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Submission #1194

Agricultural Biologist/Weights & Measures Inspector Help
Part Time
Santa Barbara County
Santa Maria, CA
The Santa Barbara County Agriculture/Weights & Measures Department is accepting applications
for Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector Extra Help. The positions are part time and the
hours are based upon the current needs of the department. The positions offer no county benefits.
Successful candidates must pass a medical exam upon acceptance of a position. Positions are
available in Santa Maria. Please submit a resume or email to Traci Lewis at You can also contact one of our offices (see below) to obtain an
Hourly Rate: $24.16
Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector Extra Help performs a variety of non-licensed
technical and administrative tasks; perform customer service functions; and will assist Agricultural
/Weights & Measures Inspectors with:
• Setting, monitoring and servicing traps; conducting field and backyard surveys; assisting in pest
exclusion functions; conducting pest eradication which may include applying pesticides or
biological agents;
• Compiling pesticide use, inspection and regulatory data; review use reports and verifies
corresponding Notices of Intent for pesticide use;
• Provides community outreach and educational programs;
• Conducts integrated pest management activities; attends meetings involving pest management for
agricultural, structural, urban and forestry pests;
• Verifies the accuracy of commercial devices such as gas pumps, taxi meters, propane meters,
electric meters and commercial weighing and measuring devices;
• Prepares reports and correspondence and keeps accurate records;
• Operates and maintains specialized equipment;
• Conducts surveys and assists with inspections at producer sites, nursery and seed locations, organic
production sites and other agricultural and retail locations;
• Gathers statistics and information; prepares data, maps and reports; evaluates agricultural and
natural resource information related to production, costs, loss assessments and practices; provides
support for land use and planning, environmental issues and/or emergency response programs

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:
• County agricultural, pest management, environmental and natural resources programs;
• Tools, methods and equipment pertaining to departmental programs;
• Basic administrative skills and computer operations;
• Principles of program organization and coordination techniques;
• Accepted methods of employee training and work planning;
• Current technological developments and industry trends in area of expertise.

The ideal candidate will be able to:
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with the public and others using tact, patience and
• Effectively speak before the public;
 Perform moderately strenuous physical work which may involve walking on uneven ground,
climbing, lifting and bending, and other related physical tasks;
• Perform work indoors and outdoors in all types of environmental conditions;
• Assist in coordinating countywide program activities;
• Use appropriate independent judgment, and analyze, formulate and implement effective courses of
• Maintain alertness and attention to detail;
• Maintain a safe and orderly work area and adhere to all safety rules and policies.

Education and Experience:
• Any combination of formal education, training, and/or experience which has led to the
acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Possessing the required
knowledge, skills, and abilities could be demonstrated by completion of post-secondary
coursework in agricultural, biological, physical science and related subjects and/or prior
experience in insect detection programs.

Highly Desirable Education and Experience:
• Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with
specialization in (A): one or more disciplines in the agricultural, biological, chemical,
mathematics, or physical sciences that meets the minimum qualifications for the County
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist licensing examinations; or (B): Possession of a bachelor’s
degree from an accredited four-year college or university 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.

• A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application. A valid California driver’s
license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout
Santa Maria Office
624 W. Foster Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93455-3623
Hours: M-F 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Traci Lewis

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