Placer County

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer (#19835)

$41.78-$52.18 Hourly / $7,241.87-$9,044.53 Monthly / $86,902.40-$108,534.40 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct, manage and participate in the agricultural and weights and measures inspection activities within the Agriculture Department including supervision of hunting/ trapping functions; to serve as Deputy Agricultural Commissioner and Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures per code and statutory requirements; to coordinate agricultural and weights and measures inspection activities with other departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.


The Manager level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for program areas within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.

Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • In the absence of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, to assume the responsibility of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer as needed.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for agricultural and weights and measures inspection and hunting/ trapping activities.
  • Plan, organize and direct agricultural and weights and measures inspection activities including supervision of hunting/trapping functions.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of agricultural, weights and measures inspection and hunting/trapping work plans, assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Perform agricultural and weights and measures inspections, in especially difficult or complex situations or as a technical advisor to inspectors in the field; schedule, prepare and conduct training sessions for technical personnel.
  • Periodically prepare and submit regulatory reports to various agencies; review requests and issue a variety of permits and certificates including restricted material permits and qualified applicator certificates; and review pest control operator and grower pesticide use reports.
  • Initiate and conduct investigations based on consumer complaints; enforce corrections and non-compliance and/or pursue civil action in particularly difficult or sensitive cases.
  • Assist in budget preparation for agricultural, weights and measures inspection and trapping/hunting activities; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance to the
  • Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in agricultural inspection and weights and measures testing and inspection, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in chemistry, agricultural biology or a related physical science; or public or business administration, organizational management or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of California State Certificates as both a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner and a Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures.
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of agricultural inspection, weights and measures testing and inspection and of detection and eradication of diseases and pests related to agricultural commodities.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of policy development.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct the operations of agricultural inspection, weights and measures inspection and trapping/hunting functions.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing field inspections; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and communicate through written means.
  • Perform the most complex work of the Department.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply County and Department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 19835; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;