Applying To: Food Establishment Inspector

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Department: Environmental Health Services


  • Minimum: $45,656.00
  • Maximum: $60,372.00

Position Specifications

Incumbents in this position are responsible for enforcing food control ordinances and performing state licensing inspections for day care facilities and group homes.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Food Establishment Inspector

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Environmental Sciences or related field, OR an Associate’s Degree with at least 2 years of experience in food protection, OR Four years of progressive experience in food-related work, plus one of the following: a valid Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certificate, or a Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE) certificate, or a SuperSafe Mark certificate, or a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate.

License:  Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis.  Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it upon request.  Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application. 

Certification:  Must be able to obtain Certified Professional- Food Safety (CP-FS) from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) within 11 months of hire as a condition of successfully completing working test period. Documentation of academic credentials must be submitted upon request.


Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) Certification or previous experience enforcing environmental sanitation laws, ordinances and regulations and experience in the food industry is highly desireable.  

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience and education as shown on the application. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment. Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.

MEDICAL:  Candidates will be required to pass an oral swab "Drug Screen" as part of the Medical examination.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or upon request.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.

CITY RESIDENTS PREFERENCE POINTS: City residents who pass an examination for a position in the classified service and do not receive any other preference will receive a five (5) point preference on a scale of 100 points on the exam. An additional one (1) point shall be added to the passing score of City residents who receive any other preference on a scale of 100 points.  City residents must have resided in the City for at least one (1) year at the time of filing their application to be eligible for the preference points.  

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet. Visit the City web site at

Scoring Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3716

June 23, 2023

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies. Please submit application as soon as possible.

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