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.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives administrative direction from the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.
Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical personnel.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
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, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
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.
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.