Senior Registered Dairy Inspector (#RA0501)
$36.93-$44.89 Hourly / $6,401.61-$7,781.20 Monthly / $76,819.37-$93,374.43 Yearly


Under direction, performs the more difficult and complex investigations and inspections of milk processing plants and dairy farms to determine environmental health and sanitary problems and enforces related regulations; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Registered Dairy Inspector series. Employees in this class perform investigations and inspections and provide enforcement and consultation for the full range of environmental health and sanitation laws and regulations relating to the area of milk products, processing and production. They perform the work of a more complex or technical nature and may assist in supervising and training assigned staff.


  • Performs investigations and inspections to determine environmental health and sanitation problems; inspects sanitary conditions of buildings, equipment and personnel in milk processing plants; determines and enforces compliance with appropriate Federal, State and local laws and regulations; may handle more comprehensive and complex assignments, or those presenting special or unique difficulties and calling for individual actions.
  • Inspects dairies and dairy farms to determine conformance with sanitary regulations; observes general health of dairy animals; instructs personnel in general sanitation and care and maintenance of dairy equipment and methods and regulations to maintain safe milk supply and procedures.
  • Consults with dairy managers regarding sanitary procedures, problems with staff and building and equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Collects samples of milk and milk by-products; conducts tests and obtains laboratory analysis; interprets results and advises and assists in resolution of violations and unsanitary conditions.
  • Enforces regulations and gathers information and evidence for possible legal actions; may assist in preparing legal cases.
  • Inspects dairy installations for rodent and insect infestation; takes corrective action and instructs managers and staff in control methods.
  • Maintains records concerning investigations, inspections and research results; prepares appropriate reports and correspondence.
  • Performs surveys and collects data.
  • May assist in the supervision and training of assigned staff.


Education:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college with specialization in studies related to dairy farming milk and milk products, foods science or a closely related field.
Experience:  18 months of responsible experience performing the duties of a Registered Dairy Inspector in a California Public Health Agency.

Registration:  Possession of a certificate as a Registered Dairy Inspector issued by the State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture.

License:  Possession of a valid California class C driver's license.

Substitution:  A Master's Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Public Health, Environmental Health Studies, Public Administration, or a closely related field can substitute for six months of the required experience.


Principles, practices and equipment used in the production, handling and processing of milk and various dairy products; Federal, State and local laws and ordinances relating to the dairy industry; principles of biology, animal husbandry, chemistry, physics and entomology; basic laboratory and research principles and practices in evaluating dairy conditions and products; safety practices of the field; language mechanics; basic principles of public relations.


Make technical investigations and inspections and take appropriate corrective and enforcement actions; express self effectively orally and in writing; perform technical research and testing and evaluate and documents result; establish and maintain effective working relations with a wide variety of workers, business persons and governmental officials.


Mobility-Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending/squatting, driving and stair climbing; occasional standing for long periods; Lifting-Occasional lifting of 30 to 70 pounds, restraining, lifting, turning of heavy objects or people; Vision-Frequent reading and close up work; constant use of overall vision, color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent necessity to hear faint sounds; constant necessity to hear normal speech, hearing and talking on the telephone and radio, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Constant exposure to emergency situations, public contact, decision making, concentration, occasional working alone and working nights and weekends; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold and heat.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RA0501; EST: 9/25/2002;