Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector III
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
FILING DATES: 08/16/2018 - Until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
EXAM #: V0011F
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job Opportunity
JOB TYPE: Permanent
Acts as a senior or lead person and participates in the inspection and enforcement of Federal, State, local agricultural, weights and measures, fire, health and safety laws, regulations, ordinances and policies for protection of such constituent groups as consumers, agriculture, and industry.
Positions allocable to this class are characterized by their responsibility for performing senior and lead level assignments and/or the more difficult and complex inspection and enforcement assignments. Incumbents receive administrative and technical direction from a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer. Incumbents of these positions act as the on-site lead inspector, enforce safety practices and procedures, and instruct in methods for the expedient and accurate accomplishment of either agricultural or weights and measures inspections. Positions in this class monitor the quantity of inspections conducted by lower level inspectors or associates and make recommendations to management on the preparation of performance evaluations and probationary reports for these employees. These positions may act as a field working supervisor over agricultural inspection, weights and measures, or weed abatement functions by providing training and orientation to employees, establishing job deadlines and maintaining assignment logs. Incumbents in this class possess a high degree of proficiency, knowledge and expertise in Federal, State and local laws related to departmental programs. Positions in this perform tasks such as bending, stooping, and lifting objects over 25 lbs in the performance of their duties. Some positions may be required to drive and operate large scale inspection vehicles, operate cranes with 250 lbs or more test weights, and/or operate other large vehicles or equipment.
Essential Job Functions
Supervises inspectors and workers by performing a full range of tasks (e.g., advising, motivating, training, supporting, coaching, mentoring, and disciplining employees); delegating assignments to the appropriate staff member(s); monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating staff performance; participating in various human resources-related processes, such as interviewing, employee relations investigations and discipline; and enforcing safety practices and procedures to ensure that services are delivered in a safe, timely, efficient, and effective manner and support the Department in meeting its goals.
Performs complex and sensitive field inspections of commercially used measuring and weighing devices, sale prices, petroleum products, produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods by driving a vehicle to various inspection sites (e.g., retail businesses, gas stations, parcel distributors, contract cities, personal residences, agricultural fields, wholesale packing and distributing companies, mobile home parks, weighmasters, etc.); using appropriate tools and equipment (e.g., pesticide air testing devices, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, certified standards, etc.); lifting items, kneeling, crouching, twisting, and climbing for extended periods of time; applying advanced technical knowledge and pertinent rules and regulations; exercising the utmost care and safety in the performance of duties; issuing certificates of inspection, notifications, and violations; and calculating and collecting fees from clients (e.g., regulated industries and the public) for services and materials provided in order to verify compliance and enforce conformance to agricultural/weights and measures regulatory standards.
Leads investigations related to complaints or prosecution for criminal violations and civil actions (e.g., misuse of pesticides, short weight or measure, packaging and labeling fraud, price accuracy, etc.) by participating in and/or directing the evidence gathering activities of subordinate inspectors, collecting and preserving the evidence, compiling relevant information, preparing technical aspects of cases for the prosecution staff, and serving as an expert witness in judicial or administrative proceedings in order to accurately represent the findings and conclusions determined by the regulatory agencies (e.g., Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures, District and City Attorneys, etc.), ensure compliance, and enforce conformance to agricultural/weights and measures regulatory standards.
Participates in and conducts continuous surveys (e.g., special State and Federal inspection surveys, pest detection surveys, agricultural surveys, price accuracy surveys, petroleum audit surveys, etc.) by collecting commodity samples for testing; collecting insects, weeds, plants, and diseases; assisting in nuisance abatement or pest control; and gathering compliance data in order to gather various types of statistical information necessary to complete monthly and annual reports and to determine compliance rates.
Prepares a variety of documents (e.g., standardized forms, letters, technical reports, correspondence, memoranda or emails) by using a personal computer and appropriate applications/databases (e.g., Federal, State, and departmental databases) or by manually completing standard forms (consisting of narratives, computations, fill-in blanks, and/or checkmark boxes) in order to facilitate accurate and effective information flow and document information in accordance with the provisions of the department.
Acts as a liaison between the department and contract cities, government officials, enforcement and regulatory agencies, businesses, clients, the public, other departments, and agencies by serving as the initial point of contact within the department; presenting information at specialized seminars; attending meetings; coordinating activities; participating in special projects involving education and public outreach to the general public and the regulated community, and representing the department in a positive and professional manner in order to provide technical guidance, achieve mutual understanding or unity of effort among groups, and cultivate and strengthen positive relationships.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines in agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics, including the completion of approved college level courses in both Botany and Entomology -AND- either:
Option I: Two years of full-time experience* at the level of an Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector II in the service of the County of Los Angeles.
Option II: Four years of full-time experience* performing weights and measures inspection, calibration, and related functions.
Option III: Four years of full-time experience* performing agricultural inspection and enforcement, and/or weed abatement functions.
A valid California State license for Weights and Measures Inspection in all categories -AND- valid California State licenses for Agricultural Inspection in all categories. Some positions may be required to obtain and hold a Qualified Applicator Certificate for restricted use pesticides.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Some positions may be required to hold a Class A or Class B license.
License Information: Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.
PHYSICAL CLASS: 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 transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing.
* Experience in inspection and enforcement must be within a public jurisdiction.
An Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector II performs inspections and investigations to enforce Federal, State and local agricultural, weights and measures, fire, health and safety laws, regulations, ordinances and policies for the protection of such constituent groups as consumers, agriculture, and industry.
This examination will consist of a written test weighted 100% that contains both paper-and-pencil and computerized components covering written expression, reading comprehension, data analysis and decision-making, thinking, administrative, leadership, motivation, individual work orientation, collective work orientation, interpersonal, self-management, and professional/technical expertise.
Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test in order to be placed on the eligible register.
THE WRITTEN TEST IS 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 for the 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 you may not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.
Please Note: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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 http://hr.lacounty.gov/. 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 http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html. While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (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 a twelve (12) month period.
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout Los Angeles County 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:
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, and description of work performed. All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination process.
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.
Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
We must receive your application and job specific questionnaire by 5:00 pm, PST, 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.
Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.
In order to receive credit for the required degree/coursework, certification, and/or license, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization, and/or a legible copy of the official certificate and/or license at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days from the date of filing application.
NOTE: If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to (626) 652-0740 or email them to Cynthia Simuta firstname.lastname@example.org within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application will be rejected. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on all the faxed documents.
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC 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.
NO SHARING OF USER ID, E-MAIL AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application 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.
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