DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES FILING DATES:
08/30/2021 - Until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.EXAM #:
V0011GTYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job OpportunityJOB TYPE:
Acts as a senior or lead person and participates in the inspection and enforcement of Federal, State, local agricultural, weights and measures, fire, health and safety laws, regulations, ordinances and policies for protection of such constituent groups as consumers, agriculture, and industry.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class are characterized by their responsibility for performing senior and lead level assignments and/or the more difficult and complex inspection and enforcement assignments. Incumbents receive administrative and technical direction from a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer. Incumbents of these positions act as the on-site lead inspector, enforce safety practices and procedures, and instruct in methods for the expedient and accurate accomplishment of either agricultural or weights and measures inspections. Positions in this class monitor the quantity of inspections conducted by lower level inspectors or associates and make recommendations to management on the preparation of performance evaluations and probationary reports for these employees. These positions may act as a field working supervisor over agricultural inspection, weights and measures, or weed abatement functions by providing training and orientation to employees, establishing job deadlines and maintaining assignment logs. Incumbents in this class possess a high degree of proficiency, knowledge and expertise in Federal, State and local laws related to departmental programs. 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 250 lbs or more test weights, and/or operate other large vehicles or equipment.
Essential Job Functions
Supervises inspectors and workers by performing a full range of tasks; delegating assignments to the appropriate staff member(s); monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating staff performance; participating in various human resources-related processes, such as interviewing, employee-relation investigations and discipline; and enforcing safety practices and procedures.
Performs complex and sensitive field inspections of commercially used measuring and weighing devices, sale prices, petroleum products, produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, improved/unimproved parcels, and other packaged goods by driving a vehicle to various inspection sites; using appropriate tools and equipment; lifting items, kneeling, crouching, twisting, reaching, and climbing for extended periods of time; applying advanced technical knowledge and pertinent rules and regulations; exercising the utmost care and safety in the performance of duties; issuing certificates of inspection, notifications, and violations; and calculating and collecting fees from clients for services and materials provided.
Leads investigations related to complaints or prosecution for criminal violations and civil actions by participating in and/or directing the evidence gathering activities of subordinate inspectors, collecting and preserving the evidence, compiling relevant information, preparing technical aspects of cases for the prosecution staff, assisting in providing a response/corrective action plan to the Board of Supervisors, and serving as an expert witness in judicial or administrative proceedings.
Participates in and conducts continuous surveys by collecting commodity samples for testing; collecting insects, weeds, soils, plants, and diseases; assisting in nuisance abatement or pest control; maintaining chain of custody of collected samples used for evidence-gathering; and gathering compliance data.
Prepares a variety of documents by using a personal computer/mobile devices and appropriate applications/databases or by manually completing standard forms.
Acts as a liaison between the department served and contract cities, government officials, enforcement and regulatory agencies, businesses, clients, the public, and other departments and agencies by serving as the initial point of contact within the department; presenting information at specialized seminars; attending meetings; coordinating activities; participating in special projects involving education and public outreach to the general public and the regulated community, and representing the department in a positive and professional manner.
Requirements SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines in agricultural science, biological science, chemical science, physical science, mathematics, and/or statistics, including
the completion of approved college level courses in Botany AND
Option I: Two years of full-time experience at the level of an Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector II in the service of the County of Los Angeles . Experience at the level of an Agricultural/Weights & Measures Inspector II is defined as an inspector that 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.***
Option II: Four years of full-time experience performing weights and measures inspection, calibration, and related functions ***
Option III: Four years of full-time experience performing agricultural inspection and enforcement, and/or weed abatement functions ***LICENSE:
A valid California State license** for Weights and Measures Inspection in all categories -AND-
valid California State licenses for Agricultural Inspection in all categories. Some positions may be required to obtain and hold a Qualified Applicator Certificate for restricted use pesticides.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Some positions may be required to hold a Class A or Class B license.License Information:
Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department.
The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.PHYSICAL CLASS:
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 colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.
** In order to receive credit for any college course work, license, or certificate, you must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, license, and/or certificate of completion, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing.
*** Part-time experience will be prorated. Experience in inspection and enforcement must be within a public jurisdiction. NO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Additional Information EXAMINATION CONTENT
A multiple choice assessment, weighted at 100%, assessing Deductive Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Management Potential, Working to High Quality Standards, Responsibility, Achievement, Willingness to Learn, Accepting Others, Showing Courtesy, Working Relationships, Analyzing Information, Learning Quickly, Compliance with Rules and Regulations, Adapting to Change, Controlling Emotions, Working Energetically, and Professional/Technical Expertise.
Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test in order to be placed on the eligible register. STANDARDIZED MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS ARE NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19. Transfer of Test Components:
- Applicants who have taken identical components recently for other exams may have their scores automatically transferred to this examination.
- This examination contains test components that may be used in the future for new examinations and your test scores may be transferred.
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/
. Please click on "Find a Job" and then "Job Search Toolkit." Test Preparation Information is located under the "Employment Test Assistance" section.
You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html
. While these practice materials will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates 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. SPECIAL INFORMATION:
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
The list of successful candidates created from this exam will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures as they occur.
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
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, and description of work performed. All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination process.
Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED .
In order to receive credit for the required degree/coursework, certification, and/or license, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization, and/or a legible copy of the official certificate and/or license at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days from the date of filing application.
NOTE : If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to (626) 652-0740 or email them to AExamsUnit@acwm.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application will be rejected. Please include your name, exam number ( V0011G ), and exam title ( AWM Inspector III ) on all the faxed documents.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.
Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. this is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address. NOTE:
All notifications including invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. Please add AExamsUnit@acwm.lacounty.gov
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and
firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail. It is your responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.
Applicants have the ability to opt out of emails from LA County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC 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.NO SHARING OF USER ID, E-MAIL AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application 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.CONTACT INFORMATION:ADA Coordinator Phone:
(626) 575-5464Teletype Phone:
(626) 585-5520California Relay Services:
(800) 735-2922Department Contact Name:
Crisselle CortesDepartment Contact Phone:
(626) 575-5464Department Contact Email: AExamsUnit@acwm.lacounty.gov COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES Employment Information
Any language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below. Your Responsibilities:
1. Completing Your Application :
a. Before submission of the application, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided is correct and complete on the application. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
b. List each payroll title separately for each job. Do not group your experience. Specify the beginning and ending dates for each job. If you are a Los Angeles County employee and have held multiple positions, do NOT list all of your time with the County under your present payroll title.
c. Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
d. To receive credit, include required documents (e.g., copy of your diploma, transcript, certificate, or license) as directed on the job posting. International degrees in a foreign language must be translated to English and evaluated for equivalency to U.S. standards. Refer to the job posting for specific deadlines for supporting documentation.
2. Requirements on Job Posting :
a. Your application will only be accepted if it clearly shows you meet the requirements. The information you give will determine your eligibility and is subject to verification at any time.
b. You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment unless other age limits are stated on the job posting. The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age for any individual over age 40.
c. Experience is evaluated on the basis of a verifiable 40- hour week, unless specified otherwise. Prorated part-time experience may be acceptable.
3. Application Deadline : All job applications must be completed and submitted before the closing time on the last day of the filing period as indicated on the job posting unless other instructions are provided. Job postings with an open continuous filing period are subject to closure without prior notice. It is to your advantage to file your application early and not wait until the last allowable date and time as you will not be able to apply once the filing period has closed.
4. Change of Name or Address : To change personal information such as your name or address, log into your profile on www.governmentjobs.com
and make the necessary change. This can be done at any time.
5. Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy :
a. It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability. b. If you are an individual requesting reasonable accommodation(s) in the examination process, please contact the testing accommodation coordinator listed on the job posting. The provision of accommodation may be subject to verification as allowable with State and Federal law. All accommodation-related information will remain confidential. Disclaimer
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: Study Guides and other resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive system for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at https://hr.lacounty.gov
/. Additional resources may be listed on the job posting. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES Employment Information Any language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below. Veteran's Credit
: In all open competitive examinations, a veteran's credit of 10 percent of the total credits specified for such examinations will be added to the final passing grade of an honorably discharged veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States under any of the following conditions: During a declared war; -or- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; -or- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010 the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; -or- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal or expeditionary medal has been authorized and awarded. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti qualifies for credit.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980 (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.
This also applies to the spouse of such person who, while engaged in such service was wounded, disabled or crippled and thereby permanently prevented from engaging in any remunerative occupation, and also to the widow or widower of any such person who died or was killed while in such service. A DD214, Certificate of Discharge or Separation from Active Duty, or other official documents issued by the branch of service are required as verification of eligibility for Veterans preference. Applicants must submit the documentation for each open competitive exam to qualify for veteran's credit. More information available at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide-for-hr-professionals/ Accreditation Information
: Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). More information available at: http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/070812_PPG123.pdf
and http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/205105_PPG_123_AC E_Resource_Guide.pdf Background Check
: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed. Career Planning
: Resources to help current and prospective employees plan a career with Los Angeles County are available. To explore career paths to and from nearly all job titles, please visit our interactive Career PathFinder application at https://career-pathfinder.hr.lacounty.gov/#/
. Benefit Information
: Depending on the position, the successful candidate will enroll in a contributory defined benefit pension plan if the candidate is a "new member" of the County's defined benefit plan (LACERA) on or after January 1, 2013 (first employed by the County on or after December 1, 2012) - unless she or he established reciprocity with another public retirement system in which she or he was a member before January 1, 2013. It should be noted that County employees do not pay into Social Security, but do pay the Medical Hospital Insurance Tax portion of Social Security at a rate of 1.45%. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) has reciprocal agreements with several public retirement systems in California. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
: All positions are open to qualified men and women. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons with disabilities who believe they need reasonable accommodation, or help in order to apply for a position, may contact the ADA/Personnel Services for Disabled Persons Coordinator. Hearing impaired applicants with telephone teletype equipment may leave messages by calling the teletype phone number on the job posting. The County will attempt to meet reasonable accommodation requests whenever possible. Equal Employment Opportunity
: It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law. All positions are open to qualified men and women pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES Employment Information Any language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below. Los Angeles County Child Support Compliance Program
: In an effort to improve compliance with courtordered child, family and spousal support obligations, certain employment and identification information (i.e., name, address, Social Security number and date of hire) is regularly reported to the State Directory of New Hires which may assist in locating persons who owe these obligations. Family Code Section 17512 permits under certain circumstances for additional employment and identifying information to be requested. Applicants will not be disqualified from employment based on this information. Social Security Act of 2004
: Section 419 (c) of Public Law 108-203, the Social Security Protection Act of 2004, requires State and local government employers to disclose the effect of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset Provision to employees hired on or after January 1, 2005, in jobs not covered by Social Security. The County of Los Angeles does not participate in the Social Security System. All newly hired County of Los Angeles employees must sign a statement (Form SSA1945) prior to the start of employment indicating that they are aware of a possible reduction in their future Social Security benefit entitlement. For more information on Social Security and about each provision, you may visit the website www.socialsecurity.gov
, or call toll free 1-800-772- 1213. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number 1-800-325-0778 or contact a local Social Security office. Employment Eligibility Information
: Final appointment is contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States. Immigration law provides that all persons hired after November 6, 1986, are required to present original documents to the County, within three (3) business days of hiring, which show satisfactory proof of 1) identity and 2) U.S. employment eligibility. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act
(Part 2.8 commencing with Section 12900 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) and the Regulations of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 4, Sections 7285.0 through 8504) prohibits employment discrimination based on race or color; religion; national origin or ancestry, physical disability; mental disability or medical condition; marital status; sex or sexual orientation; age, with respect to persons over the age of 40; and pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. COVID-19 VACCINATION
: Some County workforce members may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful candidates for those positions/classifications may be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.
Updated April 2023