Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Food And Drug Inspector II

Title: Food And Drug Inspector II 

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Food and Drug Inspector II will inspect, survey and investigate establishments engaged in the manufacturing, handling, processing, storage, distribution and/or sale of food and food products, milk and milk products, frozen dessert pasteurization, seafood and shellfish, custom meat and poultry slaughtering and/or processing, and/or food service to determine compliance with statutory provisions and regulations for the public’s health protection and consumer safety. The inspector will also obtain samples of food and food products for analysis, respond to emergencies and conduct environmental assessments during food borne illness investigations, obtain evidence and establish facts concerning suspected or alleged violations of applicable laws, rules and regulations; monitor enforcement procedures in cases of noncompliance, prepare reports, testify at hearings, and review applications for licenses or permits.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Inspect, survey and investigate food processing, food service, milk, products, frozen dessert pasteurization and processing plants, seafood and shellfish plants, and other facilities or services to determine compliance with rules and regulations for certification, registration and licensure.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of food processing, food service, milk, milk products, frozen dessert pasteurization and processing plants, seafood and shellfish plants or services and applies the findings to the future planning and development of these or other needed services.
  • Provide guidance and consultation regarding food manufacturing practices and principles of sanitation to food processing, food service, milk, milk products, frozen dessert pasteurization and processing plants, seafood and shellfish plants, and other facilities and their professional and technical personnel, and by education to improve the quality of their operations.
  • Participate in studies related to food service, food processing, and other facilities and services to insure compliance with departmental licensure and certification requirements and to acquire additional knowledge in these areas which will aid in the future planning of these services.
  • Provide liaison between the FPP and other federal and state regulatory agencies to better coordinate all aspects of enforcement of laws, rules and regulations as they relate to the public’s health.
  • Monitor the exercise of embargo powers upon examination and evaluation of products suspected to be adulterated or misbranded or otherwise unfit for human consumption and assist in supervising and overseeing their confiscation and/or condemnation when laboratory analysis substantiates adulteration.
  • Participate in special investigations, conduct environmental assessments during food borne illness investigations, and respond to consumer complaints and emergencies.
  • Initiate regulatory and court enforcement procedures in instances of non-compliance.
  • Conduct routine and special sampling programs to assure compliance with standards of quality, identity and purity.
  • Provide consultation and training to local boards of health and their agents regarding inspectional and investigative techniques.
  • Evaluate labeling, answer correspondence, perform statistical evaluation of inspectional and laboratory reports, collect information on specific topics and perform related work as required or directed.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of food, food products and/or drugs, the major duties of which involved the inspection of food, food products and/or drugs, or in regulatory or law enforcement work involving the inspection of food, food products and/or drugs, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in food science, pharmacy or pharmacology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


  • Willingness to diffuse difficult situations and may need to deal with confrontation.
  • Willingness to work varied shifts and/or irregular hours.
  • Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to walk and/or stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.


  •      75% state paid medical insurance premium
  •        Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  •        Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  •        Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  •        Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation    457(b) plan
  •       11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  •       Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  •       Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  •       Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  •       Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  •       Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program


To Apply: 

Submit an application here

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