December 19, 2019
Sonoma County
Job Type


Home to approximately 500,000 residents, Sonoma County encompasses over one million acres of land and offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic options – including inspiring coastline and beaches, the Russian River, over 200 award-winning wineries, and majestic redwoods.

Reporting to the Board of Supervisors, the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures is the head of the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures.  The Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures is dedicated to delivering services that effectively promote and protect agriculture, the economy, community, environment, and the health and safety of Sonoma County’s citizens through education and the enforcement of laws and regulations, resulting in sustainable agriculture and equity in the marketplace.  The Department also oversees and administers the County’s Vineyard and Orchard Site Development Ordinance (VESCO) and agricultural grading and drainage requirements, and provides staff support to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. In 2017, the Department assumed responsibility for permitting small outdoor cannabis cultivation (10,000 sq ft or less) on agriculturally zoned parcels. In Spring 2020, the new Agricultural Commissioner and the Department will be responsible for the implementation of the local regulations for industrial hemp.

The new Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures will be a progressive manager and administrator with an inclusive, collaborative, and team oriented leadership style who will foster strong relationships at the department and county levels, with elected/appointed officials, and with county-wide public constituents. Awareness of current regional trends, policies, and legislation, which affect the agriculture and viticulture industries and the local environment, is a necessity. Qualifications include five years of experience in the enforcement of agricultural or weights and measures laws, including two years of supervisory or management experience and possession of a license of eligibility as a County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, biological or physical sciences is necessary for this role unless exempted by the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Sonoma County offers a total compensation package that is both attractive and competitive. The position receives a cash allowance in addition to base salary. Combined, the annual salary range for this position is $155,969-188,028 annually, DOQ.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit The County of Sonoma is an equal opportunity employer.

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