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Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures at County of Lake - 14208

Job Title: 
Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures
County of Lake
255 N. Forbes Street
95453 Lakeport , CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER - SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

DEFINITION
Under policy direction, plans, organizes, manages, and directs the Countywide programs, as well as the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances related to the functions of the County Agricultural Commissioner, Sealer of Weights and Measures; regulates the use of pesticides, standardization, scales, and pest prevention; provides support to the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer; and performs related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The Agricultural Commissioner - Sealer of Weights and Measures is an official appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The incumbent serves as the department head for the Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures and is responsible for the administration of the County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures functions.

This is a discrete classification. The incumbent in this management position serves at the pleasure of his/her appointing authority, which means the employment relationship is at-will, and that the County of Lake or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time, with or without cause.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives policy direction from the County Administrative Officer on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. Exercises general direction and supervision over professional, technical, administrative support, and extra help staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the scope of duties performed by employees in this class and are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Assumes full management responsibility for all programs, services, and activities of the Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures, based on policy direction provided by the Board of Supervisors, federal requirements, and state regulations and policies.
Develops and implements the department’s goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; and exercises accountability for the department and related decisions.
Creates performance and development plans for direct reports, conducts periodic discussions about progress, prepares written performance evaluations; makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions.
Plans, organizes, administers, reviews, and evaluates the work of department staff through subordinate managers.
Prepares and administers the department’s budgets and manages the fiscal expenditures and revenues.
Plans, coordinates, directs, and oversees the County's inspection and enforcement programs that come under the jurisdiction of the County Agricultural Commissioner and the County Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Serves as the subject matter expert for the department, overseeing, reviewing, analyzing, and providing recommendations regarding agriculture or weights and measures issues.
Serves as the financial and/or County administrator for the wildlife services program and the fish and wildlife advisory committee.
Interprets and enforces federal, state, and, local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances related to the functions of the County Agricultural Commissioner, Sealer of Weights and Measures, and regulates the use of pesticides, standardization, scales, and pest prevention.
Represents the department and serves as the liaison to the public, community organizations, and other government agencies; attends regional and state meetings; provides information and delivers presentations as needed.
Prepares, reviews, complies, and analyzes complex technical reports, inspection reports, contracts, certifications, public records requests, statistical data, evidence, and other documents.
Prepares, conducts, and represents the County in administrative hearings.
Performs special assignments for the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer.
Performs related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of public administration, organization, management analysis, supervision, personnel management, employee relations, training, and organizational development.
Federal, state, and, local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures related to the functions of the Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures, and regulating the use of pesticides, standardization, scales, and pest prevention.
Advanced principles, programs, and methods related to the management and operation of agriculture/agricultural inspection, weights and measures/weights, and measures inspection.
Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
Duties and responsibilities of the County Agricultural Commissioner - Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
Principles and practices of leadership.
Principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
Proper inspection methods and procedures.
Methods to identify, treat, and control plant pests and diseases.
Mechanics and operation of scales, gasoline meters, and other weighing and measuring devices.
Proper packaging and identification of commodity contents.
Applicable business equipment, databases, and software applications.
Written and oral communications skills.
Proper English spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software applications) to conduct research, assess information, and/or prepare documentation.
Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction.

Ability to:

Plan, organize, supervise, and administer the functions of the Lake County Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures.
Manage, supervise, train, evaluate, and motivate department staff.
Formulate and implement Countywide inspection and enforcement programs.
Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures, and standards relevant to agricultural and weights and measures regulations.
Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department.
Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the department and the County.
Enforce regulations with firmness and tact.
Oversee the data regarding county crops and agricultural production.
Develop and administer the department budget.
Direct and prepare clear, concise reports.
Effectively represent the department with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies.
Regularly work well under pressure, meeting critical deadlines.
Utilize a computer, relevant software applications, and/or other equipment as assigned.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Utilize a computer, relevant software applications, and/or other equipment as assigned to perform a variety of work tasks.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Licensing and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.

Possession of a valid license as a Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner and a Deputy County Sealer of Weights and Measures issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Possession of a valid license as a County Agricultural Commissioner and County Sealer of Weights and Measures Certification issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physics, mathematics or a closely related field

And

Five (5) years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in agricultural and weights and measures inspection and enforcement work, including two (2) years in a management or supervisory capacity.

Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted.

WORKING CONDITIONS, ADA, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
The County of Lake is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Incumbents generally work partially in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions and partially in the field. As such, incumbents may have occasional exposure to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, and direct exposure to hazardous physical conditions. Incumbents may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Positions in this class typically require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work: Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.

Disaster Service Workers: As members of the County of Lake Emergency Services Organization, all Lake County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to perform certain emergency services at the direction of the department and / or County.

The contents of this class specification shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of Lake assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a “meet and confer” process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the scope of duties performed by employees in this class and are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Assumes full management responsibility for all programs, services, and activities of the Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures, based on policy direction provided by the Board of Supervisors, federal requirements, and state regulations and policies.
Develops and implements the department’s goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; and exercises accountability for the department and related decisions.
Creates performance and development plans for direct reports, conducts periodic discussions about progress, prepares written performance evaluations; makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions.
Plans, organizes, administers, reviews, and evaluates the work of department staff through subordinate managers.
Prepares and administers the department’s budgets and manages the fiscal expenditures and revenues.
Plans, coordinates, directs, and oversees the County's inspection and enforcement programs that come under the jurisdiction of the County Agricultural Commissioner and the County Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Serves as the subject matter expert for the department, overseeing, reviewing, analyzing, and providing recommendations regarding agriculture or weights and measures issues.
Serves as the financial and/or County administrator for the wildlife services program and the fish and wildlife advisory committee.
Interprets and enforces federal, state, and, local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances related to the functions of the County Agricultural Commissioner, Sealer of Weights and Measures, and regulates the use of pesticides, standardization, scales, and pest prevention.
Represents the department and serves as the liaison to the public, community organizations, and other government agencies; attends regional and state meetings; provides information and delivers presentations as needed.
Prepares, reviews, complies, and analyzes complex technical reports, inspection reports, contracts, certifications, public records requests, statistical data, evidence, and other documents.
Prepares, conducts, and represents the County in administrative hearings.
Performs special assignments for the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer.
Performs related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience: 

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physics, mathematics or a closely related field

And

Five (5) years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in agricultural and weights and measures inspection and enforcement work, including two (2) years in a management or supervisory capacity.

Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted.

Application Instructions: 

To be eligible for this position, all applicants will need apply through the Count of Lake Job website at www.lakecountyca.gov/jobs

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture