Deputy Agricultural Commissioner

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on November 23, 2022
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Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include successful completion of course work necessary to acquire a state-wide Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner's License and one year of full-time paid experience in a position comparable to Senior Agriculture/Weights and Measures Inspector.

Licenses: Possession of a valid license as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner issued by the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Possession of an Authorized Certification Official (ACO) certificate or must obtain within 6 months of appointment.

Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a valid license as a County Agricultural Commissioner and possession of all County Weights and Measures Inspector licenses.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge of: complex mathematics and statistics; principles of physical science; principles of botany, entomology, plant pathology, and related laboratory techniques; Federal, State, and local regulations, laws and procedures in the functional area of agricultural inspection and enforcement; and rules of evidence, investigative, and enforcement principles and techniques, and civil penalty procedures.

Working knowledge of: supervising principles and techniques (including progressive discipline, coaching, performance evaluations and all other aspects of supervision); effective written and oral communication techniques, including language mechanics and syntax; common office technology and software (including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and others);  databases and other software products used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the County of Sonoma to carry out regulatory programs.

Ability to: train and lead staff in inspection and enforcement duties; effectively supervise the work of full-time, and seasonal staff; offer technical assistance and direction to subordinates; monitor fiscal expenditures to ensure adherence to budget; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; follow oral and written instructions; analyze situations accurately and recommend appropriate action; communicate tactfully and effectively with the public, co-workers, consumers, and industry representatives to provide information or obtain compliance with enforcement actions; speak effectively before various groups; perform mathematical computations and analyze data; read, understand, and interpret technical material including laws, codes, and regulations; collect and organize field information, write clear and concise reports and maintain records; effectively use technology, databases, and other software used to carry out regulatory programs; conduct a wide range of agricultural and hazardous material inspections; and properly use and maintain department equipment.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.