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TEHAMA COUNTY invites applications for the position of:
Ag Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist I, II or III

SALARY: See Position Description
04/24/2020 05:00 PM

The department currently has one (1) full time vacancy, as well as one (1) limited term vacancy. The limited term position is set to sunset on 6/30/21.
DESCRIPTION: Conducts inspections and investigations in the enforcement of laws pertaining to pest prevention, plant quarantine, pesticide use, apiary, vertebrate pest and weed control, nursery and seed, produce/egg quality, as well as those pertaining to agricultural weights and measures, petroleum products, compressed gases, weigh master, device repairman, and quality control.

SALARY (A-E Steps) Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist I $3,445/mo. – $4,193/mo. Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist II $3,798/mo. – $4,629/mo. Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist III $4,193/mo. – $5,111/mo.

Monitors and conducts inspections of produce, plant material, nurseries, apiaries, weighing and measuring standards, petroleum products, pesticide usage, disease detection, quality and/or quantity control; issues permits and certifications, as appropriate; enforces the Agricultural Code, Business and Professions Code, and California Code of Regulations. | Enforces federal, state and local quarantine laws and regulations for the prevention of the introduction and spread of noxious weeds, injurious insects and plant diseases. | Surveys crop and non-croplands, rights-of-way and other properties to determine location and extent of animal/insect/plant disease infestation; participates in their eradication or control. Investigates complaints of potential violations; issues violation notices, warnings, citations, and notices of abatements, or takes other corrective action as appropriate; assist with preparation of administrative civil penalties. | Coordinates inspection/enforcement activities with other agencies, as appropriate. | Assembles evidence and prepares cases against code violators; provides court testimony, as required. | Operates a variety of vehicles and special equipment, including personal protective equipment, power and hand tools, microscopes, test equipment, pesticide sprayers, test standards, etc. | Prepares and submits a variety of inspection, technical and other records and reports. | Receives and responds to inquiries, requests for assistance and complaints regarding departmental programs and code requirements. | Examines and identifies insects, plants, agricultural diseases, etc., for growers and homeowners. | Performs various office duties as necessary, including preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, ordering supplies, attending meetings and training sessions, etc. | May coordinate special department programs or activities, as assigned. | Responsible for assigned vehicle, reporting maintenance issues to appropriate agency staff.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Law enforcement powers and obligations of the Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures | Principles, practices and procedures of agricultural law enforcement and inspection, including pest and disease detection and eradication | Principles, practices and procedures of weights and measures, including quality control, and fraudulent packaging and labeling inspections | English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation | Techniques and methods of statistical sampling | Applicable Federal, State, County, Department, and Division laws, regulations, policies and procedures

ABILITY TO: Interpret and enforce laws and regulations related to agriculture and weights and measures | Work independently and as a team member | Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing | Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines | Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs | Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted on the job | React calmly and professionally in emergency, emotional, and/or stressful situations
Click on the position title below to view the full classification specification. Ag Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist I | Ag Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist II | Ag Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist III

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree specializing in agriculture, biological, chemical or physical sciences; or any discipline with a minimum 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.
    Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist II:
  • One (1) year experience in agriculture, biological, or physical sciences related fields.
    Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist III:
  • Two (2) years experience in agriculture, biological, or physical sciences or other related field.


  • Requires one (1) state license in an Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspection category be acquired within one (1) year of employment. The Agricultural Commissioner may designate the specific license required based on the needs of the department.
  • Valid California driver’s license is required for all positions.
  • Some positions may require a valid Class B California driver’s license be obtained.
    Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist II:
  • Requires five (5) state licenses in Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspection categories. (The Agricultural Commissioner may designate the specific licenses required based on the needs of the department.)
    Ag Bio Weights & Measures Specialist III:
  • Requires all eight (8) state licenses in Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspection categories.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to inspect County sites, to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various County and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is partially a sedentary office classification; the job also involves field inspection work requiring frequent walking at inspection site areas to monitor performance and to identify problems or hazards; standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, up to 100 pounds occasionally and up to 50 pounds frequently, necessary to perform job functions.

Employees partially work in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions, and partially in the field and may occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical, and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

In addition to filling current vacancies, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for an Agricultural Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist I, II or III, as well as subsequent vacancies which occur during the life of the eligibility list.
To be considered for this position, a cover letter must be attached to your completed application.
Please also submit ALL required documents when applying such as, copies of all required degrees and/or certifications as outlined in the job description. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact the department at the phone number listed below.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background, fingerprinting, drug test (including marijuana) and physical examination provided by the County. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANT / VETERANS’ PREFERENCE POLICY / DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 1834 Walnut Street PO Box 38 Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-527-4504
Ag Biologist / Weights & Measures Specialist I, II or III Supplemental Questionnaire
Which position are you applying for?
Full Time Limited Term | Sunsets 6/30/21 Both
Please identify each of the valid County Agricultural or County Weights & Measures licenses you possess. Select all that apply:
Commodity Regulation Investigation & Environmental Monitoring Pest Prevention & Plant Regulation Pesticide Regulation Weight Verification Measurement Verification Transaction & Product Verification NONE
Please use as much detail as possible to describe the experience you have had with public sector organizations.
Please describe your prior experience in Agriculture/Biological Sciences to assist in your qualifications as an Agricultural Biologist.
* Required Question

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None