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General Recruitment Information:

This recruitment will establish a list of candidates to be used in filling the vacancy as well as an eligibility list that may be used for future vacancies or temporary help for up to one (1) year.

Job Opportunity:

Only online applications are accepted. It is the responsibility of each applicant to review the full job description and requirements. Resumes are encouraged, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials. Applications which are incomplete as of the final date to apply will be eliminated from consideration. Candidates who meet all the minimum qualifications may be invited to an oral interview.


$2,569.95 – $3,616.18
Beginning salary commensurate with experience

The County of Del Norte Agriculture & Animal Control Department is seeking a qualified candidate to fill one (1) vacancy for the position of Deputy Agricultural Commissioner. This position is classified as full-time.

Under general supervision administers and participates in the operations and activities of the County’s Department of Agriculture to assure proper monitoring of agricultural goods and measuring devices within the county; administers the County animal control program. Deputy Agricultural Commissioner & Sealer of Weights and Measures is a supervisory level in this skilled class and is assigned work which may be technical with a moderate degree of responsibility. This work consists of moderately complex technical duties at an entry to journey level.  This classification is designated as management for benefit purposes.

Supervision Received and Exercised: Employees in this classification receive general to limited supervision within a framework of policies and procedures; Reports to the Agriculture Commissioner; May act on behalf of the Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures in the absence of the appointed official and as the Director of Animal Control in the absence of the appointing authority. The incumbent provides supervision and day-to-day operational guidance to departmental staff.

Detailed Work Activities

Essential job duties may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Administers and participates in activities and operations of the County’s Department of Agriculture, including agriculture and measuring device inspection functions as well as animal control responsibilities.
  • Conducts enforcement of state and federal pesticide regulations and weights and measures laws and regulations.
  • Assists with developing and implementing department goals, objectives and policies.
  • Assists with preparation and control of the of the department’s budget, including the monitoring of various expenditures and revenues.
  • Participates in the hiring, supervising, evaluation and training of department staff in accordance with County personnel rules.
  • Attends regional and state meetings related to the inspection and enforcement functions of the department.
  • Plans and conducts pesticide inspection, monitoring and enforcement as necessary.
  • Oversees county programs concerning agricultural commodity regulations, pest prevention and plant regulations.
  • Directs action to eradicate plant and animal diseases when found and provides information for integrated pest management.
  • Conducts the inspection, testing and sealing of all commercial weighing and measuring instruments, consumer transactions and product verification.
  • Writes various reports and correspondence related to department functions.
  • Conducts hearings on violations to determine enforcement actions as appropriate.
  • Performs field inspections and enforcement duties in a variety of areas relating to department functions, including animal control activities.
  • Conducts and participates in departmental, County and inter county meetings and conferences regarding agriculture, weights and measures and animal control activities and operations.
  • Monitors and participates in the maintenance and repair of departmental equipment.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture, botany, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or related field.
Experience: Five (5) years’ experience working in the field as an agricultural and weights and measures inspector with some program or supervisor responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Local, State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to the activities of the County Agriculture and Sealer’s Department and the Animal Control functions.
  • The principles of administration, including budgeting.
  • The principles and techniques of agriculture inspection, including pest and disease detection and eradication.
  • The principles and techniques of weights and measures, quality control, and fraudulent packing and labeling inspection.
  • The principles, practices and procedures related to Consumer Affairs Investigation.

Ability to:

  • Operate on line computer workstation quickly and accurately.
  • Enforce corrections, non-compliance, seizure or quarantine of violations to agricultural, weights and measures, and animal control laws and regulations with tact and firmness.
  • Interpret and apply laws and regulations related to agriculture, weights and measures, and animal control.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, representatives of other agencies and the general public.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Provide training, supervision and work evaluations for assigned department staff.

Selection Process:

The County of Del Norte does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual preference, or disability in any of its programs, activities, or hiring practices.  All applications will be reviewed and those individuals with backgrounds most closely meeting the needs of the county will be selected for further review.  In the event of a large number of qualifying applicants, a written examination may be given to determine which applicants will be invited to attend an oral interview.  An eligibility list will be established upon completion of the oral interviews.  Expenses (i.e. travel, food, lodging) incurred in connection with the interview shall be the burden of the applicant.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the interview/examination so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Condition of Employment:

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, Del Norte County is required to verify, within three days of employment of any person, that he/she is: 1) a citizen or national of the United States; 2) an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence or authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers: All County of Del Norte employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County of Del Norte requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Work related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Del Norte County is an equal opportunity employer hiring employment eligible applicants. Disabled applicants who require special testing arrangements should contact the Human Resources Department prior to the filing deadline. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, applicants must provide acceptable proof of identity or authorization to work in the United States. A thorough background investigation will be conducted prior to employment.  The investigation may include reference checks, fingerprinting, credit check, driver history and inquiry to local, state and federal files to obtain criminal history information.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the selection process. Selection processes may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:  application review, competitive screening, written examination, performance examination, and/or oral examination. This bulletin is solely for the purpose of announcing a job opening.  It does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revised without notice.


Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 60
Education Required: Bachelor's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 32.12
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 45.20