County of Alameda

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner (#8230)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$45.22-$55.04 Hourly / $3,617.60-$4,403.20 BiWeekly /
$7,838.13-$9,540.27 Monthly / $94,057.60-$114,483.20 Yearly

Under general direction, to supervise and coordinate the work of the Agricultural Division of the Community Development Agency, and to act for the Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner in his/her absence on agricultural issues, and to do related work as required.


The Deputy Agricultural Commissioner may report to the Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, and the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Assistant Deputy Director. The Deputy Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for the day-to-day guidance and direction of operating personnel in specific programs in the Agricultural Division of the Community Development Agency, as well as assisting with the development of agricultural policies, procedures, and programs. The incumbent provides staff assistance to the Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner and the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Assistant Deputy Director on budgetary and research matters and serves as a Division training officer.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, supervises and coordinates the work of the division, and may act in the Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner’s absence.
2. Coordinates and evaluates staff in the implementation of pest prevention, pesticide use enforcement, nursery, seed, standardization, pest management, and statistics programs.
3. Assists in the development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures, budget preparation and in the evaluation of workload statistics.
4. Supervises the investigation of complaints, gathering of evidence and preparation of cases for hearings or trials, and may appear as a witness in litigation cases.
5. Cooperates with County, State, and Federal personnel on law enforcement and program development activities.
6. Supervises the care, use and maintenance of division vehicles and equipment.
7. Provides in-service training to employees and encourages safe working practices in the performance of inspections and pest management activities.
8. Speaks before interested groups regarding the activities of the Agricultural Division
9. Prepares reports, correspondence and is responsible for the maintenance of records.

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The equivalent of one year in the class of Senior Agricultural Biologist or higher level class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years’ full-time experience in agricultural inspection work for law enforcement purposes of which two of those years must have been in a supervisory capacity, And

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in Agricultural or Biological Science.

Certificates and Licenses:

Valid State certification as a Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner.

Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Duties and responsibilities of the County Agricultural Commissioner's office.
• Legal process in issuing citations, conducting administrative hearings and prosecuting violations.
• Principles of organization, administration, supervision and personnel management and training.
• Budgetary procedures and preparation.
• County, State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to agricultural enforcement work.
• Resources available for the investigation and resolution of complaints/problems.

Ability to:

• Work independently under general supervision.
• Plan, organize and coordinate activities, and to supervise, train and evaluate other employees.
• Deal effectively with co-workers, industry personnel, other agencies and the general public.
• Interpret, explain and enforce laws, regulations and ordinances.
• Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

PB:lh Revised: 7/74
Retyped: 2/77
Retyped: 6/85
JGS:pb Updated: 11/86
Old doc: 0779h
New doc: 8230.doc
DRH:po Revised 4/25/08
CSC Date: 9/10/2008


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.