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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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