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Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit) at Los Angeles County

Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit)

Los Angeles County Los Angeles, CA Full-Time
Position/Program Information


FILING DATES: 01/07/2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the Department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.



SPECIAL SALARY INFORMATION: After successful completion of the training program, candidate will be eligible for appointment with a monthly salary starting from $4,531.82 - $5,943.92/monthly and eligible to receive a bonus.


The Detector Dog Handler position within the department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures is a highly specialized position that requires successful completion of a ten week course in Newnan, Georgia under the US Department of Agriculture.

The 10 week program is designed to prepare the Detector Dog Handler for their position with inspection of parcels at distribution centers such as; US Postal Service, Federal Express and United Parcel Service to identify unmarked parcels containing plant materials that could be detrimental to agriculture and the environment in California.

After successful completion of the ten week course, the Detector Dog Handler will be able to perform the specialized job duties for the position.

Essential Job Functions

Prepares and issues written notices of violation; investigates code violations, analyzes information, prepares reports of findings and recommends actions; maintains records and prepares reports on inspections and other related matters; some positions are required to drive and operate County vehicles and machinery such as, but not limited to, large scale inspection vehicles, cranes with 250 pounds or more test weights, and other large vehicles or equipment; responds to inquiries and complaints from other agencies and the public; performs inspections and related duties to enforce standardization, plant pest quarantine, pesticide use and other regulatory requirements; uses a variety of hand-held or other test equipment such as, but not limited to, pesticide air testing devices, refractometers, scales, graduated measures, hydrometers and laptop or tablet computers; receives and applies training in the safe and effective use of various tools and equipment utilized in any of the inspection, investigation or enforcement activities that may be assigned; gathers evidence and testifies as an expert witness in administrative, civil or criminal actions and proceedings; provides technical direction to personnel assigned to assist in inspections and other tasks; issues inspection certificates and collects appropriate fees; inspects orchards, farms, nurseries, mills, apiaries, and plant shipments for agricultural pests and diseases; inspects produce cases, nursery stock, commodities, and other packaged goods weighing 25 pounds or more; inspects, tests, seals or condemns weighing and measuring devices used in commercial transactions; inspects and investigates pesticide use applications, storage equipment, worker safety records and pesticide illness complaints; assists weed abatement and integrated pest management inspectors with zone and district operations; performs package and transaction investigations, and makes test purchases or sales to verify accurate weight or measure; inspects electrical and liquid propane gas meters and large capacity scales; advises growers, nurserymen and others on pest control methods and related subjects; uses a variety of mathematical formulas, including algebra; inspects shipments for compliance with labeling, weighing and measuring codes.



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 college level courses in both Botany and Entomology -AND- either:

OPTION I: Two years of work experience* at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I.

OPTION II: Two years of work experience* performing weights and measures inspection, calibration and related functions.

OPTION III: Two years of work experience* performing agricultural inspection and enforcement.


Two valid State of California weights and measures licenses covering Weight Verification and Measurement Verification -AND- Three agricultural licenses covering Commodity Regulation, Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation, and Pesticide Regulation -AND- A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Some positions may require 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 State 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 IV - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.


* Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities, and two-year colleges (i.e. community or junior colleges) that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.

In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, you must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing.

* Experience in inspection and enforcement must be with a public jurisdiction.

At the level of an Agricultural/Weights and Measures Inspector I is defined as performing inspection and enforcement activities under direct supervision and may assist higher level inspectors with more difficult or complex tasks. Incumbents have completed initial agricultural and weights and measures inspection cross training at an associate level, and are expected to exercise a knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances regulating the use of pesticides, quarantine, standardization, scales, meters and the labeling and packaging of consumer products.


* Possession of current and valid State of California licenses covering Investigation and Environment Monitoring, Integrated Pest Management, and Transaction and Product Verification.
* Possession of current and valid National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) professional certificates covering Small Capacity Weighing Systems Class III, Medium Capacity Weighing Systems, Large Capacity Scales Exam, Retail Motor Fuel Dispensing Systems, LMDVTM: Vehicle Tank Meters, and Package Checking Basic.
* A Master's Degree from an accredited* college or university in any related fields of agricultural, weights and measures, and public or business administration.
* Completion of advanced courses from an accredited* college or university in agricultural, weights and measures, supervision, business management or human resources.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT: This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience, and the Desirable Qualifications based on the application information weighted 100%.


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.


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 limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, regency 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 valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will 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.


The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.


Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, overtime, and holidays.


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 employer, 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.

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.

Many important notifications such as test invitation, and other special information are only communicated via e-mail. DO NOT select "off" under Email Preferences within your profile or click "unsubscribe" on our notices if you would like the County of Los Angeles to notify you regarding your application status, test schedules, and other important information pertaining to your candidacy for this position. Moreover, please add (Crisselle Cortes, [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit)), and [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit) to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being blocked or filtered as spam/junk email from your email provider. The County of Los Angeles will not consider allegations of not receiving the email notification as an acceptable reason to authorize a reschedule or late exam administration. Please note, you can visit, log into your profile and check your inbox. The inbox retains a copy of all emails sent, for your records.

We must receive your application and job specific questionnaire by 5:00 pm, PST, on the last day of filing. 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.

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 official transcripts 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 Crisselle Cortes at [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit) within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing online or your application will be rejected. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on all the faxed documents.


Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.


All applicants must file their application online 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.


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.


ADA Coordinator Phone:
(626) 575-5464

Teletype Phone:
(626) 585-5520

California Relay Services:
(800) 735-2922

Department Contact Name: Crisselle Cortes

Department Contact Phone:
(626) 575-5464

Department Contact Email: [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Agricultural/weights & measures Inspector II (canine Unit)

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