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Deputy Agriculture Commissioner

County of Contra Costa
Full Time, Permanent 94 per week 2380 Bisso Ln ste a, Concord, CA 94520, United States


Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Supervisory Management 
The Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is seeking an enthusiastic professional who desires an exciting career opportunity as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner.  The chosen candidate will work under the direction of the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures. Job duties will include the supervision of agricultural enforcement programs through the County. There are three Deputy Agricultural Commissioners and one Deputy Sealer allocated to the department.

In addition to the base salary, the County offers an excellent benefits plan which includes a county contribution to health insurance, dental and vision insurance plans. Other benefits also offered by the County include:

  • 94 hours paid annual Management Administrative Leave 
  • $625 Professional Development Reimbursement for each two year period  
  • $275 Safety shoe reimbursement for each two year period   
  • $85 per month to each eligible employee who participates in the County’s Deferred Compensation Plan   
  • $150 per month to an employee’s account in the Contra Costa County Deferred Compensation Plan for permanent employees hired after January 1, 2011 who meet specific criteria 
  • 3.5% of base pay monthly salary differential for possession of either a valid Agricultural Commissioner License or Sealer of Weights & Measures License
We are looking for someone who is:
  • Professional with outstanding integrity and ethics, who displays honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Able to demonstrate learning agility and seeks learning opportunities, and able to apply those lessons to one’s work
  • Detail oriented and can demonstrate this in work content, work steps, and final work products
  • A collaborator who can thrive working in a team and as an individual
  • A strong leader who has excellent interpersonal skills
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Supervising and assisting staff in agricultural inspections and enforcement of county, state, and federal laws and regulations
  • Assisting the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner in planning, supervising and coordinating special seasonal programs
  • Working in the field and office, and being responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising, training, evaluating, and reviewing the daily work assignments of technical, paraprofessional, and professional level staff
  • Preparing regular progress reports and statistical reports for state agencies, including invoices for contract service work performed by the department
  • Reviewing and assisting Agricultural Biologists in the preparation of civil cases, and determining and recommending penalties
  • Providing information to and interacting with the public on agriculture related problems falling within the scope of the Agricultural Commissioner's office
  • Presenting cases as the county advocate in administrative hearings, and acting as administrative law hearing officer in civil cases
  • Participating in the interview and selection of new technical, paraprofessional, and professional level staff
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will work with a team of outstanding and caring professionals
  • Your work will have a direct impact on the community
  • You will be able to enjoy a healthy work-life balance
  • There is potential for professional development and possible career advancement 
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You will work in a large county with various stakeholders and priorities
  • You will carry out enforcement actions which may be difficult or controversial
  • You will represent the department and be responsible for ensuring personnel adherence to State laws and County policies
  • You will work in a fast-paced, and sometimes stressful environment
Competencies Required:

  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Innovative Problem Solving: Identifying and analyzing problems in order to propose new ways to do business
  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Informing: Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Involving Others (Engaging Teams): Engaging others for input, contribution, and shared responsibility for outcomes
  • Leadership: Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
    Project Management: 
    Ensuring that projects are on-time, on-budget, and achieve their objectives

To read the complete job description, please visit the website,

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.
Minimum Qualifications

Licenses Required: Possession of: 1) A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license; AND 2) A valid California Department of Food and Agriculture Deputy Agricultural Commissioner license.
Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in agriculture or biological science, or a closely related field.
Experience: Four (4) years of full-time or its equivalent experience working as an Agricultural Biologist in a federal, state or county agency.

Selection Process
  1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.
  2. Training and Experience Questionnaire: Candidates will be required to complete a training and experience questionnaire at the time of filing. The responses to the training and experience questions on the supplemental questionnaire will be used to evaluate candidates relevant education, training and/or experience as it relates to the Deputy Agriculture Commissioner classification.  (Weighted 100%)
The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Amanda Monson at  For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.