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Agricultural & Standards Inspector Trainee/I/II

VISALIA, CA Full-time
Posted on June 26, 2018

Vacancies with the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer's Office in Tulare. This recruitment will establish an employment  list to fill current and future vacancies.  The anticipated life of the list is six months. Weekend and/or overtime work may be required. Positions may work in locations other than the Tulare Ag complex.

Trainee:  $2,907 - $3,543 Monthly*
Level I:    $3,272 - $3,988 Monthly*
Level II:   $3,613 - $4,404 Monthly*

*Positions to receive a 2% Cost-of-Living salary increase effective 7/8/18

The Trainee performs basic duties stated below under close supervision. As incumbents acquire the appropriate licenses and experience, responsibilities and complexity of assignments increase and employees may be expected to promote to the Inspector I, II and III levels. Duties: Conduct field surveys and inspections in areas applicable to the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer's Department, including fruit, vegetable and egg quality control, nursery compliance, pest and disease control, pesticide safety, weighing and measuring devices, quality control of packaged commodities, electric meters and liquid petroleum gas; conduct phytosanitary (export) inspections and issue certifications; investigate and determine agriculture commodity fitness; issue certificates of compliance or notices of noncompliance; disseminate agricultural and weights and measures policies and information; conduct studies including crop statistics and statistical sampling surveys; prepare reports and correspondence; testify in court when necessary. Note:  An Agricultural and Standards Inspector Trainee is expected to obtain at least one (1) specific Category Inspection License within a year from the date of hire.

Education and Experience Requirements – Trainee: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in agricultural, biological, chemical, physical sciences or other appropriate disciplines as determined by the Secretary of the State of California Department of Food and Agriculture *.  State and Federal inspection licenses/certificates are NOT a substitution for a Bachelor's degree.  Level I: In addition to the necessary employment requirements for a Trainee, must possess one(1) valid State of California Agricultural Inspection License and have one(1) year experience in the inspection and enforcement of weights and measures and agricultural laws and codes for enforcement purposes,. Level II: In addition to the necessary employment standards for a Level I,  the Level II must  possess  three (3) valid State of California Specific Category Licenses, of which two (2) must be in agricultural inspection and one (1) in weights and measures inspection and two(2) years experience in agricultural/weights and measures inspecting, weights and measures and agricultural laws and codes.
Knowledge of - Math sufficient to record monies received, calculate packaging errors, use sampling techniques, read and calibrate measurement instruments, and convert mass, volume, and length measurements; general principles regarding plant growth and development; insect, animal, and disease vectors and their control; in general, types of crops grown and farming methods practiced in Tulare County.
Skill/Ability to - Read, interpret and apply provisions of laws and regulations in technical material such as federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances; prepare clear, concise and grammatically correct reports and correspondence; research information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations or decisions; communicate effectively with the public, co-workers and industry people; organize and prioritize work activities; follow oral and written instructions; adjust to changes in workloads and assignments and work under stress of meeting deadlines; maintain and service equipment; operate County vehicles; may lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds; walk long distances over irregular terrain; engage in physical labor involving stooping and squatting.

Conditions of Employment: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Candidates selected may be required to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Additionally, a background investigation may also be conducted. Some job classes may also require a physical exam.

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