• Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related
  • Salary: $86,869.20 - $113,935.68 Annually USD

Job Description


FILING DATES: February 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job Opportunity

JOB TYPE: Permanent

Directs the administrative and enforcement activities of a major division or program of the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.

Positions allocable to this class report to a Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures and are distinguished by their management and administrative responsibilities for major divisions such as pest exclusion, produce quality, pest detection, weed abatement, pesticide regulation, device accuracy, business practice investigations, and pest management. All positions allocable to this class must have the ability to plan, control, direct and evaluate the work of field inspectors and support personnel. Incumbents must have refined written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with managers in other County departments and the industry.

Essential Job Functions

Directs, plans, and schedules the administrative activities, enforcement inspections, and investigations conducted by a division; reviews, prepares, and presents performance evaluations; establishes and maintains effective communication with the Department's constituents including industry, community groups, and consumers to assure the delivery of effective inspection and service programs; assists in the development and achievement of bureau and division goals and objectives; prepares and manages a divisional budget including the ongoing monitoring of revenues and expenditures; reviews and prepares official correspondence, Board letters, press releases and special reports on behalf of the Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures; recommends bureau policy to the Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures; advises the Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures on technical and enforcement issues based on discussions with deputies from other counties; acts as a department liaison or leader on special projects and assignments, especially interagency programs, such as eradication activities; makes presentations before industry and community groups on Department services, programs, and projects; participates in progressive disciplinary processes; assists in the recruitment, selection, and training of new departmental employees; may be required to travel out of town to represent the Department at meetings, trainings, seminars, etc.; prepares and reviews Appraisals of Promotability; interacts with the Board of Supervisors' field deputies, Chief Executive Office analysts, and other county agencies; reviews and prepares bid specifications, evaluates and secures bids, and assures the fulfillment of contracts and inspection agreements; directs the investigation and prosecution of violations through criminal and civil suits, and acts as the departmental advocate in civil administrative hearings; may act as bureau director in the absence of the Deputy Director, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures; assists in the review and evaluation of proposed legislation, regulation, and policy changes; assists in the development of Department policies and procedures, and assures their implementation and compliance; and participates in grievance processes.


SELECTION REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an accredited* four-year college** with specialization in the agricultural or biological sciences or other appropriate disciplines as determined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture including the successful completion of college level courses in both Botany and Entomology*** - AND - Two years of paid, full-time work experience at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector III****, Agricultural Inspector III*****, or Supervisor, Weights and Measures Inspection.******

LICENSE: Possession of State of California Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or a State of California Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures Licenses** - AND - All State of California agricultural inspector and weights and measures inspector licenses** - AND - A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential.

PHYSICAL CLASS II - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

*Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.

**In order to receive credit for the required degree and/or course work, certification, and licenses, you must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, official certificates and/or licenses at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of application filing.

***Persons employed by the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures prior to January 1, 1998, without the required degree, but holding at least one of the agricultural licenses, must have successfully completed at least 18 college-level semester units, or equivalent quarter units, in agricultural or biological science. Persons employed by the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures prior to January 1, 1998, without the required course work in Botany, who hold the following licenses, may substitute such licensure for the required Botany course work as follows:

Botany Course - Substitute the following licenses:
FULL LICENSES: Integrated Pest Management AND Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation.
SUBCATEGORIES: Weed Control, Plant Quarantine and Pest Detection AND Nursery and Seed Regulation.

Persons employed by the Department of Agricultural/Commissioner Weights and Measures prior to January 1, 1998, without the required course work in Entomology, who hold the following licenses, may substitute such licensure for the required Entomology course work as follows:

Entomology Course - Substitute the following licenses:
FULL LICENSES: Integrated Pest Management AND Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation.
SUBCATEGORIES: Insect and Disease Pest Management AND Plant Quarantine and Pest Detection.

****At the level of an Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector III is defined as a senior or lead, performs the more difficult and complex inspections and enforcement assignments, acts as the on-site lead inspector, enforces safety practices and procedures, and instructs in methods for the expedient and accurate accomplishment of either agricultural or weights and measures inspections, monitors the quantity of inspections conducted by lower level inspectors or associates and make recommendations to management on the preparation of performance evaluations and probationary reports for these employees, acts as a field working supervisor over agricultural inspection, weights and measures, or weed abatement functions by providing training and orientation to employees, establishing job deadlines and maintaining assignment logs, possess a high degree of proficiency, knowledge and expertise in Federal, State and local laws related to departmental programs.

*****At the level of an Agricultural Inspector III is defined as a district inspector with responsibility for a multifunctional agricultural area, or weed abatement zone or a lead with responsibility for a single agricultural inspection function on a Countywide basis or a large area thereof, exercises thorough knowledge of the techniques for the collection and analysis of data, as well as all applicable state and county policies, procedures, and laws governing agricultural enforcement.

******At the level of a Supervisor, Weights and Measures Inspection is defined as: supervises the inspection and testing of weighing and measuring devices of the investigation of suspected violations of State weights and measures laws.

  1. Possession of the remaining required State of California Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures license.**
  2. Possession of the State of California County Agricultural Commissioner and/or County Sealer of Weights and Measures licenses.**
  3. A Master's Degree from an accredited* college or university in any related fields of agricultural, weights and measures or public or business administration.**
  4. Completion of advanced courses from an accredited* college or university in supervision, business management or human resources.**
  5. Experience in working effectively with all levels of staff, organizations, government agencies, private companies, community agencies or County Departments.
  6. Excellent business writing and oral communication skills.
  7. Experience in leading and training subordinates staff to achieve desired organizational goals.
  8. Excellent public speaker.

Additional Information


This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience, Desirable Qualifications, and supplemental questionnaire based on the application information weighted 100%.



The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (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 a twelve (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 eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.

Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnaire completely. 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 the Selection 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 examination process.

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We must receive your application and Job Specific Questionnaire by 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 within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application will be rejected. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on all the faxed documents.

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

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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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