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Agricultural Biologist, Supervising

Salary: $27.48-$33.54 hourly / $4,779-$5,834 monthly / Range: 5976

DEFINITION: Under direction of a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, plans, supervises, and participates in the enforcement of federal, state, and local agricultural laws and regulations; and performs related duties as required.


  1. Plans, schedules, and evaluates work of assigned staff; oversees field operations and advises biologists on solutions to problems; trains biologists in all areas of departmental operations, procedures, and regulations; establishes standards and evaluates performance.
  2. Evaluates projected workload, equipment, and supply needs in order to allocate resources, assign work, and prepare budgets in specific program areas; orders equipment and supplies for program operations; uses database and spreadsheet software to maintain records and produce statistical reports; prepares narrative reports.
  3. Makes presentations at meetings to inform and advise industry representatives and the public on agricultural laws, inspection procedures, and pest control problems and solutions; explains purpose, type, and legal implications of various inspections; issues agricultural certificates and permits; recommends legal action in response to violations of agricultural laws and regulations, and represents the department at legal proceedings.
  4. Implements and coordinates special programs with appropriate local, state, and federal agencies; represents the department among colleagues and representatives of other regulatory agencies on committees and associations that may influence and implement policy.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license in all five categories as a County Agricultural Biologist issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and:

  1. three years of increasingly responsible experience as an agricultural biologist or weights and measures inspector that included one year of experience working in a lead capacity, or;
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Agricultural Biologist III with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to county agricultural programs; techniques of public education and enforcement; principles of budgeting, training, and supervision; accepted personnel practices; entomology, plant pathology, and botany; chemical properties and safe use and application of pesticides; laboratory procedures relating to agricultural enforcement and services; correct English usage.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, members of the regulated community, colleagues, and subordinates; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; learn, interpret, and apply County agricultural regulations; enforce laws and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially; work and make decisions independently; speak effectively and persuasively in public; plan, organize, assign, and prioritize the work of self and others; train, supervise, and evaluate the work of others; prepare accurate reports and records; operate a computer; learn and use database and spreadsheet software.

Supplemental Information: Performing the essential functions of this job may occasionally require the incumbent to: work with and/or around hazardous materials; perform lifting and bending; or be exposed to unpleasant or hazardous conditions or substances in the field, such as heat, dust, diesel exhaust, or chemicals.

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