DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURESFILINGDATES:
11/04/2015 at 7:00 a.m. - Until the needs of theDepartment are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.EXAM NUMBER:
V0009CTYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Departmental Promotional OpportunityTHIS IS A DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION RESTRICTED TO PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR INITIAL PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
Current employees in the unclassified service who meet the following criteria also qualify to participate in this exam: Unclassified employees who have attained permanent County status on a classified position by successful completion of the initial probationary period, with no break in service since leaving the classified service- OR -
Full-time employees in the unclassified service with at least six months of full-time experience in the unclassified service at the time of filing.DEFINITION:
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.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this journey-level class typically report to a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer and may receive technical direction from an Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector III. Incumbents in this class independently perform inspection and enforcement activities, prepare and issue written notices of violation, investigate code violations, analyze information, prepare reports of findings and recommend action. Incumbents are expected to know and exercise a broad knowledge of Federal and State laws and ordinances regulating the use of pesticides, including chemical properties and hazards, plant and pest quarantines, and standardization of scales, meters, and labeling of consumer products. Incumbents may gather evidence and testify as an expert witness in complex administrative, civil or criminal actions. Positions in this classmay be assigned to special departmental projects or programs. Although most assignments are in either agricultural or weights and measures, position assignments may require rotation through any of the various departmental assignments. Positions in this class 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 250pounds or more test weights, and/or operate other large vehicles or equipment.
Essential Job Functions
Prepares and issues written notices of violation; investigates code violations, analyzes information, prepares reports of findings and recommends actions; maintains records and prepares reports on inspections and other related matters; some positions are required to drive and operate County vehicles and machinery such as, but not limited to, large scale inspection vehicles, cranes with 250 pounds or more test weights, and other large vehicles or equipment; responds to inquiries and complaints from other agencies and the public; performs inspections and related duties to enforce standardization, plant pest quarantine, pesticide use and other regulatory requirements; uses a variety of hand-held or other test equipment such as, but not limited to, pesticide air testing devices, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, hydrometers and laptop or tablet computers; receives and applies training in the safe and effective use of various tools and equipment utilized in any of the inspection, investigation or enforcement activities that may be assigned; gathers evidence and testifies as an expert witness in administrative, civil or criminal actions and proceedings; provides technical direction to personnel assigned to assist in inspections and other tasks; issues inspection certificates and collects appropriate fees; inspects orchards, farms, nurseries, mills, apiaries, and plant shipments for agricultural pests and diseases; inspects produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods weighing 25 pounds or more; inspects, tests, seals or condemns weighing and measuring devices used in commercial transactions; inspects and investigates pesticide use applications, storage equipment, worker safety records and pesticide illness complaints; assists weed abatement and integrated pest management inspectors with zone and district operations; performs package and transaction investigations, and makes test purchases or sales to verify accurate weight or measure; inspects electrical and liquid propane gas meters and large capacity scales; advises growers, nurserymen and others on pest control methods and related subjects; uses a variety of mathematical formulas, including algebra; and inspects shipments for compliance with labeling, weighing and measuring codes.
Requirements SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
A Bachelor's degreefrom an accredited* college or universitywith specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines inagricultural science,biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics,including the completion of college level courses in both Botany and Entomology** -AND-
Two yearsofpaid work experience*** at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I.****OPTION II:
Two yearsofpaid work experience*** performing weights and measures inspection, calibration and related functions.OPTION III:
Two yearsofpaid work experience*** performing agricultural inspection and enforcement.LICENSE:
Two valid State of California weights and measures licenses covering Weight Verification and Measurement Verification** -AND-
Three agricultural licenses covering Commodity Regulation, Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation, and Pesticide Regulation** -AND-
A valid California Class C Driver License is requiredto perform job-related essential functions. Some positions may require a Class A or Class B license.License Information:
All successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.PHYSICAL CLASS IV
- 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, and two-year colleges (i.e. community or junior colleges) 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 with a public jurisdiction.
****At the level of an Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I is defined as performing inspection and enforcement activities under direct supervision and may assist higher level inspectors with more difficult or complex tasks. Incumbents have completed initial agricultural and weights and measures inspection cross training at an associate level, and are expected to exercise a knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances regulating the use of pesticides, quarantine, standardization, scales, meters and the labeling and packaging of consumer products.DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Possession of current and valid State of California licenses covering Investigation and Environment Monitoring, Integrated Pest Management, and Transaction and Product Verification.**
- Possession of current and valid National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) professional certificates covering Small Capacity Weighing Systems Class III, Medium Capacity Weighing Systems, Large Capacity Scales Exam, Retail Motor Fuel Dispensing Systems, LMDVTM: Vehicle Tank Meters, and Package Checking Basic.**
- A Master's Degree from an accredited* college or university in any related fields of agricultural, weights and measures, and public or business administration.**
- Completion of advanced courses from an accredited* college or university in agricultural, weights and measures, supervision, business management or human resources.**
Additional Information EXAMINATION CONTENT:
This examination will consist of two (2) parts:PART I:
Anevaluation oftraining,experience, and the desirable qualificationsbased on the application information weighted 50%.PART II:
An Appraisal of Promotability evaluating oral and writtencommunication, workknowledge and skills,interpersonal and public relations,decision making and problem solving, adaptability and dependability, and work habits andproductivityweighted 50%.CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ONEACHWEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names ofcandidates 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. FINGERPRINTING AND SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Before a final appointment is made to this position, candidates are subject to security clearance which includes fingerprinting. An individual may be withheld from appointment, if he/she has a conviction record incompatible with the essential duties of the position for which he/she has applied. Any false statement or omission of material fact may cause forfeiture of employment rights. Information presented on employment applications, resumes and during the examination process is subject to verification. Disqualifying factors may include but are not limited to: felony convictions, certain job-related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (e.g. 4 or more moving violations within the past 2 years, failure to appear, at-fault accidents, and driving under the influence), illegal use of certain controlled substances and/or poor employment history.VACANCY INFORMATION:
The resulting eligible registerfor this examination will be usedto fillvacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, overtime, and holidays.APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnairecompletely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
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, description of work performed, and salary earned. All information is subject to verification.We may reject your application at any time during the examinationprocess.FILE USING THE METHOD BELOW:
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting. We encourage you to apply online so you can track the status of your application and get notified of your progress by email.
We must receive your application and Job Specific Questionnaireby 5:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on the last day of filing.WE MAY CLOSE THIS EXAM ANYTIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. NOTE : NO ATTACHMENTS MAY BE APPENDED TO YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION ONCE YOU PRESS "SUBMIT."
To avoid your application rejected as incomplete, have ALL
required documents (i.e. Certificates, DMV Driving Record, Official Transcripts, etc.) uploaded as attachments BEFORE
submitting your on-line application.
If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to (626)652-0740 or email them to Tanya Marchese at TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on the faxed documents.SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online 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.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT 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.CONTACT INFORMATION:
ADA Coordinator Phone:
(626) 575-5464Teletype Phone:
(626) 585-5520California Relay Services:
Department Contact Name: Tanya Marchese
Department Contact Phone: (626) 575-5464
Department Contact Email: TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov