City and County of San Francisco

Agricultural Inspector (#3450)

$29.95-$36.40 Hourly / $5,191.00-$6,309.00 Monthly / $62,296.00-$75,712.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, inspects and issues permits and certificates for shipment and sales of fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, seeds and other agricultural products; detects pests, insects, diseases and evidences of deterioration; enforces codes and laws pertaining to agriculture inspection in order to promote agricultural welfare; and performs related duties as required.

Requires responsibility for: interpreting, carrying out and enforcing existing policy and methods in the inspection of agricultural products; achieving minor economies in preventing spoilage of food; personal contacts with the general public, merchants and representatives of organizations involving difficult negotiations; keeping related records and reports. Nature of work requires some physical effort in lifting and opening crates and boxes with frequent exposures to minor abrasions, bruises and sprains.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

1. Makes various inspections for enforcement of the minimum provisions of the state agricultural code; inspects eggs by candling and weighing to determine size, grade and wholesomeness; inspects fruits and vegetables for evidence of deterioration, decay and misrepresentation; inspects poultry, rabbits, geese and ducks for proper labeling and classifications; inspects honey for cleanliness, proper size containers and markings; issues tags and notices of instances of violations.

2. Makes plant quarantine inspections at post offices, railroad stations, truck depots, docks and nurseries for harmful insect and disease pests which may be entering the state in plants, fruits, vegetables and soil; certifies export shipments for requirements of country of destination.

3. Inspects bees and hives to assure registration and freedom of apiary diseases and insect pests.

4. Draws official samples and certifies seed; inspects for noxious weed seeds; makes pest control surveys for insects and diseases; places and services fly traps.

5. Issues standardized violation notices, disposal orders, stop sale orders and warnings, as necessary, in order to insure proper compliance with federal, state and local laws; compiles daily summary sheets of lots and packages inspected.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires a good knowledge of: federal, state and local codes relating to agricultural inspection, including methods of control or eradication of rodents, pests, animals, and noxious weeds, methods of testing and controlling plant pests and diseases.

Requires ability to: interpret and explain agriculture laws and regulations; work effectively with merchants, farmers, wholesalers and the general public; keep records; follow written and oral instructions.

Experience and Training

Requires completion of two years of agricultural college, supplemented by at least two years of practical experience in plant quarantine, pest control and distribution or inspection of wholesale lots of fruits, nuts, honey, eggs, nursery stock, vegetables or other agriculture products; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

License or Certificate

Requires possession of: a valid certificate of eligibility as an agricultural inspector in plant quarantine and/or fruit, nut, vegetable, egg and honey standardization and poultry and rabbit meat inspection as issued by the State Department of Agriculture; a valid State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 3450; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 1/1/1900;