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Agricultural Commissioner, Deputy

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organized and directs assigned programs which include enforcement of federal, state and local agricultural laws and regulations; oversees field operations of program staff; performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class differs that of Assistant Agricultural Commissioner in that the incumbent is responsible for the administration of specific assigned programs rather than overall departmental management. Incumbents in this class have line authority over assigned Agricultural Biologists and Supervising Agricultural Biologists.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans, directs and reviews the work of assigned staff in enforcing federal, state and local agricultural laws and regulation; instructs staff in proper methods of inspection and enforcement; provides technical assistance and resolves difficult enforcement problems; prepares employee performance reviews and corrects disciplinary problems or recommends further action; trains and advises staff in agricultural enforcement laws and policies, inspection techniques and procedures; participates in administrative hearings to resolve legal violations; recommends further legal action and represents department at legal proceedings; prepares budget recommendations for assigned programs; assists in establishments of inspection policies and procedures; researches, interprets and applies new agricultural legislation; assists in resolving pest problems; makes presentation at meetings concerning department activities; investigates reported violations and recommends solutions; compiles statistical reports and performs surveys for local and state use and maintains inspection records; issues agricultural licenses and permits; and acts for Agricultural Commissioner as directed. 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid state-wide Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner license issued by California Department of Food and Agriculture at time of appointment.

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

Knowledge of: organization, procedures and operations of the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office; California State and Federal laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the functions of Agricultural Commissioner's Office; principles of botany, entomology, pathology, genetics and laboratory procedures relating to agricultural enforcement and services; pest detection and exclusion, standardization, nursery and seed law enforcement; noxious week and vertebrate pest management; apiary enforcement; pesticide use/worker health and safety enforcement; principles of office management, supervision and training.

Ability to: interpret, apply and standardize use of applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, agreements and policies of the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office; plan, organize and direct inspection and enforcement staff on assigned programs; provide appropriate staff training; identify and resolve complex enforcement problems; develop policy recommendations; coordinate efforts and cooperate with other governmental agencies; communicate effectively orally and in writing and interested groups.

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