheep, cattle, goats and rabbit. This position at times can be very physically demanding.
• includes working in environments where there is a presence of strong odors, feces, dead animals, blood, loud noise, cold/hot/inclement weather, etc.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

This position falls under the Meat Inspection Program . In this role you will help keep food and Ontarians safe by:

• inspecting agricultural and food products for processing to support food safety for Ontarians including performing both ante and post mortem assessment of livestock and carcasses
• assessing recipes, formulations, production, processing, packaging, preservation and storage methods of food products
• evaluating practices, programs and records for process control systems
• identifying unacceptable food safety hazards or noncompliance with applicable regulatory requirements
• collecting a variety of samples from agricultural or food products and processing environments to test regularly for biological, physical or chemical food safety hazards
• preparing and maintaining reports for compliance verification activities
• providing technical assistance to premises operators and other related parties (e.g. industry organizations and associations, equipment suppliers)
• conducting field sampling and related reporting activities during emergency response, and participate in regular emergency preparedness exercises and training

After joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) as a Food Safety Inspector you will work towards obtaining one or more required food safety inspection certifications provided by the ministry. You may have the opportunity to explore further certifications based on commodities of interest.

How do I qualify?


• You must have a valid Ontario class “G” driver's license or equivalent as recognized by the province of Ontario and have the ability to travel extensively
• You must be able to work in hot and cold working conditions

Technical knowledge:

• You have knowledge of food safety hazards and risks.
• You have knowledge of food production and processing practices including raw materials, product formulations, food additives/ingredients, and quality control methods and practices.
• You can interpret and apply legislation, regulations and operational policies, protocols, guidelines, and procedures as they relate to food production.

Analytical and problem-solving skills:

You can:
• apply knowledge of principles and application of quality assurance systems such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
• monitor work quality against current inspection and compliance standards and policies.
• assess inspection and audit corrective action plans.
• exercise judgement to recognize and understand the issues that arise during inspections.
• assess stakeholder concerns/issues regarding deficiencies, methods, techniques, critical control points and hazards.
• apply understanding of science-based risk assessment principles, develop contingency plans and identify control measures.

Training experience:

• You have knowledge of adult learning principles to help deliver training and coaching to new staff, monitoring progress and preparing written assessments.

Communication and interpersonal skills:

• You can develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external clients.
• You can mitigate disputes and confrontational situations when conflicts occur between clients' perceived interests and inspection requirements.
• You can provide information as it relates to outcomes, application of legislation/regulations and technical advice.

Computer and arithmetic skills:

• You have proficiency with computer software applications to locate, adapt, manipulate and store data/information.
• You possess arithmetic skills to perform calculations in order to verify accuracy of records and compliance measures.

Additional Information:

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  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
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Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 28, 2024 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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