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Senior Agricultural /Weights & Measures Inspector

County Of Sonoma
Kenwood, California, US
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

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Position InformationJoin the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures as a Senior Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector! Starting salary up to $50.83/hour ($106,088/year) and a competitive total compensation package!*Join Our TeamSenior Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspectors protect the agricultural industries of the County, safeguard the environment, and protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and the public. Because this is the senior level, this position may be the lead worker or subject matter expert for department programs. As a lead worker, this position works very closely with their supervisor, providing feedback on staff performance and providing input on work efficiencies . These inspectors provide services and inspections to ensure the compliance of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Additional responsibilities will include:Conducting complex field inspections, investigations and writing reportsEnforcing regulations and assisting with compliance and enforcement actionsResponding to complaints and inquiries by the industry and the publicMentoring and training staffGiving public speeches and presentationsThe ideal candidate will be both a team player and be capable of working independently. They will also possess:Excellent written and verbal communication skillsBasic Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook skillsExperience working in a regulatory environmentStrong interpersonal skills to tactfully deal with enforcement matters, and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, stakeholders and partner agenciesThe ability to work in a fast-paced environment Experience interpreting and applying agriculture-related laws and regulationWhat We OfferWorking at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:Salary Advancement - A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary rangePaid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per yearCounty Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan optionsStaff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunitiesPost-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefitsRetirement - A pension fully integrated with Social SecurityPaid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employmentStudent Loan Debt Relief - County employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the U.S. Department of Education*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory.This recruitment is being conducted to fill a full-time Senior Agriculture/Weights & Measures Inspector position in the Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.Minimum QualificationsEducation and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include three years of experience in the enforcement of weights and measures or agricultural laws and regulations.License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position. If assigned to weights and measures inspection, possession of a valid Class A California driver's license and Tank Vehicle Endorsement are required within one year of appointment to this class.Other Licenses: Possession of five licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in Pest Prevention & Plant Regulation; Pesticide Regulation; Environmental Monitoring and Investigation; Commodity Regulation; Integrated Pest Management; Weight Verification; Measurement Verification; and Transaction and Product Verification.ORPossession of three licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in Pest Prevention & Plant Regulation; Pesticide Regulation; Environmental Monitoring and Investigation; Commodity Regulation; Integrated Pest Management.Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesKnowledge of : complex mathematics; principles of physical science; principles of botany, entomology, plant pathology, physical science, chemistry, and related laboratory techniques; investigative and interview techniques; principles of identification, preservation, and presentation of evidence; techniques of case management, record keeping, and report preparation; principles of electric meter and LPG testing procedures; Federal, State and local regulations, laws and procedures in the functional area of agricultural, weights and measures, hazardous material and fire safety inspection and enforcement; the agricultural industry of Sonoma County; principles of sanitation when handling and testing food products; universal pricing code look up systems; data processing equipment and systems; county quarantine protocols; integrated pest management and prevention; safety principles and equipment used for handling chemicals and responding to hazardous materials incidents; general law enforcement powers and obligations of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures; and rules of evidence, investigative techniques, and enforcement and court procedures.Ability to : perform mathematical computations; read, understand, interpret, explain, and enforce laws, codes, and regulations; read, understand, and interpret technical information and lab analyses; collect and organize field information, write clear and concise reports and maintain records; draw accurate maps of field location; conduct a wide range of agricultural, hazardous material, and fire safety, and/or weights and measures inspection and enforcement functions; gather information and data through interviewing individuals and conducting investigations; offer technical assistance and direction to other staff; use and maintain department equipment including sensitive weighing and measuring devices; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; work with uncooperative and potentially hostile individuals; follow oral and written instructions; analyze situations accurately and recommend appropriate action; communicate tactfully and effectively with the public, co-workers, consumers and industry representatives to provide information or obtain compliance with enforcement actions; safely handle hazardous materials such as herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, gasoline, and propane; maintain situational awareness while confidently approaching unknown environments with changing circumstances; use common office technology and software, databases, and other software products used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the County of Sonoma to carry out regulatory programs; lift and carry 50 pound objects or containers for short distances; operate a heavy weight truck for some assignments; and train and lead staff in inspection and enforcement duties.Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When ApplyingYour application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, 'See Resume' or 'See Application' may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination which evaluates the education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, and other qualifications that you demonstrate in your application and/or response to the supplemental questionnaire. Please be aware that resumes and cover letters are not typically evaluated in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONA background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.HOW TO APPLYApplications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.HR Analyst: CAHR Technician: RR#J-18808-Ljbffr
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