Food Safety Intern for Miedema Produce, Inc.

Miedema Produce in Surprise, AZ is interested in having a college intern join their team in the field of agriculture, food safety and microbiology

Title: Food Safety Intern for Miedema Produce, Inc.

Reports to: Food Safety Manager

Position Summary & Background: Miedema Produce of Arizona grows and packs radishes, carrots and parsnips in Surprise, AZ. We are seeking a Food Safety Intern to help improve and better implement our food safety program. This internship is a great opportunity to learn hands-on how food safety is incorporated into every step of the process – from the farm to the processing facility.

Duties & Responsibilities: Our intern is expected to work approximately 15-20 hours a week, in which they will:

  • Help develop a more thorough and effective food safety programad.
  • Conduct research on ways to improve our existing food safety system.
  • Pull samples for microbiological testing from both the farm and the packing facility (irrigation water samples, sponge-swab samples of food-contact surfaces, etc).
  • Assist with the implementation of our company’s food safety policies and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
  • Prepare for second-party and third-party food safety audits.
  • Perform pre-harvest inspections of all crops (radishes, carrots and parsnips).
  • Conduct routine inspections of our ditches/canals, water reservoirs, wells, sumps, etc.
  • Help conduct continuous internal audits of the following areas: Food Safety Management System, HACCP, Good Agricultural Practices, and Good Management Practices.
  • Assist in routine safety trainings for farm & packing facility employees.
  • Prepare for monthly food safety committee meetings & present ways to improve our food safety management system.

Qualifications and Background:

  • A demonstrated interest in food safety
  • Agriculture/Produce industry experience preferred
  • Spanish speaking is a plus

Please email your resume & letter of interest to:


announcement submitted by

Natalie A. Brassill, M.S.

Assistant in Extension -- Water Quality

Environmental Microbiology Research

The University of Arizona -- Cooperative Extension

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science

Maricopa Agricultural Center

37860 W. Smith Enke Road

Maricopa, AZ 85138