• Fresno County
  • 2220 Tulare St., Fresno, California
  • May 25, 2022
Variable Shift Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related Clerical and Administrative Support

Job Description

Position Description
Starting Salary
$15.4125 - Hourly

Scheduled Salary Increase :
3% effective 9/19/22



The Fresno County Department of Agriculture is offering exciting employment opportunities for individuals interested in contributing to Fresno County's agricultural industry as an Agricultural Technician - Seasonal (Extra-Help).

Agricultural Technicians play a key role in Fresno County's agriculture industry by performing standardization and other inspections on seasonal agricultural commodities in order to protect the consumer, the environment, and the industry. If you are a dynamic, motivated individual interested in a rewarding opportunity to provide an invaluable service to the community and economy, the Department of Agriculture invites you to apply!

Note : Temporary (extra-help) employees are paid an hourly rate for actual hours worked, are not entitled to benefits, do no obtain permanent status and serve at the will of the department head.

Positions in this classification are in Medical Group III - Heavy Physical Activity (Personnel Rule 8). This group includes positions which require heavy physical effort using arms, legs, back and trunk in frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling objects weighing (or offering resistance equivalent to) over 25 pounds. Generally, considerable bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, as well as standing and walking are involved. Physical stamina is usually required and explosive strength using bursts of energy may be required, depending upon specific position assignments.

Eligible candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Samples of Duties The information listed below is meant to serve as samples of job duties and responsibilities for positions in this extra-help classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but indicative of several types of duties performed. Consequently, this information does not reflect Essential Functions for any given position in this classification.
  • Inspects a variety of seasonal agricultural commodities in areas such as packing houses, wineries and grading sheds and issues certificates of inspection for compliance with regulations relating to standards.
  • Directs the reconditioning or destruction of products below minimum requirements.
  • Maintains records and prepares routine reports of inspection progress.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of :
  • The California Food and Agriculture Code and California Code of Regulations as it pertains to agriculture;
  • Applicable Fresno County ordinances related to commodities standards and inspection;
  • Basic principles of botany, entomology, plant pathology, physical science and related laboratory techniques;
  • Common agricultural crops, their varieties and diseases;
  • Farming practices used in establishing, maintaining, and harvesting agricultural crops;
  • Chemicals used in basic plant and soil science as related to agricultural crop production;
  • Safe driving practices;
  • Basic mathematics.
Skills/Abilities to :
  • Gather designated data and keep accurate, legible records;
  • Read, understand, and interpret laws, regulations, and technical materials;
  • Effectively manage multiple work assignments and meet established deadlines;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels, as well as with other agencies and the public;
  • Demonstrate and maintain a high degree of maturity, integrity, accountability and good judgment.

Minimum Qualifications Applicants must qualify under one (1) of the options listed below:
Education : Completion of twelve (12) semester units of coursework in agricultural, life, or physical sciences that is acceptable within the United States' accredited college or university system.
Experience : One (1) year of full-time, paid work experience in agriculture or farming.
In addition to the options listed above, the following is also required:
License : Must obtain one (1) valid Seasonal Agricultural Inspector license, issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, necessary to inspect a specific seasonal agricultural commodity in Fresno County, as determined by the Department of Agriculture, within two (2) weeks from the date of hire.
License : Possession of a valid Class "C" driver's license, or equivalent.

  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and filing requirements for this position by the filing deadline.
  • A completed Fresno County employment application is required (must be current, complete, and accurate; amendments will not be accepted after the filing deadline).
  • Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.
  • Please fully list your work experience, including current position. Failure to list current and complete work experience within the job application (including employment with the County of Fresno) will result in the disqualification of your application.
  • In the Education section of your application, please provide complete information for each school attended. Please provide the school's name, school's location, the type and number of units earned (semester or quarter), and if applicable which major or program was completed (Agriculture, Biology, etc.). Failure to completely list education within the job application may disqualify the applicant from consideration.
  • College/University transcripts may be requested to verify completion of qualifying education.
  • If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted. Documentation must be provided by the closing date/time of this recruitment. You may attach a copy to your online employment application; fax a copy to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Jared Tajima; or email it to
  • Valid driver's license number must be listed on your application. Failure to provide this number on your application will result in your application being rejected.

Depending on the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and filing requirements, applicants may be scheduled for one of the processes listed below.
  • Certification without Examination - In instances where the number of eligible candidates is less than or equal to the number of qualified applicants the Department is entitled to receive under Personnel Rule 4212, the competitive examination process will be waived and the names will be certified without an examination.
  • Online Examination - If required, the examination will be offered in an online format. Please indicate on the supplemental questionnaire if you have the ability to complete an online examination.
Successful candidates will be placed on an employment list, effective for a minimum of 3 months (may be extended up to an additional 12 months), and certified in final rank order as vacancies occur.

  • Fresno County Employment Application - must be current, complete, and accurate; amendments will not be accepted after the filing deadline.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire.

Please note : All required application materials must be received online via our website by the closing date and time of this recruitment. Applications submitted via U.S. mail, in person, email or fax will not be accepted. Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Applications for this recruitment must be submitted online only. An online application may be found at:

Open Job Information Flyer and click "Apply" to begin the online application process. Failure to complete the job application or failure to follow the application instructions may result in the disqualification of the applicant. Amendments will not be accepted after the filing deadline.

Once the filing deadline has passed, you may check the status of this recruitment at any time by logging on to:

Please be advised that it is the applicant's responsibility to notify Human Resources of any mailing address and telephone number changes. Notices sent via U.S. mail from Human Resources are not forwarded ("Return Service" is requested, therefore mail will not be sent to a forwarding address).

For the safety of our employees, the County of Fresno complies with all Federal, State and Local Orders related to COVID-19, including Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards.

The County of Fresno is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Fresno County to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factor.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS - The County of Fresno is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, examination or selection process may contact Human Resources at (559) 600-1830 at least five days prior to the scheduled date or deadline.


Analyst: Jared Tajima

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Job Address

2220 Tulare St., Fresno, California 93721 United States View Map