Thursday, August 5, 2021

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures

Recruitment #20-8421-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Please read and follow the directions in red noted below

• You MUST include a copy of a valid state license as a County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or County Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Failure to submit license will result in disqualification.

Attach under the resume tab, by the last date to file. The resume tab can only attach one document. Please scan the document into one file, and attach it once under the resume tab.

• Note, once you’ve submitted your application, it cannot be edited. Make sure you’ve attached the required document before submitting your application



The Community Development Agency's mission is to enhance the quality-of-life of County residents and plan for the future well-being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical, economic, and social needs of County residents through land use planning, environmental management, neighborhood improvement, and community development; and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic vitality and human health.



Under direction, the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the activities of one or more sections within the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and may be called upon to assist in the activities of other sections as needed.



In additional to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:


- Achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position related area

- Developed and used collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals

- Originated action to improve existing conditions and processes

- Identified and understood issues, problems, and opportunities to resolve problems

- Demonstrated the traits, inclinations, and dispositions that characterize successful leaders

- Obtained information and identified key issues and relationships relevant to achieve a long-range goal or vision

- Established high standards of performance for self and others


Please click HERE to view the full job description for Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures.



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Agricultural and Standards Investigator III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts).


A Bachelor’s Degree, or appropriate four-year degree which qualifies the applicant to obtain the required State licensing.


The equivalent of four years full-time experience in the enforcement of agricultural laws, in agricultural pest control, or in the production, marketing, or processing of agricultural commodities; or experience in inspection, maintenance, repair or installation of measuring instruments or equipment. This experience must have been at a level comparable to an equivalent class of an Alameda County Agricultural and Standards Investigator III.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid state license as a County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner or County Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Federal, State and local agricultural and weights and measures laws, regulations, procedures and practices and their application.
• Record keeping systems.
• County/State government process and organization.
• Agricultural and structural pests and their control.
• Principles and procedures for issuing citations, conducting administrative hearings and criminal and civil prosecutions.
• Workplace safety practices.
• Principles, mechanics, and care of equipment and testing devices, and of methods and techniques of inspecting.
• Principles of personnel management.

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff and the public.
• Direct and provide technical guidance and training to staff.
• Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, business contacts, and members of the general public.
• Write and speak effectively.
• Work with various segments of the justice system.
• Apply modern principles of management and supervision.
• Interpret and apply federal, state and local laws and regulations.
• Analyze situations, consider alternatives, make independent decisions and take appropriate actions.
• Utilize social media if required.


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of the candidates' application and supplemental questionnaire to determine who meets the minimum qualifications. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing


Review of Minimum Qualifications


*Panel Interview


*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,



Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.