Food Safety Educator

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This position is responsible for local in-person programming across counties in MSU Extension district 5 (Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana) and district 7 (Allegan, Barry, Kent, Ottawa) to encourage Michigan’s residents to use safe food practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness by teaching foodservice managers, workers, volunteers, childcare providers, and other consumers about safe food practices. You will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that help youth and adults learn how to reduce their risk of illness when preparing food and to preserve food safely.

You will prepare and present both in-person and virtual workshops and trainings in food safety and home food preservation for the public at the state, regional, and national levels and will educate consumers on proper, research- based home food preservation methods, and help create safer food handling practices at food pantries and farmers markets. Additionally, you will develop, produce, and deliver education that reaches childcare providers to reduce foodborne illnesses in the children they care for, as well as foodservice managers, workers, and volunteers across the state who protect their customers’ health when they sell or handle food products to the public.

Through your expertise, you will create educational materials for the public on food safety topics and you will implement food safety educational programs such as Food Preservation, ServSafe, Cottage Food Law, Safe Food = Healthy Kids, Food Pantry Food Safety, Cooking for Crowds, and more.

Educational delivery is online (virtual) and in-person. You will also work with team members to answer questions from the public through online platforms, texting, and a statewide telephone hotline, and will respond to questions related to food safety associated with home food preservation and food handling.

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Muskegon, Kent, or Ottawa County MSU Extension office.

This position may be eligible to utilize a flexible work environment, however, there is an expectation to work from a MSU Extension county office. The needs, responsibilities, and opportunities of an individual’s position and office location drive the ability and amount of work location flexibility.

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