County of SacramentoSacramento 95827
Full Time +

Perform a wide variety of physical tasks such as standing for long periods of time; walking long distances; stooping; stretching; bending; climbing stairs; and lifting items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

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Agricultural And Standards Inspector Level I/ii

County of Sacramento
Full Time, Permanent 4137 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States Apply before 12/18/2023 5:00


This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on: 

08/03/23, 08/24/23, 09/14/23, 10/16/23, 11/16/23 and 12/18/23
Level 1 - $4,762.38 - $5,789.00/month
Level 2 - $5,778.50 - $6,688.56/month 

The Agricultural and Standards Inspector performs inspections of agricultural crops; products; commercial weighing, measuring and counting devices; and packaged commodities to determine compliance with and enforce applicable Federal, State, and County laws and regulations.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles of entomology, plant pathology and botany in relation to the control and quarantine of agricultural pests
  • Pesticides and their effects on the environment
  • Diseases and other defects of fruit, vegetables, nuts and eggs
  • Arithmetic and basic statistical methods and analysis
  • Principles, procedures and practices of investigative techniques
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to
  • Interpret, apply, and enforce applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations in an impartial manner
  • Collect, compile, and analyze a variety of data and information
  • Write reports in a clear, concise, organized, and accurate manner
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others; respond effectively and tactfully to hostility, confusion or concerns expressed by others
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Make effective presentations to and respond to questions from various groups, including boards, committees, and the public
Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Either: A Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with specialization in one or more appropriate disciplines in the agricultural or biological sciences.

Appointees qualifying under this pattern must obtain at least one of the below State licenses within one year from date of appointment or be removed from employment in this class.

Possession of one or more of the following licenses issued by the State of California Department of Food and Agriculture:

1. Pesticide Regulation
2. Investigation and Environmental Monitoring
3. Integrated Pest Management
4. Commodity Regulation
5. Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation
6. Weight Verification
7. Measurement Verification
8. Transaction and Product Verification

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Requirements

Criminal History and Background Checks:The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements:
Some positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:

  • Perform a wide variety of physical tasks such as standing for long periods of time; walking long distances; stooping; stretching; bending; climbing stairs; and lifting items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Differentiate between colors at a level necessary to identify various insects and weeds.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions:
Some positions in this class require the incumbent to:
  • Work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Travel in an assigned area.
  • Work weekends, holidays, and non-routine hours.
Canine Handler Special Skill:
Some positions in this class require specific knowledge and abilities to perform the responsibilities of a Canine Handler. To be eligible for a Canine Handler designated position, the applicant must have obtained a certificate of completion from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their 10 week Basic Canine Handler Training, Cargo/Postal prior to appointment.

Where required, this special skill may be used to ensure that the canine receives proper nutrition, grooming, training, medical care, maintenance exercise, affection and acceptable and sanitary living conditions. The Civil Service Commission approved the use of selective certification for this special skill on May 21, 2010.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is  twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by  on the posted cut-off date. Click  to apply. 

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. 
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response. Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered. All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination. This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job. All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.