Agricultural & Standards Investigator I

Shasta County Redding , CA 96001

Posted 3 weeks ago

DESCRIPTION Benefits Supplemental Questions

  • Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining

Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases

  • Please visit http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/support_index/personnel/MOUs.aspx

CURRENT VACANCY IS IN THE AGRICULTURE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

DEPARTMENT

ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2019

SEE "SPECIAL REQUIREMENT" SECTION REGARDING VALID LICENSURE

RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED

SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE STATEMENT

MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS

FINAL FILING DATE: APRIL 2, 2019 AT 5:00 PM

ABOUT THE POSITION

Under close supervision, learns to conduct agricultural inspections and inspect commercial weighing, measuring and counting devices, and packaged commodities in the enforcement of laws and regulations; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the entry-level class in the Agricultural and Standards Investigator series. Incumbents learn to perform both agricultural and weights and measures inspection work.

A position in this class is distinguished from that of the next higher class of Investigator II in that the incumbent is usually given constant and detailed supervision. With increased experience and proficiency or during emergency situations, employees are assigned to work independently on limited programs or special projects where consequence of error is limited; actual operations, method, and reports, however, continue to receive close post review.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

In a trainee and learning capacity an Investigator I will inspect fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, and other agricultural commodities in markets, packing houses, and storage areas; inspect apiaries and nurseries for pests and compliance with laws, regulations, rules, and policies; inspect commodities, growing grounds, storage areas, and markets for compliance with organic and direct marketing laws, regulations, and rules; perform various inspection and permitting activities related to pesticide use; issue notices of violation, citations, and other compliance documents; inspect incoming shipments of plants, trees, and seeds for evidence of pests, noxious weeds and compliance with federal, state, and local quarantine regulations; perform work in programs to detect, eradicate, and manage noxious weeds, vertebrate, insect, and other plant pests; inspect and test weighing, measuring, and counting devices; perform statistical inspection of packaged goods to insure proper labeling and net content statement compliance and verification of bulk material volume; investigate complaints; compile and analyze data and prepare reports; maintain accurate records of inspections and tests made; advise and instruct individuals, businesses, and public agencies in the prevention and correction of problems relating to agricultural and weights and measures laws and regulations.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Principles of agricultural, biological, or physical sciences.

Ability to: Learn to conduct agriculture and weights and measures inspections; learn methods and techniques of investigation and inspection used in the enforcement of agricultural and weights and measures programs; learn to analyze, interpret, and enforce agricultural and weights and measures laws, regulations, rules, and policies; learn to use tools, equipment, methods, and computer hardware and software commonly associated with a county department of agriculture and weights and measures; prepare and write detailed investigative, technical, and other reports; keep accurate records; understand and follow oral and written directions; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; read and understand maps; observe, identify, report, and correct unsafe work practices, procedures, and/or occupational hazards; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

These employment standards are typically attained with possession of Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines as determined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in an agricultural, biological, or physical science or possession of one or more valid Agricultural Biologist Licenses.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have at least one year experience in an agricultural related field, preferably in the enforcement of laws, regulations and/or policies; have experience using standard word processing and data management programs; knowledge of the CalAgPermit and CalPEATS pesticide programs; have public speaking experience, including developing and delivering presentations to diverse groups about relevant agricultural/W&M issues; have experience in identifying common plant pests and noxious weeds; and have knowledge of inspection and testing of mechanical and electronic scales and meters,: price verification, quantity control, weighmaster and petroleum inspections.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Possession of a valid California driver license. The Commissioner/Sealer may require the possession of a specific California Commercial Driver's License.

  • Incumbents who do not possess any valid licenses will have one year from date of appointment to this class to obtain one valid license as a County Agriculture Inspector/Biologist. Failure to obtain the license within one year will be cause for termination in this class. The Commissioner/Sealer may designate the specific license required based on the needs of the department.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

  • Do you currently possess a valid license in one or more categories as a County Agricultural Inspector/Biologist? Y/N

  • If yes to question #1, please write the license(s) that you possess. If no, please type 'n/a.'

  • Please describe your experience and/or education in the identification, inspection, and monitoring of agricultural or environmental pests and diseases. If none, please type 'n/a.'

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.

The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee is regularly required to walk on rough terrain, irregular surfaces, wet floors or surfaces.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, the ability to adjust focus, and normal color vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and extreme heat.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.

  • Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

  • Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.

  • Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here. If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flier.

  • In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

  • Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) Professional Unit.

  • Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62.

    An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 7.25% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at Employee Benefits additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County's website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County's website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00p.m., on April 2, 2019. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application.

It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, "Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter," or "See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter" the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted.

This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Veterans' Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin.

Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515



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