Utah State University

Coordinator - Utah Produce Safety Program

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 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

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, 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

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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