DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
June 27, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
Under direct supervision, performs inspections and enforcement activities related to Federal, State and local agricultural and/or weights and measures laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies for consumer and agricultural industry protection.
Positions allocable to this class perform inspection and enforcement activities under direct supervision and may assist higher level inspectors with more difficult or complex tasks. Incumbents have completed initial agricultural and weights and measures inspection cross training at an associate level, and are expected to exercise a knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances regulating the use of pesticides, quarantine, standardization, scales, meters and the labeling and packaging of consumer products. All positions must have knowledge of field sampling techniques, interpersonal skills including negotiation and persuasion, the ability to communicate applicable codes and explain violations, and basic investigative and interviewing skills. Incumbents are required to demonstrate and exercise a progressively increasing knowledge of inspection techniques and functions and may be required to rotate through any of the various departmental assignments prior to completion of a one-year probationary period.Positions in this class perform tasks such as bending, stooping, and lifting objects over 25pounds in the performance of their duties.
Essential Job Functions
Gathers and compiles information and prepares reports, issues citations or violations and collects appropriate fees; interprets and enforces government acts and regulations and explain required standards to customers; warns violators of infractions or penalties; maintains records and prepares reports on inspections, pest control activities and related matters; uses a variety of hand-held or other equipment such as, but not limited to, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, hydrometers and laptop ortablet computers; receives and provides training in the safe and effective use of various tools and equipment utilized in any inspection, investigation or enforcement activities that may be assigned; responds to inquiries and complaints from other agencies and the public; collects samples from animals, plants, or products and route them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, ingredient verification, or other testing; visits establishments to verify that valid licenses, penalty notices, or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld; inspects produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods weighing 25 pounds or more; inspects shipments for compliance with labeling, weighing and measuring codes, issues inspection certificates; uses a variety of mathematical formulae, including algebra; may act as a witness in administrative, criminal and civil cases; evaluates applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues; advises licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing and permit regulations; monitors pesticide use by commercial applicators including types of pesticides used and application techniques; reports law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies; inspects orchards, farms, nurseries, mills, apiaries, and plant shipments for agricultural pests and diseases and ensures adequate plant pest quarantine measures are taken; inspects and enforces agricultural product standards for fruits, vegetables, and eggs; inspects, tests, seals or condemns weighing and measuring devices used in commercial transactions; performs test purchases or sales to verify accurate weight or measure;confers with or interviews officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions; prepares correspondence to inform concerned parties of licensing decisions or appeals processes; directs or monitors the quarantine and treatment or destruction of plants or plant products.
ABachelor's degree from an accredited* college or universitywith specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines inagricultural science,biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics, including the completion of at least one college level course in the field of Botany or Entomology** -AND-
One year of paid, full-time work experience performing agricultural or weights and measures inspection functions for a public jurisdiction. Any remaining requiredBotanyorEntomologycoursemust be completed within one year from the time of appointment.***
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in any discipline with a minimum of 30 semester units, or equivalent, in one or any combination of the following disciplines: agricultural science,biologicalscience, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics** -AND-
One year of paid, full-time work experience performing agricultural or weights and measures inspections for a public jurisdiction.
One yearofpaid, full-time work experienceas anAssociate Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector**** in the service of the County of Los Angeles -AND-
The successful completion of at least one college level course in the field of Botany or Entomology**. Any remaining required Botany or Entomology course must be completed within one year from the time of appointment.***
One valid State of California Weightsand Measures license in either Weight Verification or
Measurement Verification -AND-
One Agricultural license in Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation -AND-
A valid California Class C Driver Licenseis required to perform job-related essential functions.
All successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment . License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
PHYSICAL CLASS IV -
Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.
**In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, you must
include a legible copy of the official college or university degree -AND-
transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing.
***Successful completion of the probationary periodincludes completionof the remaining required course work in the field of Botany -OR-
Entomology. Failure to provide successful completion of the required course work prior to the end of the probationary periodwill result inbeing released from the position of Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I.
****To qualify, applicantsmusthave County status in the class, as evidenced by holding or have held such payroll title. NO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE, VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE LETTER (VOEL), AND WITHHOLD WILL BE ACCEPTED.
This examination will consist of a written test weighted 100% that consists of both computerized and paper-and-pencil components covering Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, Data Analysis and Decision-Making, Office Practices and Procedures, Customer Service, Achievement Orientation, Dependability, Customer Service Potential, Customer Focus, Conscientiousness,Retention, and Professional/Technical Expertise.
Applicants must meet theSelection Requirements andachieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test in order to be placed on the eligible register.
THE WRITTEN TESTIS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
TRANSFER OF SCORES:
Applicants that have taken identical written test part(s) for other exams within the last 12 months, will have their written test responses forthe identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.
This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your scores will be transferred to the new examination and youmay not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.
Invitation letters to the written test may be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid email address. Please add **** , **** , and **** to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.
Final results will be sent by U.S. mail. Written test scores cannot be given over the phone.
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at ****. Please click on Find a Job and then Job Search Toolkit. Test Preparation information is located under the Employment Test Assistance section.
You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to ****. While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.
The names ofcandidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligibleregister in the order of their score group for a period oftwelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. Applications will be processed on an as-received basis. No person may compete for this examination more than once in atwelve (12) month period.
FINGERPRINTING AND SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Before a final appointment is made to this position, candidates are subject to security clearance which includes fingerprinting. An individual may be withheld from appointment, if he/she has a conviction record incompatible with the essential duties of the position for which he/she has applied. Any false statement or omission of material fact may cause forfeiture of employment rights. Information presented on employment applications, resumes and during the examination process is subject to verification. Disqualifying factors may include but are not limited to: felony convictions, certain job-related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (e.g. 4 or more moving violations within the past 2 years, failure to appear, at-fault accidents, and driving under the influence), illegal use of certain controlled substances and/or poor employment history.
The resulting eligibleregisterfor this examination will be usedto fillvacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends,and holidays.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnairecompletely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
The acceptance of your application will depend on whether you have clearly
shown that you meet the Selection Requirements
. Please be sure your application shows complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits earned. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. All information is subject to verification.We may reject your application at any time during the examinationprocess.
Apply online by clicking on the Apply tab for this posting. We encourage you to apply online so you can track the status of your application and get notified of your progress by email.
We must receive your application and Job Specific Questionnaireby 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time, on the last day of filing.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL
be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doingso may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION
and you may be DISQUALIFIED
If you are unable to attach required documents, you must **** or email them to Tanya Marchese at **** within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application willbe rejected. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on allthe faxed documents.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.
NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
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