County of Alameda

Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services (#8422)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$54.76-$66.63 Hourly / $4,380.80-$5,330.40 BiWeekly /
$9,491.73-$11,549.20 Monthly / $113,900.80-$138,590.40 Yearly

Under general direction, the Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services evaluates, directs, and coordinates the activities of one or more sections within the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and staff engaged in the enforcement of State and Federal laws relating to agricultural and weights and measures within the County and may be called upon to assist in the activities of other sections as needed.


The Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services is located in the Community Development Agency’s (CDA) Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department, which has various locations throughout Alameda County. The Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services is a management position with full supervisory responsibility providing direct oversight to one or more of the various agricultural and weights and measures programs and is responsible for the work of Agricultural and Standards Investigators engaged in enforcement of applicable State and Federal laws. The Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services develops, implements, and evaluates goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to the function of the department. Incumbents work under the direction of and report to the Deputy Director, CDA in the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and/or an Assistant Deputy Director, CDA.

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. Plan, organize, supervise, and coordinate the work of staff in the various programs in the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures.
  2. Assume responsibility for a variety of personnel activities, including performance evaluations, training, selection, and disciplinary action.
  3. Participate in the development and review of department policies and goals.
  4. Based on department guidelines, create, develop, and/or revise program policies, procedures, and division goals.
  5. Assist in the preparation of the annual budget by compiling and analyzing data on staffing, support resources, and program needs.
  6. Prepare correspondence, review, and ensure the accuracy of staff daily reports, monthly activity reports to the state, and is responsible for record maintenance.
  7. Supervise the care and maintenance of department vehicles, equipment, and standards.
  8. Supervise the investigations of complaints, the gathering of evidence, and recommend enforcement actions.
  9. May supervise departmental clerical/administrative support.
  10. Represent the Department, Agency and County in meetings of public and private interest groups, affiliate agencies, professional organizations, and stakeholder groups.
  11. Acts on behalf of the Deputy Director, CDA and/or Assistant Deputy Director, CDA, as directed.
  12. Enforce Federal, State, and Local Laws and Regulations pertaining to Pesticide Use Enforcement, Pest Detection, Pest Eradication, Pest Exclusion (including Dog Team), Weed Control, Biological Control, Seed, Nursery, Standardization, Direct Marketing, Organic, Egg Quality, Apiary and Weights and Measures procedures, practices and their application.
  13. Assist in negotiating contracts with outside vendors, consultants, or organizations; administer, monitor, and evaluate contracts.
  14. Makes recommendations and assists in the development, revision, and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, organization, and operating methods.
  15. Monitors various State inspection contracts to ensure compliance with performance requirements.
  16. May perform complex and technical field inspections, surveys, investigations, regulatory pest control, and enforcement activities.



The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the class of Agricultural and Standards Investigator III in the Alameda County classified service.  


Possession of a bachelor’s degree, or appropriate four (4) year degree which qualifies the applicant to obtain the required State licenses.


The equivalent of four (4) 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. One (1) of the required four (4) years of experience must include supervising responsibility. 


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 Laws, Regulations and Ordinances relating to Pesticide Use Enforcement, Weights and Measures, Agricultural Pest Detection, Pest Exclusion, and Pest Eradication procedures and practices and their application.
  • Principal, practices, and techniques of budgeting.
  • Knowledge of supervision and management principles.
  • Public relations.
  • Effective organization, administration, and personnel management and training.
  • 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:

  • Interpret and apply agricultural weighting and measuring laws, regulations, and policies to clients and consumers.
  • Solve problems.
  • Establish good working relationships with staff, community groups, and government agencies.
  • Conduct public hearings and act as a hearing officer.
  • Provide effective leadership.
  • Manage human resources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Direct and provide technical guidance and training to staff.
  • Apply modern principles of management and supervision.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and County laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to Agriculture and Weights and Measures.
  • Analyze situations, consider alternatives, make independent decisions, and take appropriate actions.
  • Utilize social media if required.

New Spec 8422
IL: saa 03/08/2023
CSC Date: 03/22/2023


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

  • 12 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.