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Under general direction, in an assigned area, to supervise and coordinate the operations of districts engaged in the inspection of fruits and vegetables for compliance with the processing fruit and vegetable standards of the Agricultural and Administrative Codes; and to do other related work.
This class is established to comply with the provisions of Government Code Sections 20336 and 22754 which provide for certain fringe benefits. Employment in this class is on a noncareer basis.
Supervises and coordinates the inspection operations of inspection districts within an area; ensures uniformity in inspections between districts for compliance with the processing fruit and vegetable standards of the Agricultural and Administrative Codes; discusses and settles difficult disputes between growers and processors; confers with groups representing growers, shippers, and processors; recommends and implements policy in the enforcement of the provisions of the processing fruit and vegetable standards; reviews and approves hiring and staffing schedules; recommends on location of inspection stations; reassigns inspectors between districts to meet changes in workload; reviews employee evaluation; evaluates staff performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; requisitions and controls supplies and equipment used in an area; maintains records and prepares detailed reports.
Experience: Completion of five consecutive seasons of California state service in the Processing Fruit and Vegetable Inspector (Seasonal) series and an appointment as a Processing Fruit and Vegetable Inspector IV (Seasonal) or a Processing Fruit and Vegetable Inspector III (Permanent Intermittent).
Knowledge of: Methods of harvesting, transporting, and inspecting fruits and vegetables for processing; their defects, and standards as established in the Agricultural and Administrative Codes; inspection methods and procedures; organization and policies of the Fruit and Vegetable Standardization Branch; principles of personnel management and supervision.
Ability to: Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate an area inspection program; interpret and apply sections of Agricultural and Administrative Codes as they pertain to fruits and vegetables for processing; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with processors and growers; prepare clear and accurate reports.
Keenness of observation; tact; willingness to travel and to work irregular hours; normal vision or vision corrected to normal; and color vision adequate to successfully perform the job as measured by the Ishihara Pseudo-Chromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test.