Position Summary & Responsibilities:

-Routinely inspects food establishments for compliance against the Kansas Food Code.

-Identifies risk factors associated with foodborne illness and establishes action plans to reduce these risk factors.

-Provides training for industry leaders on food safety principles by organizing and presenting educational seminars using lectures, visual aids, and infield training.

-Investigates suspected foodborne illnesses associated with food establishments to determine causes and prevent further illnesses.

-Investigates natural disasters and transportation accidents affecting regulated facilities, food products, or over-the-counter drugs.

-Conducts recall confirmations initiated by state or federal agencies of food and over-the-counter drugs products at retail, wholesale, and locations of manufacturing, in order to prevent further distribution of hazardous foods by invoking embargoes, seizures, or voluntary product destruction.

The territory for this position will be located in the Southwestern region of the state and the applicant must live in the assigned territory.

This position is a home-based position. The applicant that is selected for this position will start each workday from his/her home.


Bachelor of Science degree in a biological science, physical science, or a humanities concentration is preferred. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.
Must be able to pass state inspector verification within three months of hire and standardization within 18 months of hire and every three years after.
Must be able to distinguish between colors on a variety of sanitizer test strips.
Employee must have a valid Class C (or higher) Kansas driver’s license or equivalent license from another state. Employee is responsible to maintain an acceptable driving record to safely drive state vehicle and be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.


Annual Salary Range: $37,071.30 – $39,151.30 per year
Hourly Pay Range: $17.82 -$18.82 per hour

Employment Benefits:

Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
Sick & Vacation leave
Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
Fitness Centers in select locations
Employee discounts with the STAR Program
Retirement and deferred compensation programs

About Kansas Department of Agriculture

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the nation's first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector, including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses. The department is dedicated to providing support and assistance to make Kansas businesses successful and encouraging more farms, ranches and other agriculture business to expand in or relocate to Kansas.