Utah State University

Coordinator - Utah Produce Safety Program

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 8 months ago(1/31/2023 2:58 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan | US-UT-Taylorsville | US-UT-Price
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
20-25 hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary
$25.00/hour, depending on experience
Telework Eligible


The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences (NDFS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a Coordinator to work with the Utah Produce Safety Program. Location flexible within Utah, with preference given for Price, Salt Lake City, or Logan.

This is a part-time position that runs through June 30, 2026, depending on the annual renewal of funding. This position is funded through the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), as part of the US Food and Drug Administration Produce Safety Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program.


The Coordinator will work closely with the Produce Safety Program Director in NDFS to coordinate programming related to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. The main focus of this position will be to coordinate efforts between USU Extension and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to promote the Utah Produce Safety Program. Occasional overnight travel (1 to 3 times per year) may be required.


  • Coordinate efforts between the UDAF and USU Produce Safety teams.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the UDAF Produce Safety website and develop and maintain an Extension Produce Safety website.
  • Organize Produce Safety Alliance grower trainings. This includes making logistical arrangements, ensuring that adequate materials (workbooks, certificates, etc.) are available, and promoting trainings to local produce growers.
  • Assist with data collection, management, and/or verification of the Utah Farm Inventory database.
  • Develop and maintain a record of high-priority produce safety topics for Utah farmers, and coordinate efforts to develop publications, videos, or other outreach materials as appropriate.
  • Communicate with Extension faculty to coordinate outreach activities and provide updated information.
  • Manage budgets associated with the Utah Produce Safety Program, and ensure programmatic spending is consistent with approved categories.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in an agriculture-related field, or AS/AAS with 2+ years directly related experience
  • Must possess strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education, training, or prior experience associated with fruit and vegetable production
  • Experience with GAP (Good Agricultural Practices), group GAP, and/or National Organic Program
  • Ability to communicate complex regulatory requirements and scientific information in a manner that is easily understood by the layperson
  • Certified Produce Safety Alliance trainer or lead trainer status
  • MS in agriculture-related field
  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to food safety
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience managing multipart projects
  • Prior experience with the Land Grant University System

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 
  2. Names and contact information for three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile.
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$25.00/hour, depending on experience


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


* updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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