AGRICULTURAL/STANDARDS SPECIALIST TRAINEE (Fresno)

  • County of Fresno
  • Fresno, CA, USA
  • Apr 24, 2019
Full time Other Skilled Labor Training

Job Description

The Department of Agriculture is currently offering outstanding career opportunities for dynamic, driven individuals interested in playing an essential role in Fresno County's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry for the position of Agricultural/Standards Specialist Trainee. Agricultural/Standards Specialist Trainees receive training in conducting inspections and enforcing provisions of the California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations, California Business and Professions Code, and applicable Fresno County ordinances relating to protection of various segments of the County engaged in producing or utilizing agricultural and other plant products and weights and measures protective services; and perform related work as required. Agricultural/Standards Specialist Trainee is the pre-entry level classification in the Agricultural/Standards Specialist series. Assignments are subject to close review and evaluation. Agricultural/Standards Specialist Trainees are hired on a provisional basis and are required to meet the minimum qualifications for the Agricultural/Standards Specialist I level within one year from the date of hire. Incumbents who do not fulfill this requirement will be rejected during the provisional appointment. Positions in this classification are in Medical Group III - Heavy Physical Activity (Personnel Rule 8). This group includes positions which require heavy physical effort using arms, legs, back and trunk in frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling objects weighing (or offering resistance equivalent to) over 25 pounds. Generally, considerable bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, as well as standing and walking are involved. Physical stamina is usually required and explosive strength using bursts of energy may be required, depending upon specific position assignments. Eligible candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. SAMPLES OF DUTIES: The information listed below is meant to serve as samples of job duties and responsibilities for positions in this classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but indicative of several types of duties performed. Consequently, this information does not reflect Essential Functions for any given position in this classification. Incumbents receive training in, and perform the following: Conducts agricultural surveys, inspections, and investigations to enforce provisions of the California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations, and Fresno County Ordinance Code, relating to protection of various segments of the County engaged in producing or utilizing agricultural and other plant products, and the provision of weights and measures protective services. Conducts pesticide use and field worker safety inspections; identifies, controls, and eradicates plant diseases, noxious weeds, vertebrate, and insect pest infestations; and conducts fruit, vegetable, and egg quality inspections. Assists in the inspection, testing, sealing, or condemning of commercial weighing and measuring instruments, in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code, California Code of Regulations, and Fresno County Ordinance Code. Assists in the inspection and testing of petroleum products such as motor oil, gasoline, and brake fluid to ensure that they are advertised quality. Checks weighmasters' licenses and records of weight licenses. Weighs and measures the contents of packaged goods to enforce regulations regarding quantity control of packaged commodities. Advises and disseminates regulatory information to the public, private industry, government agencies, and special interest groups. Prepares reports, correspondence, and statistics. Maintains records related to areas of inspection. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of: On-the-job safety and use of personal protective equipment; Report writing principles including rules of correct grammar, punctuation and sentence structure; Principles and practices of record keeping; Safe driving practices; Basic mathematics; Basic use of measurement and conversion tools. Skills/Abilities to: Learn, understand, interpret and apply the California Food and Agriculture Code, California Business and Professions Code and California Code of Regulations; Learn applicable Fresno County Ordinances; Learn the principles of botany, entomology, plant pathology, physical science and related laboratory techniques; Learn the species of crops grown and farming methods practiced in Fresno County; Read, understand, and interpret technical material pertaining to agricultural and weights and measures methods and procedures; Interpret, explain, and apply agricultural and weights and measures regulations effectively to staff, other agencies and the public; Practice appropriate safety precautions and procedures; Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels as well as with other agencies and the public; Prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports; Demonstrate and maintain a high degree of maturity, integrity, loyalty, accountability and good judgment. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Section 105 and the California Food and Agriculture Code Section 2106, this position requires the following education: Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree in agricultural, biological, chemical, or physical sciences or any major approved by the California Secretary of Agriculture that is acceptable within the United States' accredited college or university system. OR Possession of a bachelor's degree that is acceptable within the United States' accredited college or university system with a minimum of thirty (30) semester units, or equivalent, in one or any combination of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and/or statistics. License: Possession of a valid Class "C" driver's license, or equivalent. Note: Permanent status may not be obtained in this classification. Incumbents must possess one (1) of the valid licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and advance to the Agricultural/Standards Specialist I level within one (1) year from the date of hire or be rejected during the provisional appointment. TO PREVENT THE DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and filing requirements for this position by the filing deadline. A completed Fresno County employment application is required (must be current, complete, and accurate; amendments will not be allowed after the filing deadline). Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Please fully list your work experience; including current position. Failure to list current and complete work experience within the job application (including employment with the County of Fresno) may result in the disqualification of your application. In the Education section of your application, please provide complete information for each school attended. Please provide the school's name, school's location, the type and number of units earned (semester or quarter), and if applicable which major or program was completed (Agriculture, Biology, etc.). Failure to completely list education within the job application will disqualify the applicant from consideration. College/University transcripts may be requested to verify completion of a qualifying program. If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted. Documentation must be provided by the closing date/time of this recruitment. You may attach a copy to your online employment application, fax a copy to (559) 455- 4788 Attn: Salvador Espino, or hand deliver a copy to our office. Late submission of documentation will not be accepted. Valid driver's license number must be listed on your application. Failure to provide this number on your application will result in your application not being accepted. SELECTION PROCESS: Depending on the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and filing requirements, applicants may be scheduled for one or more of the processes listed below. Written Examination Oral Examination - An oral examination includes a panel consisting of at least two members within a similar field of expertise as the vacancy. Candidates are asked structured questions and must respond orally to allow the panel to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant. Successful candidates will be placed on an employment list effective for a minimum of 3 months (and may be extended up to an additional 12 months) and certified in final rank order as vacancies occur. REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIAL: Fresno County Employment Application (must be current, complete and accurate; amendments will not be allowed after the filing deadline). Supplemental Questionnaire. Please Note: All required application materials must be received (online via our website or in person) by the filing deadline. Emailed and faxed application materials will not be accepted. Postmarks will not be accepted. Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of an application. HOW TO APPLY: Online: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/fresnoca Open Job Information Flyer and click "Apply" to begin online application process. Failure to complete the job application or failure to follow the application instructions may result in the disqualification of the applicant. Amendments will not be accepted after the filing deadline. By mail or in office: Fresno County Human Resources Fresno County Plaza 2220 Tulare St., 14th Floor Fresno, CA 93721 Office hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding holidays Once the filing deadline has passed, you may check the status of the recruitment at any time by logging on to https://www.governmentjobs.com/Applications/Index/fresnoca Please be advised that it is the applicant's responsibility to notify Fresno County Human Resources of any mailing address and telephone number changes. Notices sent via U.S. Mail from Human Resources are not forwarded ("Return Service" is requested, therefore mail will not be sent to a forwarding address). The County of Fresno is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Fresno County to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factor. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS - The County of Fresno is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, examination or selection process may contact Human Resources at (559) 600-1830 at least 5 days prior to the scheduled date or deadline. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

 

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