Volunteer Opportunity Details

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Position Title:INTERN: Consumer Protection Program Research Intern
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:Flexible
Location:
Boulder office and field work within Boulder County.
Program Summary:

The Boulder County Public Health Food Safety Program currently licenses more than 1,500 food service establishments including restaurants, food and espresso carts, coffee shops, and grocery stores.  The goal of the Food Safety Program is to ensure safe food service in Boulder County by:
• Conducting inspections.
• Providing training and outreach.
• Investigating complaints of foodborne illness.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Description of Work:
The BCPH Food Safety Program, which is housed in the Consumer Protection Program, is seeking one intern to conduct research related to active managerial control (AMC) practices in retail food facilities.  Boulder County is currently conducting AMC inspections to assess the degree of AMC practices currently being utilized in local facilities.  The AMC inspection incorporates questions related to elements of an effective food safety management program, as described by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  It is our hope to be able to correlate AMC inspection scores with how facilities perform on regulatory inspections. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct AMC evaluations at retail food establishments:
o Make appointments to visit retail food establishment managers to evaluate their food safety practices.
o Collect and enter data into BCPH database.
• Analyze collected data to determine correlation of AMC scores with regulatory inspection scores.
• Provide education and resources to retail food establishment managers.
• Collect information related to barriers that may prohibit managers from implementing AMC practices.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:
Desired applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in a science or health-related field and be currently enrolled in a master’s level public health program.

Experience: 
• Experience in providing outreach and education is desired.
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation is desired.
• Some experience or background in public health and food safety is highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to conduct self in a responsible and professional manner.
• General computer and word processing skills.
• Strong time management and organizational skills.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently.
• Self-directed and motivated.
• Knowledge of behavior change models is desired.

Special Requirements:
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation.  Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and intern must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
• Reliable transportation readily available for business use and a valid driver’s license.

 

Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Training Dates and Information:

• Initial training on AMC practices will be provided by program staff. 
• Field orientation for the intern to become familiar with evaluating AMC practices will be provided in the field.  Training time will vary, depending on the experience of the intern, but it is expected to occur within the first two weeks of the internship.
• The intern will be required to view BCPH new employee videos online or on DVD.
• Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the intern can begin.

 

Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:
• Learning how retail food operators can implement AMC practices into their facilities to prevent or reduce the incidence of foodborne illness in their facilities. 
• Learning about and experience in implementing food safety rules and regulations.
• Learning how to develop positive working relationships with industry.
• Gaining valuable data extraction experience and report writing skills.

Supervision:
The intern will be supervised by program staff.

Contact:
BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone:  303-441-1163
Email:  healthvs@bouldercounty.org

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All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and Harassment Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

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