Published
September 19, 2022
Location
Ventura County
Job Type

Description

THE COUNTY
Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees.  The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."

THE OFFICE
The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is the leader in promoting and protecting agriculture in Ventura County. Working together with all Ventura County stakeholders, the Agricultural Commissioner builds the necessary structures for long term success into the future. The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's Office identifies challenges as they are forming and quickly develops appropriate actions to reach a positive outcome. Excellence of service and continued improvement are key parts of the very structure and operation of the Department.

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner spends most staff time on four major program areas: Pesticide Use Enforcement and Environmental Monitoring; Pest Exclusion and Pest Eradication; Pest Mitigation including the Pierce's Disease Control Program; and Standards and Compliance. The Agricultural Commissioner has separate divisions dedicated to these programs and participates in several smaller and more limited programs.

THE AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR/BIOLOGIST SERIES
The Agricultural Inspector/Biologist class series is responsible for programs that monitor compliance issues within the agricultural industries of Ventura County. The role of these classifications is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of consumers and industry workers, as well as the environment. To address the business needs of the Agricultural Commissioner's Office, it is the goal of this class series to progress incumbents to the advanced journey level of Senior.  At each successive level in this series, incumbents are required to acquire and maintain specific licenses, exercise greater independent judgment, and handle assignments requiring broader knowledge with less supervision. The Agricultural Inspector class series differs from the Supervising Agricultural Inspector by the latter's full supervisory responsibilities.

Under immediate (Associate), general (Inspector/Biologist), or limited (Senior) supervision, the incumbent receives training (Associate) and performs a variety of progressively responsible and complex agricultural inspection, investigation, and certification functions pursuant to the enforcement of the California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations, Business and Professions Code, Health and Safety Code, Labor Code, and Ventura County Ordinances, all of which govern the work of the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office.

The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited four year college or university with a major in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or other academic discipline or related science, possess one or more related licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and have at least six (6) months of experience in agriculture and/or agricultural inspection.  Critical to success in these positions are excellent communication skills, effective inter-personal and collaborative skills, and the skills needed to work effectively as a team member.

APPROXIMATE SALARIES
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist Associate: $20.62 - $29.23 per hour
Agricultural Inspector/Biologist:  $25.28 - $35.83 per hour
Senior Agricultural Inspector/Biologist: $28.03 - $39.25 per hour

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE
Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

The Agricultural Inspector/Biologist Associate through Senior are represented by Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

To learn about the Agricultural Commissioner Department and the Agricultural industry in Ventura County, please visit: http://www.ventura.org/agricultural-commissioner.