Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I/II
Position Description FINAL FILING DATE: June 30, 2020
Priority Screen Date: June 1, 2020
All application material must be received by the priority screening date of June 1, 2020 for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as-needed basis until the positions are filled.
The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office acts as the local enforcement agency for specific laws and regulations pertaining to agriculture and business. Major areas of responsibility and jurisdiction include: pesticide use enforcement, plant quarantine, pest exclusion, pest detection, fruit and vegetable standardization, nursery, seed, and weights and measures enforcement.
THE POSITION An Agricultural Inspector/Biologist position is currently available within the Agricultural Commissioner's Office. Depending upon the specific assignment, this position performs a variety of agricultural inspections and enforces provisions of codes, regulations, and ordinances under the jurisdiction of the County Agricultural Commissioner. The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.
This is a flexibly staffed series. Appointment may be made at either the I or II level based on qualifications. Incumbents appointed may be promoted up to the Agricultural Inspector/Biologist III without further competition subject to meeting the employment standards and licensing requirements and in accordance with the Flexible Staffing Programs and Guidelines.
Examples of Duties SIGNIFICANT DUTIES Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I
- Enforces pesticide use laws and regulations, issues restricted material permits and monitors usage. Monitors and inspects pesticide use by pest control businesses, private applicators, government, and commercial applicators for compliance; analyzes compliance history and recommends appropriate actions.
- Under supervision, investigates a variety of less complex incidents such as pesticide related complaints, illnesses, reports of loss, environmental effects, plant quarantine violations; gathers samples and evidence, and prepares investigative reports; reviews and evaluates evidence to ascertain if a violation has occurred and recommends appropriate action including potential fines.
- Issues compliance actions such as notices of violation, cease and desist orders, and letters of warning, participates m documented compliance interviews and follows up to ensure compliance.
- Assists in complex investigations and in the preparation of case files for enforcement actions such as Agricultural Civil Penalties, or civil/criminal actions with the District Attorney; may testify as a witness.
- Inspects and samples plant material, fruits, vegetables, seed, feed grain and other agricultural commodities in growing areas, the field and markets, packing houses, mills, rail cars and storage areas for compliance with laws and regulations. Inspects plants and plant materials at wholesale and retail nurseries, and those arriving and shipped by private or common carrier, for evidence of disease, pests, noxious weed seeds and proper certification.
- Under supervision, evaluates restricted use pesticide permit applications; identifies hazards, sensitive sites, determines likelihood of adverse impacts and conditions permit with feasible mitigation measures; prepares and issues permits; monitors applications for consistency with permit and use requirements.
- Assists in the preparation and delivery of continuing education for permitees and pest control licenses. May create informational documents and make oral presentations to the public.
- Assists in the rodent control program through the storing and sale of vertebrate pest control materials.
- Assists the public in person or by telephone; conducts research related to department services, programs and records.
- Collects statistical data for use in preparing the Annual Crop Report and other agricultural report purposes. Compiles data and prepare various reports; keeps records of inspections and pest surveys.
- Establishes and maintains working effective relationships with customers (public, growers, schools, media, etc.).
- Conducts field worker safety inspections, employer records audits, and employee safety record audits.
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist II
- Independently investigates a variety of incidents such as pesticide related complaints, illnesses, reports of loss, environmental effects, plant quarantine violations; gathers samples and evidence, and prepares investigative reports; reviews and evaluates evidence to ascertain if a violation has occurred and recommends appropriate action including potential fines.
- Prepares case files for enforcement actions such as Agricultural Civil Penalties, or civil/criminal actions with the District Attorney; may testify as a witness.
- Prepares and delivers continuing education for private and commercial applicators and pest control licensees and makes oral presentations.
- Independently evaluates restricted use pesticide permit applications; identifies hazards, sensitive sites, determine likelihood of adverse impacts and conditions permit with feasible mitigation measures; prepares and issues permits; monitors applications for consistency with permit and use requirements.
- Issues quarantine certificates of compliance, and notice of violation, origin certificates, and phytosanitary certificates and hold orders.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with customers such as the public, growers, media, schools, etc
- Identifies potential environmental and human effects hazards during inspections and investigations.
- Conducts field worker safety inspections and employee safety record audits; performs Pest Control Advisor audits and Pest Control Business audits.
- Evaluates businesses for compliance with laws and regulations as part of certification programs such as organic certification or food safety.
Visit the Monterey County Website to view the complete job description: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/human-resources/human-resources/class-specifications
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I
Skill and Ability to: Learn to interpret and apply provisions of the Food and Agricultural Code; enforce standards, laws, and regulations; deal tactfully and effectively with the public and others contacted in the course of work; provide excellent and courteous customer service; establish and maintain effective communication in enforcement situations that may be difficult or tense; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; prepare and maintain reports and accurate records of inspections; read and interpret maps, graphs and charts; learn to analyze situations and make decisions on routine enforcement problems in accordance with departmental policies and procedures; and apply basic computer skills and techniques in order to use common office programs and specialized programs.
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist II: In addition to Level I
Some Knowledge of: Plant and insect identification; integrated pest management; and commodity regulation.
Working Knowledge of: California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations, Business and Professions Code, export plant quarantine requirements, County Ordinances and other County, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to County agricultural operations; the Pesticide Use Enforcement Program; and the Plant Quarantine Program.
Skill and Ability to: Interpret, apply, and enforce provisions of the Food and Agricultural Code and agricultural standards, laws and regulations; speak in public before large and small groups; and analyze situations and make decisions on routine enforcement problems in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
Bilingual/Bicultural skills (English/Spanish) are highly desirable.
Examples of Experience/Education/Training MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I:
Pursuant to the Food and Agricultural Code of California, the following education or licensure is required:
Possession of one or more valid statewide specific category licenses as a County Agricultural Inspector/Biologist;
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college with a specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines in agricultural, biological, chemical, or physical sciences;
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college in any discipline with a minimum of 30 semester units, or equivalent, in one or any combination of the following disciplines: (1) Agricultural Science, (2) Biological Science, (3) Chemical Science, (4) Physical Science, (5) Mathematics, (6) Statistics.
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist II:
Must possess the following core licenses : Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation, Pesticide Regulation, and Investigation and Environmental Monitoring.
Additional Information CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
All Levels: Obtain required core licenses during employment in accordance with class specification; be available to work weekends, holidays, and evenings when assigned or in emergency situations; possess and maintain a good driving record and good driving habits; adhere to related federal, state and local safety laws, regulations, and ordinances; travel and work throughout Monterey County; and wear and use proper safety clothing and equipment. Must possess a valid California class C driver's license and pass a pre-employment physical examination.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS
Lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds; ability to sit and work at a computer terminal for approximately 7 hours a day; walk approximately 2 hours per day; see, hear, speak, and possess physical dexterity sufficient to function in a typical office environment. Perform tasks outdoors or work on uneven ground, slippery surfaces or come in contact with water, in environments subject to sudden changes in temperature, in extremely noisy environments, at elevations above ground level, in confined or extremely small workspaces, requiring visual color discrimination or depth perception, and in adverse weather conditions. Physical effort such as lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching, coordinated skillful movements of hands and arms, and drive a personal or County vehicle. Ability to distinguish and identify sounds and voices in a noisy environment, detect odors and aromas, project a voice that can be heard over loud noises, and be conscious of or perceive objects or their qualities. May come in contact with a variety of toxic elements or irritants, moving objects, non-ionizing radiation and hand/power tools.
Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "J" Unit Benefits Summary please visit our website, This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.
As a condition of employment, prospective employees will be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of criminal conviction. Employees must have and show their Social Security Card on the first day of work. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary. For Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I: Veterans and their widows/ers who within the past five years have served on active duty for 30 or more days in a 1) national or State military emergency or 2) military expedition for which a medal was authorized, may be eligible for Veterans' Preference Points. To apply, veterans must submit an "Application for Veterans' Preference" with their application materials by the final filing date.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES
The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if any changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. The required application materials are as follows:
- The Monterey County Employment Application Form
- Response to the Supplemental Questions
- Copy of Diploma and/or Transcripts showing graduation from an accredited four-year college as described in the required Licenses/Certification section of the minimum qualifications.
Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Agricultural Commissioner's Office
1428 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 759-7321
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All application materials must be received by the priority screening date (06/01/2020) for a guaranteed review . Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the positions are filled. The final filing date for this recruitment is June 30, 2020.
Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, or other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials. Failure to provide a complete response, leaving a response blank, or responding "see resume" will eliminate you from further consideration. Your detailed response to the supplemental questions is an integral part of the selection process.
The required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be the most highly qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, this process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.
Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call Human Resources at (831) 759-7321.
Closing Date/Time: 6/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific