THE COUNTY OF SHASTA
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR
Deputy Agricultural Commissioner / Sealer of Weights and Measures
THE CURRENT VACANCY IS WITHIN THE SHASTA COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE / WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS
SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENT” SECTION REGARDING POSSESSION OF
CALIFORNIA LICENSURE AND A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE
RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED
APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED WEEKLY UNTIL POSTIION IS FILLED
FINAL FILING DATE – CONTINUOUS
SALARY & BENEFITS INFORMATION
$6,029 – $7,695 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $34.78 – $44.39 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*
- Holidays: 12 days per year.
- 80 hours of management leave per year
- 8-hour floating holiday
- Vacation: 10 days/year first 3 years; 15 days/year 4-9 years; 17 days/year 10-15 years; 20 days/year 16 years and thereafter.
- Sick Leave: 12 days per year with a generous pro rata payoff at termination after at least 5 years
- Retirement: CalPERS, coordinated with Social Security. Formulas include 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62.
- Insurance: Medical and dental plan, with the County paying for most of the employee and a portion of the dependent cost; a vision plan, a fully paid life insurance policy and long-term disability plan
- Other: Deferred Compensation plan, IRC Section 125 plan available.
Future base salary increases of 2.5% for December of 2023 and 2.0% for December of 2024. *Please visit https://www.shastacounty.gov/personnel/page/labor-agreements-mous and refer to the Shasta County Personnel Rules and the Confidential Cost of Living Increases for future salary increases.
ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY
Shasta County offers all the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere. With its natural beauty, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures provides regulatory agricultural services, and the regulation of weights and measures. Services include pesticide use enforcement, pest exclusion, pest detection/eradication, nursery and seed inspection, fruit/vegetable/egg quality control, and apiary inspection. Weights and measures activities include the inspection of weighing and measuring devices, testing of prepackaged commodities for compliance with stated weight or volume, the regulation of petroleum products, and public and private weighmaster services.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Under general direction, to supervise, coordinate, and assist in the agricultural and weights and measures inspection and enforcement program; and to do related work as required.
Under the direction of the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures, the incumbent is responsible for supervising professional and paraprofessional staff members as assigned and field duties. The incumbent works independently, requiring direction only on more difficult or unusual projects.
The ideal candidate has substantial experience in the administration of Agricultural and Weights and Measures programs as well as the development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures. They consistently approach their work with innovation, creativity and big picture thinking. They are an excellent communicator (both verbally and in writing) who can build productive and positive professional relationships both internally and externally, working with staff, partners, other agencies, the public and other stakeholders. They are skilled in conflict resolution and can maintain composure and compassion in challenging situations.
The Deputy Commissioner understands and embraces the importance of public service and will continuously seek ways to improve business procedures and processes. They are an experienced supervisor who effectively motivates staff, fosters continuous learning at all levels of the department and promotes a supportive team environment within the office. Additionally, the ideal candidate has demonstrated experience performing budgeting work and in preparing concise and accurate reporting for external agencies.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Assigns, supervises, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff involved in inspection work and the enforcement of applicable laws and regulations; participates in the provision of adequate staff training and employee discipline, as necessary; assists the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures in establishing and implementing policies and procedures; assists in the development of budgets; procures and maintains inventory of supplies and materials necessary for various program operations; reviews, prepares, and/or submits a variety of administrative and technical reports; analyzes statistical data for reports; assembles evidence, prepares and presents cases against code violators; receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, and complaints regarding departmental programs; 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; performs related work as required.
Knowledge of: Supervisory concepts and principles; the organization, procedures, and operating details of a county agricultural department; and weights and measures programs; agricultural and weights and measures inspection and enforcement techniques; applicable Federal, State, County, Department, and Division laws, regulations, policies and procedures; research principles and methods, including statistics; basic principles and practices of modem organization and administration; and governmental budget preparation.
Ability to: Understand, interpret and apply laws and regulations pertaining to agricultural and weights and measures programs; supervise and evaluate the work of others; evaluate program operations and recommend changes in procedures and policies to improve efficiency; plan, organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities; help prepare and monitor the departmental budget; establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, the public, and others contacted in the course of the work; collect, interpret, and evaluate data; express ideas effectively in oral and written form; perform required mathematical calculations quickly and accurately; and work independently.
These standards are typically attained 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: Agricultural science, Biological science, Chemical science, Physical science, Mathematics, and/or Statistics AND two (2) years of experience in Agriculture, Biological, or Physical science related fields with one (1) year lead or supervisory experience preferred.
- Possession of EITHER a valid California Deputy Agricultural Commissioner license OR a valid California Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures license at the time of appointment AND possession of both valid licensures within eighteen (18) months of appointment.
- Possession of a valid California driver license.
Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.
- Please select all that you possess:
- Valid license of eligibility as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture
- Valid license of eligibility as a Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture
- 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: Agricultural science, Biological science, Chemical science, Physical science, Mathematics, and/or Statistics
- Two (2) years of experience in Agriculture, Biological, or Physical science related fields
- One (1) year of lead or supervisory experience in Agriculture, Biological, or Physical science related fields
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.
- 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 visit https://www.e-verify.gov/sites/default/files/everify/posters/IER_RighttoWorkPoster.pdf (Download PDF reader). If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flyer.
- 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.
- 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 9.5% 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 https://www.shastacounty.gov/personnel/page/employee-benefits for 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 question until this vacancy has been filled. 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.
Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at www.ShastaCountyCareers.com 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