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Series established February 2, 1982
This series specification describes two levels of Quantity Control Specialists used in the Division of Measurement Standards, Department of Food and Agriculture. These classes are used to administer the inspection and enforcement provisions of the Business and Professions Code and the California Administrative Code pertaining to the quantity control of commodities in packages or containers and to the accuracy of bulk sales of commodities weighed or measured at the time of sale.
Incumbents in these classes perform or supervise inspections and investigations and assist County Sealers of Weights and Measures in the enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to the weight, measure or numerical count of commodities in packages or containers; develop new procedures for testing prepackaged commodities and conduct tests of commodities in all categories; assist, advise, and consult county weights and measures officials in solving the more difficult quantity control problems; direct or conduct intercounty inspections or investigations; make special investigations and recommendations as to the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to quantity control; gather evidence, conduct informal investigative hearings; develop and prosecute criminal and civil cases; coordinate program activities with county weights and measure officials and with other Federal, State, and county agencies involved in similar areas of responsibility; confer with and advise industry and consumer representatives on the proper interpretation of rules, regulations, and laws pertaining to quantity control; conduct evaluations and prepare reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of county quantity control enforcement programs; make speeches, prepare correspondence and reports.
Level and variety of work assigned, independence of action; degree of responsibility, supervision received and exercised, public contact, complexity and sensitivity of special projects assigned, responsibility by geographic area.
This is the entry, training and first working level. Incumbents work: (1) under close supervision to become familiar with quantity control inspection and enforcement work by performing a variety of less complex tasks; and (2) under general supervision, perform work of average difficulty that does not include the complete range of varied and difficult assignments.
The Quantity Control Specialist II is considered the full journey level, and under direction, in an assigned area, incumbents functionally supervise, train, assist, advise and evaluate county quantity control inspection and investigation programs and staff; and have independent responsibility for the most complex filed inspection, investigation and enforcement activities.
Education: Successful completion of the equivalent of 60 semester units including at least 16 semester units in any of the following: criminal justice, mathematics, engineering, statistics, physical science, chemistry or physics.
Experience: Six months of experience performing the duties of an Agricultural Service Technician II, Range B, in the California state service. and
Experience: Equivalent to the completion of nine semester units of college level course work in criminal justice, mathematics, engineering, statistics, physical science, chemistry, or physics.
Two years of responsible experience in one or a combination of the following fields with at least one year of experience at a level of responsibility equivalent to Quantity Control Specialist I, Range A:
1. Enforcement or technical experience in the administration of State or Federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to weights and measures.
2. Packaging engineering or statistical quantity control work.
One year in the California state service performing duties in the class of Quantity Control Specialist I, Range B.
Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience in one or a combination of the following fields with at least one year of experience at a level of responsibility equivalent to Quantity Control Specialist I, Range B:
1. Enforcement or technical experience in the administration of State or Federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to weights and measures. or
Knowledge of: Basic principles of chemistry and physics, basic lab procedures and techniques, principles of statistics, basics of algebra and geometry; basic investigative techniques.
Ability to: Interpret and apply laws and regulations relating to quantity control; learn and apply formal investigation techniques and procedures, rules of evidence and court procedures; prepare concise and complete reports; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contact in the work; prepare correspondence.
Knowledge of: All of the above in practice and application; laws and regulations relating to quantity control and terminology used in quantity control work, investigation techniques and procedures; rules of evidence and court procedures; and techniques of training and supervision.
Ability to: All of the above, and plan, organize, conduct and/or direct complex quantity control investigations; coordinate investigations with related agencies, determine sufficiency and validity of evidence necessary to prosecute violations of the Code, hold informal hearings, functionally train and coordinate the work of State and County employees; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; advise counties in the implementation of their quantity control enforcement programs; draft and revise rules, regulations, test procedures and instructions; speak effectively before groups; review and evaluate the work of others and give guidance and counsel on work methods and procedures.
Objectivity, dependability, diplomacy, tact; accuracy; keenness of observation and perceptiveness; possession of a valid California driver's license; willingness to work irregular hours at various locations throughout the State; and willingness to travel.