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Agricultural Biologist & Standards Officer

Company: County of Colusa
Location: Woodland
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Job Description:

*THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN COLUSA, CA**ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH GOVERNMENT JOBS WILL BE CONSIDERD.**APPLY HERE: * *http://www.countyofcolusa.com*SALARY: $22.66 - $45.34 Hourly$3,927.00 - $7,859.00 Monthly$47,124.00 - $94,308.00 AnnuallyDEPARTMENT:Ag CommissionerOPENING DATE: 09/06/22CLOSING DATE: 09/23/22 11:59 PMDEFINITION & DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:Come Grow With Colusa County!Whether you are starting your career or seeking career advancement within the field, Colusa County is looking for YOU!Are you are a dedicated professional who is ready to make a difference in the community? Are you seeking work/life balance and ready to grow your career? Do you enjoy great benefits, competitive wages and opportunities for growth?If so, come GROW with us and APPLY today!There is one vacancy in the Agriculture Department and may be filled at any level depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. This recruitment will be used to fill a current vacancy and establish an eligibility list to fill other openings without reposting.SALARY (based on a 40 hour-work week):ABSOI $3927-6447ABSOII $4337-7117ABSOIII $ 4788-7859DEFINITIONTo perform a variety of inspection and enforcement duties as related to state agriculture, weights and measures, and related programs.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSAgricultural Biologist & Standards Officer (ABSO) I--This is the entry level class in the ABSO series. This class is distinguished from the ABSO II/III by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience. Promotion to the ABSO II level requires that the employee possess at least five valid State certifications in agricultural and/or weights and measures inspections.Agricultural Biologist & Standards Officer II/III--These are the full journey level classes within the ABSO series. Employees within these classes are distinguished from the ABSO I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at these levels receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in these classes are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from ABSO I, or when filled from the outside, require prior agricultural inspection experience. Promotion to the ABSO III level requires that the employee possess at least eight valid State certifications in agricultural and/or weights and measures inspections.SUPERVISION & EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISEDABSO IReceives general supervision from the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures.ABSO II/IIIReceives direction from the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures.May exercise functional and technical supervision over less experienced staff.EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES--Important responsibilities and duties may include but are not limited to, the following:Inspect fruits, vegetable, nuts, eggs and honey at retail for compliance with State and Federal grades, standards and labeling requirements; issue notices of non-compliance and disposal orders as required.Inspect nurseries for compliance with pest cleanliness, grades, standards, and labeling requirements; collect, prepare and submit pest specimens; issue off-scale orders and notices of violation as required.Inspect, test and seal commercial scales, weights, measures and meters; maintain records of inspections and tests made.Test, sample and weigh packaged commodities at retail and wholesale sites for compliance with weights and measures laws and regulations; issue off-scale orders as required.Conduct weed control on roadsides and other county owned right of ways; calibrate spray equipment; mix chemicals for weed control use; repair and maintain spray equipment.Conduct pesticide patrol; inspect and issue pesticide permits to growers and pest operators; maintain permit control on computer equipment; register pest control advisors and pilots.Assist in inspection of commodities being shipped to foreign countries and other states.Inspect and certify seed fields for plant disease; inspect grain mills, facilities and growing areas for certification of post-quarantine grain.Assist in the preparation of illness investigation reports; assist in loss complaint investigations; assist in air pollution patrol and investigations of agricultural burning violations.Inspect apiaries for presence or absence of diseases; collect and submit samples.Respond to home and yard calls by the public regarding plant diseases and insects; advise proper control.Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.QUALIFICATIONS:QUALIFICATIONSABSO IKnowledge of:Basic principles and practices of agricultural, weights and measures, vegetation and pest abatement.Basic types of weighing and measuring devices, and methods used in verifying the accuracy and content of packaged commodities.Basic methods, equipment chemicals, and techniques used in spraying noxious weeds.Safe work practices.Ability to:Learn to operate a variety of weights and measures devices in a safe and effective manner in routine situations.Learn to mix and safely prepare solutions of poisonous and dangerous chemicals.Learn to mix poison baits for vertebrate control work.Learn to conduct necessary inspections and prepare complete and accurate technical reports.Learn to operate computer software, hardware and peripheral equipment.Understand and follow oral and written instructions.Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.Represent the department at industry and government meetings in a professional manner.Experience and Training GuidelinesAny combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:Experience:No experience is required.Training:Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in agriculture, chemistry, physics, engineer -ing or a related field.License or CertificatePossession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.Possession of, or ability to obtain, at least one State certification in agriculture weights and measures.ABSO IIIn addition to the qualifications for ABSO I:Knowledge of:Proper pesticide use and enforcement methods.Methods of control and eradication of various weeds and pests.Principles and practices of agricultural, weights and measures, air pollution control, vegetation and pest abatement, and hazardous waste programs.Types of weighing and measuring devices, and methods used in verifying the accuracy and content of packaged commodities.Methods, equipment, chemicals, and techniques used in spraying noxious weeds.Ability to:Work independently with a minimal supervision.Operate a variety of weights and measures devices in a safe and effective manner in routine situations.Mix and safely prepare solutions of poisonous and dangerous chemicals.Mix poison baits for vertebrate control work.Conduct necessary inspections and prepare complete and accurate technical reports.Enforce air pollution control rules and regulations.Operate computer software, hardware and peripheral equipment.Experience and Training GuidelinesAny combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:Experience:Two years of increasingly responsible experience in inspection and enforcement ofagriculture, and weights and measures programs.License or CertificatePossession of five of the State certifications in agriculture and weights and measures.ABSO IIIExperience:Three years of increasingly responsible experience in inspection and enforcement of agriculture and weights and measures programs.License or CertificatePossession of eight of the State certifications in agriculture and weights and measures.SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:ABOUT THE COUNTYThe County of Colusa is a general law county, nestled in the heart of the Sacramento Valley approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento and 100 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a vibrant community rich in history and tradition, offering a wonderful environment in which to live, work and play. The County, with approximately 22,000 residents, includes two incorporated cities: Colusa, which is the county seat, and Williams. The local economy is largely agriculturally based, producing crops valued at more than $900 million each year and exporting farm commodities throughout the United States and to about seventy countries worldwide.Colusa County's residents enjoy the best of both worlds: ready access to major metropolitan areas while taking advantage of affordable housing associated with the area's friendly, small town environment. The region is blessed with sweeping mountain vistas, open space, and clear skies.Some County government business is still conducted within the beloved Antebellum court house which was built in 1861 and has operated continuously ever since. The County's annual General Fund budget is approximately $35.7 million and the total budget is about $113.1 million. The workforce is comprised of 17 department heads and approximately 400 full-time equivalent positions. The County is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors, each of whom represents a district based on an equal representation of the County's population. The Board of Supervisors serve as the legislative body for Colusa County and provide policy direction for all branches of County government including the County Administrative Officer. Each Board member is elected to a four- year term by the voters in their district.Colusa County also offers many diverse outdoor recreational opportunities and is considered to be a sportsman's paradise. Portions of five national protected areas are located within the county including: the Butte Sink Wildlife Refuge, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Mendocino National Forest, and the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Recreational opportunities such as hiking, bird watching, camping, and water sports abound. The Sacramento River, which meanders through the County, along with local lakes, offer world class fishing.ABOUT THE COMMUNITYEstablished in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties created by the first state legislature , Colusa is centrally located approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento. Interstate 5 offers a north / south route through the county. Our location is approximately:* 2.5 hours from Lake Tahoe* One hour from downtown Sacramento* Three hours from the Fort Bragg-Mendocino coastline* Two hours from San FranciscoColusa County's economy is based on agriculture and agricultural-related businesses. As you travel throughout the basin floor, you'll see a variety of crops such as: alfalfa, almonds, Asian pears, beans, corn, cotton and rice.Our country roads are lined with various natural and man-made waterways where you'll see an abundance of wildlife, including, but not limited to: blue herons, cranes, deer, ducks, fox, geese, pheasants, possums, raccoons and swans.Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and come work for Colusa County!SALARY: (based on a 40 hour work week)ABSOI $3927-6447ABSOII $4337-7117ABSOIII $ 4788-7859The County of Colusa is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Colusa County encourages both incumbents and individuals who have been offered employment to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:http://www.countyofcolusa.com250 5th StreetColusa, CA 959325304580421Job Type: Full-timeWork Location: One location

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