3450 Agricultural Inspector

Recruitment #PBT-3450-080926

Introduction

3450 AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR  

Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time,
but no earlier than September 10, 2020

The City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (DPH) strives to protect and improve health and quality of life for all San Franciscans by improving the environmental quality where they live, work, and play. The Environmental Health Branch advances this mission by implementing San Francisco's health-protective environmental policies and laws to ensure safe and nutritious food; protection from excessive noise; prevention of exposure to chemicals, polluted soil, air and water; habitable housing; and quality neighborhoods.  

Under general supervision, class 3450 Agricultural Inspector performs a wide variety of inspections and investigations to ascertain compliance with agricultural quality standards and labeling, plant quarantine, pest detection, pest control, pest management, and safe use and handling of pesticides; issues permits and certificates for shipment and sales of fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, seeds, and other agricultural products; enforces codes and laws pertaining to agriculture; interprets, carries out, and enforces existing policy and methods in the inspection of agricultural products; explains legal requirements of agricultural codes and regulations to residents, business owners, agriculture workers, and others; and maintains related records and reports.  

Nature of Work:  Inspections are performed primarily at off-site locations and may require a moderate degree of physical exertion including lifting and carrying up to fifty (50) pounds; bending; stooping; climbing; crouching; reaching; kneeling; and manual dexterity.   

Essential Duties:
Class 3450 Agricultural Inspector performs essential job functions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Performs various inspections for enforcement of the California Food and Agricultural Code and California Code of Regulations for the City and County of San Francisco;
  • Conducts plant quarantine inspections for incoming shipments of plants or plant material that are quarantined;
  • Monitors pest control use by inspecting and registering pest control businesses; issues permits, investigates complaints of pesticide misuse, illnesses or injuries related to pesticide use; and prepares reports to State;
  • Inspects nurseries for cleanliness and compliance; inspects incoming shipments of nursery stock for quarantined pests and enforcement of quarantine laws;
  • Inspects and registers apiaries in response to complaints and for freedom of apiary diseases;
  • Conducts pest surveys for insects, weeds and diseases; provides identification of insects, weeds or diseases to residents that submit same; and
  • Writes daily inspection reports and investigative reports as required by State Law.  

Class 3450 Agricultural Inspector performs other related duties as required.    

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of any two (2) of the required three (3) valid Agricultural Inspector/Biologist Licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CFDA): 

  • Pesticide Regulation License;
  • Commodity Regulation License;
  • Pest Prevention and Plant Regulation License;

AND

Possession of a valid California Driver License.

One (1) year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a forty (40) hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Conditions of Employment:
A.  Must obtain the third valid CFDA Agricultural Inspector/Biologist License within twelve (12) months of hire.

B.  For the duration of employment, to perform essential duties as described above, the nature of the 3450 Agricultural Inspector position requires the ability to drive a vehicle owned by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF).  3450 Agricultural Inspector employees are required to comply with the Department of Public Health and CCSF Vehicle Use Policies.  

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Possession of a valid Investigation and Environmental Monitoring License and/or Integrated Pest Management License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Bilingual fluency in another language (e.g. Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese)
  • Public outreach experience (e.g. cold calls)
  • Computer skills
  • Experience with regulatory inspections and enforcement actions
  • Experience effectively managing conflict/confrontational situations  

Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at
https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.  

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience.   CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.     

Verification of required licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.  

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.  In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Yvette Gamble, by telephone at (415) 554-2911 or by email at yvette.gamble@sfdph.org 

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Training and Experience Evaluation:  (Weight: 100%)
The Supplemental Questionnaire/Training and Experience Evaluation is also designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to:

  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and ordinances affecting agriculture including the California Food and Agricultural Code and California Code of Regulations; Federal, State, Exterior, and Interior Plant Quarantines and Regulations; State Standardization Regulations; Nursery Laws and Regulations, California Seed Law, Apiary Laws. California Pest Control Laws, and regulations;
  • Knowledge of inspection techniques for agricultural commodities  including incoming plant quarantine inspections, phytosanitary inspection and certification, nursery and seed regulation, fruit and vegetable quality control, direct marketing compliance and egg quality compliance. Inspect agricultural production facilities for organic certification, economic pests and pesticide use enforcement;
  • Knowledge of entomology, botany, biology, plant pathology, crop diseases, weed identification, horticulture, crop production and chemistry;
  • Ability to use proper investigative techniques to gather facts, analyze situations and determine compliance with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. Based on information obtained, the Agricultural Inspector completes the investigative process by taking appropriate enforcement actions;
  • Interpersonal ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with department staff, merchants, managers and employees of business establishments in a diverse community. The ability to handle complaints, evaluate requests and act accordingly, inform the regulated entities of methods of compliance, and work with irate customers under stressful situations;
  • Written communication ability refers to the ability to prepare clear, accurate, and logical documents such as daily inspection reports, investigative reports, notices of violation and citations. Ability to operate a personal computer to communicate via email, enter reporting data, and gather and compile crop reporting data; and
  • Oral communication ability to communicate clearly and directly with department staff, merchants, managers and employees of business establishments in a diverse community.
  • Physical strength and dexterity refers to the ability lift and move heavy objects (e.g. cases of produce and large plants) of up to fifty (50) lbs.

Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire/Training and Experience Evaluation cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score in order to be ranked on the eligible list/score report. Successful applicants will be placed on the eligible list/score report, in rank order, according to their final score.

After the eligible list/score report is finalized/adopted:

  • The department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.).
  • Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

Certification:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, 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 (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. 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, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City 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.

Conclusion

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.  

Licensure/Certification/Registration:
Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout duration of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.   

Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR):
The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.  

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.  

Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.  

Medical Examination: 
Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, medical examination, and/or drug test.  

Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.  In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Exam Type: Entrance
Issued:  August 26, 2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-3450-080926
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911  (#01136923)

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 

 


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