Under direct supervision, performs inspections and enforcement activities related to Federal, State and local agricultural and/or weights and measures laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies for consumer and agricultural industry protection.
Positions allocable to this class perform inspection and enforcement activities under direct supervision and may assist higher level inspectors with more difficult or complex tasks. Incumbents have completed initial agricultural and weights and measures inspection cross training at an associate level, and are expected to exercise a knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances regulating the use of pesticides, quarantine, standardization, scales, meters and the labeling and packaging of consumer products. All positions must have knowledge of field sampling techniques, interpersonal skills including negotiation and persuasion, the ability to communicate applicable codes and explain violations, and basic investigative and interviewing skills. Incumbents are required to demonstrate and exercise a progressively increasing knowledge of inspection techniques and functions and may be required to rotate through any of the various departmental assignments prior to completion of a one-year probationary period. Positions in this class perform tasks such as bending, stooping, and lifting objects over 25 pounds in the performance of their duties.
Essential Job Functions
Gathers and compiles information and prepares reports, issues citations or violations and collects appropriate fees; interprets and enforces government acts and regulations and explain required standards to customers; warns violators of infractions or penalties; maintains records and prepares reports on inspections, pest control activities and related matters; uses a variety of hand-held or other equipment such as, but not limited to, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, hydrometers and laptop or tablet computers; receives and provides training in the safe and effective use of various tools and equipment utilized in any inspection, investigation or enforcement activities that may be assigned; responds to inquiries and complaints from other agencies and the public; collects samples from animals, plants, or products and route them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, ingredient verification, or other testing; visits establishments to verify that valid licenses, penalty notices, or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld; inspects produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods weighing 25 pounds or more; inspects shipments for compliance with labeling, weighing and measuring codes, issues inspection certificates; uses a variety of mathematical formulae, including algebra; may act as a witness in administrative, criminal and civil cases; evaluates applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues; advises licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing and permit regulations; monitors pesticide use by commercial applicators including types of pesticides used and application techniques; reports law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies; inspects orchards, farms, nurseries, mills, apiaries, and plant shipments for agricultural pests and diseases and ensures adequate plant pest quarantine measures are taken; inspects and enforces agricultural product standards for f!
egetables, and eggs; inspects, tests, seals or condemns weighing and measuring devices used in commercial transactions; performs test purchases or sales to verify accurate weight or measure; confers with or interviews officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions; prepares correspondence to inform concerned parties of licensing decisions or appeals processes; directs or monitors the quarantine and treatment or destruction of plants or plant products.
OPTION I: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines in agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics, including the completion of at least one college level course in the field of Botany or Entomology** -AND- One year of paid, full-time work experience performing agricultural or weights and measures inspection functions for a public jurisdiction. Any remaining required Botany or Entomology course must be completed within one year from the time of appointment.***
OPTION II: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in any discipline with a minimum of 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** -AND- One year of paid, full-time work experience performing agricultural or weights and measures inspections for a public jurisdiction.
OPTION III: One year of paid, full-time work experience as an Associate Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector**** in the service of the County of Los Angeles -AND- The successful completion of at least one college level course in the field of Botany or Entomology**. Any remaining required Botany or Entomology course must be completed within one year from the time of appointment.***
One valid State of California Weights and Measures license in either Weight Verification or Measurement Verification -AND- One Agricultural license in Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation -AND- A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.
License Information: All successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
PHYSICAL CLASS IV - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.