Biologist/Standards Specialist I/II/III/...
County of San Mateo - San Mateo County, CA

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Biologist/Standards Specialists work in the office of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, providing a variety of environmental and consumer protection services throughout the County. Duties include field inspections and investigations related to the enforcement of laws and regulations governing pesticide use, plant quarantine, fruit and vegetable quality standards and the certification of weighing and measuring devices for accuracy. The work schedule for this position may include early morning hours and weekend assignments.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college in agriculture or biological sciences and a working knowledge in the enforcement of agricultural laws and regulations. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a strong ability to write and maintain reports and communicate effectively with the public, co-workers, consumers and industry representatives to provide information or obtain compliance with enforcement actions.

Appointment to this position may be made at any level, depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Note: The current vacancy is an unclassified position. Unclassified positions are not covered by the Civil Service Rules. The list created from this recruitment, however, may be used to fill unclassified/classified vacancies, as well as Extra-help assignments.

Examples Of Duties:
Biologist/Standards Specialist I - IV (all levels)
License: Possession of a class C driver license or equivalent.
Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college with major work in agricultural, biological or physical sciences, or other appropriate disciplines as determined by the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Biologist/Standards Specialist II - IV
Experience and Licenses: Experience in the enforcement of agricultural and/or weights and measures laws and regulations and licensure by the CDFA in agriculture or weights and measures inspection. (See supplemental application for specific information.)

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%) which may include a writing and/or performance exercise(s) given before, during or after the interview. Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the examination process. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date: January 17, 2013
Application Screening: January 24, 2013
Panel Interviews: February 6 and/or 7, 2013

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kelly Yip Hoang (010413) (Biologist/Standards Specialist I/II/III/IV - J062/J063/J064/J065)

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