Placer County

Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer (#19903)

$59.17-$73.88 Hourly / $10,256.13-$12,805.87 Monthly / $123,073.60-$153,670.40 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the Agriculture Department including agricultural inspection, weights and measures testing, inspection programs and trapping/hunting activities; to serve as County Agricultural Commissioner and as Sealer of Weights and Measures; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Executive Officer.


This level recognizes classes with full responsibility for the administration of a County department.


Receives policy direction from the County Executive Officer.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned management and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop, plan and implement department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the County Executive Officer and Board of Supervisors and act as staff to the County Agriculture Commission; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Agriculture budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Represent the department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Act as staff to the County Fish and Game Commission.
    Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • 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: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in agricultural inspection, weights and measures testing and inspection, including four years of administrative and management 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 County Agricultural Commissioner and as 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 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 laws, rules and regulations.
    • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
    • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
    • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
    • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

    Ability to:

    • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Agriculture Department.
    • 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 twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and communicate through written means.
    • Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
    • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
    • Successfully develop, control and administer departmental budget and expenditures.
    • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
    • Interpret and apply County policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
    • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

    CLASS: 19903; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;