Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I is the entry-level in the series. Under direct supervision, incumbents learn to apply and enforce a variety of agricultural and/or weights and measures laws and regulations. The incumbents are expected to obtain at least two licenses in agricultural or weights and measures inspection issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture within the first twelve months of employment.
Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector II is the journey-level classification in the series. Under general supervision, Incumbents independently perform inspections and investigations of agricultural and/or weights and measures laws and regulations. The incumbents are required to obtain at least five licenses in agricultural or weights and measures inspection issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and has two years of experience.
Examples of Duties
The following duties are performed by employees in this classification; however, employees may perform related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.
- Investigates fraud and consumer complaints through interviews, investigations, and records examination
- Develops case files; prepares, analyzes, maintains and presents evidence; prepares correspondence and reports; and provides information for litigation.
- Promotes legal compliance by conducting educational outreach to new businesses.
- Investigates and works with district attorneys to prosecute businesses engaged in deceptive pricing and/or product packaging, both locally and statewide.
- Verifies the accuracy of commercial devices such as gas pumps, taxi meters, propane meters, electric meters and commercial weighing devices.
- Safely handles hazardous materials such as herbicides, rodenticides, insecticides and other pesticides, as well as gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, and propane.
- Enforces regulations related to pesticide use and storage, and worker health and safety; issues permits and monitors applications of pesticides; and registers agricultural pest control operators and advisors.
- Investigates complaints related to agricultural pesticides, certain pests, and violations of County, State, or Federal laws; and conducts a variety of inspections of agricultural products to ensure compliance with regulations, and/or to verify certificate requirements for export/import and pest cleanliness.
- Detects and prevents the introduction of detrimental pests through examination, surveys, trapping, sampling, and regulation of possible carriers; and controls and/or eradicates pest plants, insects, diseases, and nematodes in accordance with approved procedures.
- Inspects nurseries and evaluates nursery license applications to determine compliance with State requirements.
- Gathers and compiles evidence and prepares reports; collects, prepares, and submits official samples required for the enforcement or verification of various regulations; and obtains, compiles, and disseminates statistical data on agricultural commodities produced in the County.