Salary: $45,313.68 Annually
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTSAND MEASURES
FILING DATES: June 27, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
EXAM #: V0005D
TYPES OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive
JOB TYPE: Full-Time/Temporary
Assists in and learns inspection and enforcement activities related to Federal, State and local agricultural and/or weights and measures laws, regulations, ordinances and policies for consumer and agricultural industry protection.
This is the entry-level class in the Agricultural/Weights and Measures Series. Positions in this classare characterized by responsibility for assisting in and learning to perform regulatory inspections and to enforce appropriate ordinances, laws and regulations associated with agricultural and weights and measures standards enforcement. Incumbents work under the close supervision of a journey-level inspector andmust have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing andto perform mathematical calculations including algebraic functions. These positions require analytical ability sufficient to define problems of inspection or enforcement, andto develop and recommend methods for resolution of such problems. Incumbents learn techniques for the collection and analysis of data for the preparation of written reports, and use common personal computers for the preparation of reports, data entry and data retrieval. Incumbents drive departmental or personal vehicles on a regular and frequent basis, and may be required to lift and carry test equipment, agricultural products, or other objects up to 50 pounds in weight. Positions in this class perform arduous tasks such as bending, stooping, and lifting heavy objects in the performance of their duties.
Essential Job Functions
Inspects commercial scales for accuracy in markets and other commercial establishments; drives County vehicles to various work locations throughout the County of Los Angeles; prepares written reports, inspection certificates, citations or other notices of violations; enforces pesticide use laws and regulations; performs inspection procedures for fruits and vegetables and egg quality standards; uses inspection techniques for plants and plant material for pest organisms; inspects produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods weighing 25pounds or more; uses a variety of hand-held or other equipment such as, but not limited to, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, hydrometers and lap top or table computers; prepares daily and monthly reports of activities; warns violators or infractions or penalties; receives and applies training in the safe and effective use of various tolls and equipment utilized in any inspection, investigation, or enforcement activities that may be assigned; detects exotic pests such as foreign insects; uses a variety of mathematical formulae, including algebra; and collects samples from animals, plants, or products and routes them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, pests, or other testing.
OPTION I:A Bachelor's degreefrom an accredited* college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines inagricultural science, biological science,chemical science, physicalscience, mathematics, and/or statistics**-AND- Successful completion of a college or university level course in Botany or Entomology is required within one year from time of appointment.***
OPTION II: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in any discipline with a minimum of 30 semester units, or equivalent, in one or any combination of the following disciplines: agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics**; and one year of paid full-time experience performing agricultural or weights and measures inspections for a public jurisdiction -AND-Successful completion of a college or university level course in Botany or Entomology is required within one year from time of appointment.***
A valid State of California Weights and Measures license in either Weight Verification -OR- Measurement Verification -AND-A validAgricultural license in Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation shall be obtained within one year from time of appointment*** -AND- A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.
License Information: All successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended,restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
PHYSICAL CLASS IV -Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on this bulletin.
**In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, you must include a legible copy of the official college or university transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing.
***Successful completion of the probationary period includes completion of the remaining required course work in the field of Botany -OR- Entomology -AND- A valid State of California Weights and Measures license in either Weight Verification -OR- Measurement Verification -AND-A validAgricultural license in Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation within one year from thetime of appointment. Failure to provide successful completion of the required course work and licenses prior to the end of the probationary period will result in being released from the position of Associate Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector.
This examination will consist of a written test weighted 100% that consists of both computerized and paper-and-pencil components covering Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, Data Analysis and Decision-Making, Office Practices and Procedures, Customer Service, Achievement Orientation, Dependability, Customer Service Potential, Customer Focus, Conscientiousness, and Retention.
Applicants must meet theSelection Requirements andachieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test in order to be placed on the eligible register.
THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
TRANSFER OF SCORES:
Applicants that have taken identical written test part(s) for other exams within the last 12 months will have their written test responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.
This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your scores will be transferred to the new examination and you may not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.
Please note: Invitation letters to the written test may be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid email address. Please add email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered asspam/junk mail.
Final results will be sent by U.S. mail. Written test score cannot be given over the phone.
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/ . Please click on "Find a Job" and then "Job Search Toolkit." Test Preparation information is located under the "Employment Test Assistance" section.
You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html . While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.
The names ofcandidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligibleregister in the order of their score group for a period oftwelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. Applications will be processed on an as-received basis. No person may compete for this examination more than once in atwelve (12) month period.
FINGERPRINTING AND SECURITY CLEARANCE: Before a final appointment is made to this position, candidates are subject to security clearance which includes fingerprinting. An individual may be withheld from appointment, if he/she has a conviction record incompatible with the essential duties of the position for which he/she has applied. Any false statement or omission of material fact may cause forfeiture of employment rights. Information presented on employment applications, resumes and during the examination process is subject to verification. Disqualifying factors may include but are not limited to: felony convictions, certain job-related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (e.g. 4 or more moving violations within the past 2 years, failure to appear, at-fault accidents, and driving under the influence), illegal use of certain controlled substances and/or poor employment history.
The resulting eligibleregisterfor this examination will be usedto fillvacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends,and holidays.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnairecompletely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
The acceptance of your application will depend on whether you have clearly shown that you meet theSelection Requirements. Please be sure your application shows complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits earned. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. All information is subject to verification.We may reject your application at any time during the examinationprocess.
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting. We encourage you to apply online so you can track the status of your application and get notified of your progress by email.
We must receive your application and Job Specific Questionnaireby 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time, on the last day of filing.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED .
NOTE : If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to (626)652-0740 or email them to Tanya Marchese at TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application willbe rejected. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on allthe faxed documents.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.
NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
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Teletype Phone: (626) 585-5520
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Department Contact Name: Tanya Marchese
Department Contact Phone: (626) 575-5464
Department Contact Email: TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov