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Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services

Recruitment #23-8422-01


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 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.




The Alameda County Community Development Agency's mission is to enhance the quality of life of Alameda 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. 

For more information about the agency, please visitAlameda County Community Development Agency.


Under general direction, the Deputy of Agricultural and Standards Services evaluates, directs, and coordinates the activities of one or more sections within the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and staff engaged in the enforcement of State and Federal laws relating to agricultural and weights and measures within the County and may be called upon to assist in the activities of other sections as needed.

For more detailed information about the job classification, please visit: Deputy of Agricultual and Standards Services (#8422).




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the class of Agricultural and Standards Investigator III in the Alameda County classified service.  



Possession of a bachelor’s degree, or appropriate four (4) year degree which qualifies the applicant to obtain the required State licenses.



The equivalent of four (4) 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. One (1) of the required four (4) years of experience must include supervising responsibility. 


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 suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Federal, State, and Local Laws, Regulations and Ordinances relating to Pesticide Use Enforcement, Weights and Measures, Agricultural Pest Detection, Pest Exclusion, and Pest Eradication procedures and practices and their application.
  • Principal, practices, and techniques of budgeting.
  • Knowledge of supervision and management principles.
  • Public relations.
  • Effective organization, administration, and personnel management and training.
  • 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:
  • Interpret and apply agricultural weighting and measuring laws, regulations, and policies to clients and consumers.
  • Solve problems.
  • Establish good working relationships with staff, community groups, and government agencies.
  • Conduct public hearings and act as a hearing officer.
  • Provide effective leadership.
  • Manage human resources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Direct and provide technical guidance and training to staff.
  • Apply modern principles of management and supervision.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and County laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to Agriculture and Weights and Measures.
  • 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 applicants’ applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. An oral examination weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview will be administered virtually and may contain situational exercises.



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 may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


The County will inform applicants, via email and with reasonable notice in advance, of any examination process that will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on operational needs.



Deadline for Filing

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications

Week of December 5, 2023

Virtual Civil Service Pre-Recorded Oral Exam:

December 22, 2023 - January 3, 2024

Notification of Results:  Week of January 15, 2024



Department Hiring Interviews

Week of February 5, 2024


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 statues. 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 statues.

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

  • 12 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 boxes and are routed to unmonitored mailboxes. 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.

Maria Tabora | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463 |


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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.