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County of Tehama

Agriculture Department

Full-Time with Benefits

SALARY: $37.82 – $45.97 Hourly | $3,025.60 – $3,677.60 Biweekly

Under direction of the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, supervises, coordinates and participates in inspection work involved in the enforcement of laws pertaining to pest prevention, plant quarantine, pesticide use, apiary, vertebrate pest and weed control and produce/egg quality, as well as those pertaining to weights and measures, petroleum products and compressed gases.

Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate must have substantial knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of agricultural law enforcement and inspection, including pest and disease detection and eradication; as well as the principles, practices and procedures of weights and measures including quality control, and fraudulent packaging and labeling inspections. It is essential the candidate have the ability to interpret and enforce laws/regulations related to agriculture and weights &measures while establishing and maintaining effective public relations.

Examples of Duties

  • Assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate staff involved in inspection work and the enforcement of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Assists in establishing and implementing policies and procedures for all divisions.
  • Assists in the development of division budgets.
  • Reviews, prepares and/or submits a variety of administrative and technical reports.
  • Investigates complaints of potential violations; issues violation notices or takes other corrective action, as appropriate.
  • Assembles evidence, prepares and presents cases against code violators.
  • Monitors and conducts inspections of produce, plant material, weighing and measuring devices, various pesticide uses, disease detection, quality and/or quantity control; issues permits and certifications as appropriate, enforces various agricultural codes, business and professional codes, and the California Code of Regulations.
  • Operates a variety of vehicles and special equipment, including personal protective equipment, power and hand tools, microscopes, test equipment, pesticide sprayers, testing standards, etc. Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints regarding departmental programs.
  • Examines and identifies insects, plants, diseases, etc., for growers and homeowners.

Education, Experience & Licenses
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.
  • Two (2) years experience in agriculture, biological, or physical science related fields with one (1) year lead or supervisory experience preferred.

License & Special Requirements:

  • Requires State licensure as a Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner at the time of appointment.
  • Additionally, candidate must obtain (within 24 months) State licensure as Deputy County Sealer of Weights and Measures.
  • Requires a valid California driver’s license.

Recruitment Information

The department currently has one (1) vacancy.
In addition, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for a Deputy Ag Commissioner / Sealer of Weights & Measures, as well as subsequent vacancies which occur during the life of the eligibility list.

Please 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:
Vanessa Sciaretta
530-527-4504 I

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background, fingerprinting, drug test (including marijuana) and physical examination provided by the County.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None