County of Alameda

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures (#8421)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$46.01-$55.98 Hourly / $3,680.80-$4,478.40 BiWeekly /
$7,975.07-$9,703.20 Monthly / $95,700.80-$116,438.40 Yearly

Under direction, the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the activities of one or more sections within the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and may be called upon to assist in the activities of other sections as needed.


The Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer is located in the Community Development Agency’s (CDA) Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department which has various locations throughout Alameda County. The Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer is a management position providing direct oversight to one or more of the various agricultural and weights and measures programs. The incumbent has a broad scope of administrative responsibilities as well as extensive experience in all types of inspections and investigations. The Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer implements department policy and procedures, recommends enforcement actions, supervises primarily licensed professional staff and coordinates cross-program operations within the department. Incumbents work under the direction of, and report to an Assistant Deputy Director, CDA or Deputy Director, CDA in the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department.

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. Supervise and coordinate the activities of field staff in various agricultural and weights and measures programs.

2. Provide guidance and training to staff in proper inspection and enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to agriculture and weights and measures.

3. Assist in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures, budget preparation and operational planning.

4. Prepare correspondence, review and ensure the accuracy of staff daily reports, monthly activity reports to the state and is responsible for record maintenance.

5. Supervise the care and maintenance of department vehicles, equipment and standards.

6. Supervise the investigations of complaints, gathering of evidence and recommend enforcement actions to the Assistant Deputy Director; may advocate over administrative hearings and act as a witness as necessary.

7. May supervise departmental clerical/administrative support.

8. Represent the department at meetings and makes presentations to various stakeholder groups and other governmental organizations.

9. May act on behalf of an Assistant Deputy Director in their absence.


The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Agricultural and Standards Investigator III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts).


A Bachelor’s Degree, or appropriate four-year degree which qualifies the applicant to obtain the required State licensing.


The equivalent of four years full-time experience in the enforcement of agricultural laws, in agricultural pest control, or in the production, marketing, or processing of agricultural commodities; or experience in inspection, maintenance, repair or installation of measuring instruments or equipment. This experience must have been at a level comparable to an equivalent class of an Alameda County Agricultural and Standards Investigator III.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid state license as a County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or County Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Possession of a 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:

• Federal, State and local agricultural and weights and measures laws, regulations, procedures and practices and their application.
• Record keeping systems.
• County/State government process and organization.
• Agricultural and structural pests and their control.
• Principles and procedures for issuing citations, conducting administrative hearings and criminal and civil prosecutions.
• Workplace safety practices.
• Principles, mechanics, and care of equipment and testing devices, and of methods and techniques of inspecting.
• Principles of personnel management.

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff and the public.
• Direct and provide technical guidance and training to staff.
• Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, business contacts, and members of the general public.
• Write and speak effectively.
• Work with various segments of the justice system.
• Apply modern principles of management and supervision.
• Interpret and apply federal, state and local laws and regulations.
• Analyze situations, consider alternatives, make independent decisions and take appropriate actions.
• Utilize social media if required.

Newspecs: 8421.doc
DRH:cs 1/6/11
CSC Date: 6/29/11
DRH:cs Revised 8/23/16
CSC Date: 8/31/16


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.