Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of W & M

  • 481 4th St., Hollister, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related
  • Salary: $125,657.17 - $166,395.22 Annually USD

Job Description

Under policy direction of the Board of Supervisors and general administrative direction of the County Administrative Officer, to plan, organize, administer, coordinate, review and evaluate all of the functions and staff of the Agriculture Department; to serve as the agricultural official and weights and measures official and pesticide official for the County in charge of regulatory and inspection programs that protect the environment, consumers, and the agricultural industry; to collect, maintain, and publish Annual Crop Report; to serve as spokesperson regarding complex agricultural matters; and to perform related duties as assigned

Each California County is mandated by the State to appoint an Agricultural Commissioner and a Sealer of Weights and Measures to carry out certain functions as required by law. The County of San Benito has consolidated the offices of County Agricultural Commissioner and County Sealer of Weights and Measures into a single office. This department head position is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a four (4) year term and is responsible for providing administrative leadership, technical oversight, and policy direction to the following State-mandated County services.

As County Agricultural Commissioner, the incumbent is charged with the protection of San Benito County agriculture, the protection of the environment as well as protection of the public's health and safety. These goals are accomplished through the management of agricultural programs designed to achieve our mission through a combination of public outreach, industry education and enforcement actions
As County Sealer of Weights and Measures, the incumbent inspects and tests packaged commodities and all commercially used devices. Transactions derived from the use of such devices are also inspected for accuracy. In addition to inspection activities, provides education and training to the public as well as the regulated industries

The position is expected to accomplish these functions with a maximum degree of independence within established policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, and federal, state, and County laws, ordinances, and regulations. Responsibilities include coordination with management staff of other County departments and governmental agencies, including the California Departments of Food and Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation, and Public Health, to manage and accomplish the diverse mandated activities of the office. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental long- and short-range planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering County goals and objectives within general policy guidelines and budgetary limitations.

Board of Supervisors and County Administrative Officer

Directly and indirectly supervises the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of W&M, Supervising Agricultural Biologist Inspector, Agricultural Biologist Inspectors I/II/III, Senior Agricultural Biologist/Inspectors, Agricultural Technicians, Administrative Assistant I/II, and support staff.
Example of Duties
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates staff, functions, and organizational units of the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer.
Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable laws, including interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraises performance; rewards and disciplines employees; addresses complaints and resolves problems.
Directs, supervises, and personally performs inspections and investigations in enforcing rules relating to the packing, shipping, and standardization of agricultural produce; supervises the inspections of nursery stock, feeds, and apiaries for evidence of diseased conditions and takes actions to control and eradicate disease where found.
Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate fiscal systems planning, control, audit, and accounting programs; develops and recommends operating budget annually; monitors and administers approved budget; designs, coordinates, and maintains cost accounting, general accounting, and billing systems, procedures, and practices assuring quality and technical accuracy of fiscal services.
Reviews and administers various state and federal contracts for each fiscal year.
Carries out the directions and assists the Secretary for the State Department of Food and Agriculture; serves as local administrator for pest prevention, the Organic Act and Farmer's Markets, inspections of nurseries, seed, fruits and vegetables, eggs, and control of invasive weeds.
Carries out the directions and assists the Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulations; serves as local administrator for pesticide enforcement and investigations; issues restricted materials permits.
Plans, implements, directs, and reviews the mosquito abatement programs and activities with the assistance of the California Department of Public Health; prepares reports for presentation to the governing board; evaluates program operations; coordinates with other public agencies on program activities.
Cooperates with federal agencies in the enforcement of federal rules and regulations.
Plans, organizes, and directs the Weights and Measures program to inspect weighing and measuring devices, package commodities, weigh master, and petroleum product quality under general supervision of the State Department of Food and Agriculture; ensures violators of weights and measures laws are prosecuted; carries out civil penalty actions for violations, as needed.
Oversees, builds, and manages the Cannabis Business Regulatory program; implements goals, strategies, policies, and programmatic framework for the issuing of licenses; evaluates the licensing of cannabis locations and issues, denies, or revokes permits based on guidelines; works with other departments and industry representatives across the County in developing and promoting a compliant environment for cannabis.
Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
Consults with USDA, University Extension, and others to learn about new pests and new pest control methods.
Compiles and publishes annual the Crop Report with agricultural production and acreage, including an annual report to the Secretary of CDFA on pests, organic farming, IPM and biological control activities;
compiles information into a summary report for review by others.
Writes detailed or technical reports of all findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on a thorough analysis and interpretation of data for presentation to others.
Monitors current, newly adopted, and proposed legislation; suggests changes in legislation.
Attends and participates in the annual meeting of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association and a variety of meetings as required; attends meetings of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, as needed.
Discusses pest and pest management solutions with growers, environmental groups, agencies, and other members of the public.
Conducts interviews with the media regarding agricultural topics.
Coordinates with other County Agricultural Commissioners, Sealers and managers of other mosquito abatement districts on a regional basis.
Prepares and submits reports to the Board of Supervisors on department activities.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in agriculture sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable,


Five years of increasingly responsible agricultural inspection and weights and measures testing and inspection experience, including two years of experience in a management and/or supervisory capacity.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.

Possession of a County Agricultural Commissioner License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture is required at the time of appointment.

Possession of County Sealer of Weights and Measures License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture is required at the time of appointment.

All County employees can and will be called upon to act as Disaster Workers when needed.

In the event that an employee changes class, or if requirements are changed after initial appointment, employees may be required to submit to a background investigation.

Knowledge Of/Ability To
Knowledge of:
The duties and responsibilities of the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer's Office.
Applicable state, federal, county, and local ordinances, codes, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to agricultural, commodities, weights, and measures inspections.
Farming methods.
Forms of pest management, including mechanical, cultural, chemical, biological, and integrated pest management.
Pesticide chemistry, toxicology, and modes of action.
Sciences of entomology, plant pathology, nematology, botany, biology, zoology, and ecology.
Legislative processes and criminal, civil, and administrative penalties.
Thorough principles of public administration, including organization, budgeting and financial management, general management, staff development, and supervision.
Management practices involving the technical, legal, financial, and public relations involved in the operation of a county department.
Methods and techniques of research and report presentation.
Mosquito abatement procedures and practices.
Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.

Ability to:
Deal effectively with the general public and the media.
Deal with individuals and the public in stressful situations.
Speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
Read, analyze, and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
Interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables.
Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Enforce the laws in a fair and impartial manner.
Identify many different plants, animals, insects, and diseases.
Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate the work of a staff engaged in agricultural inspections and enforcement work.
Select and motivate staff and provide for their training and professional development.
Use tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
Organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up assignments with a minimum of direction.
Research, compile, interpret, and summarize a variety of informational, technical, and statistical data and materials.
Make effective presentations.
Instill public confidence in quality and necessity of services.
Coordinate departmental activities with other departments and agencies.
Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

The contents of this class specifications shall not be construed to constitute an expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of San Benito assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a "meet and confer" process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.

In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.


Employees in regular, full-time positions will be eligible to participate in the following employee benefits:

Pay Day: Employees are bi-weekly. The insurance and benefits deductions will take place bi-monthly - normally the first two pay periods of the month. Bank/Credit union and 457 Retirement Deferrals deductions will take place bi-weekly.

Vacation: Based on continued years of service. Maximum accruals may apply depending on the bargaining unit.

< 4 years of service = 10 days per year

5 to 9 years of service = 15 days per year

10 to 14 years of service = 18 days per year

15 + years of service = 20 days per year

Administrative Leave: Management employees receive 80 hours of administrative leave per calendar year. Forty (40) unused hours can be paid out at the end of the calendar year. Administrative leave is pro-rated.

Holidays: 13.5 holidays (including 3 floating) for most employees. Safety officers and dispatchers receive approximately 5% holiday pay in addition to their base pay in lieu of paid holidays off.

Sick Leave: 15 days per year. Maximum accruals apply.

Health Plan: Comprehensive medical and dental plans available for full-time employees. Employees appointed to a regular position at a time base of 50% or higher are also eligible to participate.

Vision Plan: MES Vision Plan offered which offers exams, frames and lenses on a 12-24-24 basis. The County pays for employee coverage and the employee can pay for dependent coverage. This benefit is available to FULL-TIME employees only.

Employee Assistance Program: The County provides confidential short-term counseling services to employees and dependents.. Any regular employee is eligible for up to a total of three (3) hours of counseling sessions within any six (6) month period per County employee. Up to a maximum of six (6) sessions per calendar year are allowed per family

Life Insurance/AD&D: County pays for a $20,000 BASIC life insurance policy for each employee. Two other VOLUNTARY life insurance plans available, including AD&D.

Disability Insurance: General, Confidential and Management groups participate in the State Disability Insurance.

Credit Union: Membership available to San Benito County employees at the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.

Deferred Compensation: Employees may participate in tax-deferred retirement savings. Two 457 plans available. Employees may rollover funds from prior 401k or 457 accounts. IRS limits apply.

Retirement: PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE CURRENTLY PENDING FOR JANUARY 1, 2013 DUE TO PENSION REFORM LAW AND OTHER DATES DUE TO CONTRACT MODIFICATIONS. Regular employees will be enrolled into the CalPERS retirement system in accordance with the Public Employees' Retirement Law. Employee contributions vary according to bargaining unit.

? All New Miscellaneous (non-Safety) employees enrolled into the CalPERS retirement system participate in the full formula of 2% at 62. Miscellaneous employees participate in Social Security in addition to CalPERS.

? New Safety employees are covered by the safety full formula 2.7% at 57. Safety employees contribute 9% of the employee contribution. Safety employees do not participate in Social Security.

Extra Insurance: Employees may participate in various AFLAC plans such as accident, disability, and cancer insurances. AFLAC can enroll employees into a pre-tax cafeteria plan and flexible spending accounts including Unreimbursed Medical ($2500) and Dependent Care ($5000).

Administrative Leave

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Retirement Formula Local MISC 2% @62 for New PERS Members

Social Security

Vacation Based on Continued Years of Service

Sick Leave 15 Days Annually

Floating Holiday

457 Deferred Compensation

Credit Union

Unreimbursed Medical

Flexible Spending Account

Employee Assistance Program

Group Life Insurance

Additional Optional Life Insurances & AD&D

Automatic Deposit

Bi-Weekly Pay Periods

Tuition Reimbursement


I understand all County employees will be required to take an Oath of Office and will be called upon to act as Disaster Service Workers, when needed.
  • Yes


Please be sure to answer the supplemental questions thoroughly and accurately. Applicants are responsible for clearly, completely, and accurately identifying their qualifications. Your responses to the questions must be supported by both the work experience listed on your application as well as your resume. The rating of the supplemental questions may determine your application status and/or rank on the eligible list. Answers such as "see resume" or "see above" will remove you from consideration. I have read and understand the statement above concerning submission of supplemental questionnaire responses.
  • Yes
  • No


Do you possess a County Agricultural Commissioner License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you possess a County Sealer of Weights and Measures License issued by the CDFA?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you possess one of the following degrees from an accredited college or university with major course work in agriculture sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, or a related field?
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • None of the above


Do you have at least five years of increasingly responsible agricultural inspection and weights and measures testing and inspection experience, including two years of experience in a management and/or supervisory capacity?
  • Yes
  • No


Please describe your experience overseeing multiple agricultural projects or programs. Detail how you prioritized your assignments and what steps you take to ensure that deadlines are met.


Provide a general overview of your experience in certificated agricultural inspection and enforcement work.

Required Question

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

481 4th St., Hollister, California 95023 United States View Map