Job Posting: Special Investigator

Department of Food & Agriculture

Special Investigator

$5,159.00 - $8,031.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

The hiring unit has established the following internal cut-off dates for this Job Control:

  • September 29, 2023
  • October 31, 2023
  • November 30, 2023
  • December 29, 2023
  • January 31, 2024
  • February 29, 2024


Applications will be reviewed after each date listed above, and selections can be made. However, the Job Control will remain open until the vacancy is filled. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.


Enforcement and Investigation

• Responsible for County investigation programs of larger, regional, or statewide enforcement fraud and product quality violations.

• Determine the appropriate investigative scope and legal remedy for violations of weights and measures laws when found to occur.

• Ensure compliance through criminal and civil actions as specified by the Business and Professions Code.

Investigative and Technical Activities

• Provide formal and field training, guidance, and coordination for county weights and measures officials responsible for enforcement of weights and measures laws and regulations.

• Direct and coordinate local and other investigators as necessary to document the scope of widespread violations.

• Review investigative work and reports of local officials, observe technical procedures being followed, train, issue instructions, and give advice on how to improve their work as required in the Business and Professions Code.

• Conduct surveys of marketplace conditions at both local and regional levels and inform local jurisdictions of their relative condition and provide meaningful direction, assistance, and advice regarding benefits or needs, as required by the Business and Professions Code.

Program Administration 

• Analyze needs in development of program policies, guidelines, and regulations. Develop and evaluate technical program training materials, investigation procedures, technical and investigative training materials, and field operational documents.

• Draft program correspondence, interpretations, positions, and inquiries. Inform management of requests, comments, and needs involving the public and local weights and measures officials.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are generally performed at the Division of Measurement Standards Anaheim office. Occasionally irregular work hours are required. Contact with difficult or irate individuals may occur. There are times when assignments dictate working in extreme weather conditions or in physical locations that are cramped, unlit or possibly unsafe.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Special Investigator
$5,159.00 - $6,099.00 A
$5,888.00 - $7,303.00 B
$6,461.00 - $8,031.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Orange County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Enforcement of California Weights and Measures laws and regulations is the responsibility of the Division of Measurement Standards. The Division of Measurement Standards is comprised of two branches: Laboratories Branch and the Enforcement Branch. The Divisions activities are designed to ensure the accuracy of commercial weighing and measuring devices; verify the quantity of both bulk and packaged commodities; and enforce quality, advertising and labeling standards for fuels, lubricants, and automotive products. Ensuring fair competition for industry and accurate value comparison for consumers are primary functions of the county/state programs. The Division maintains offices in Sacramento, Anaheim, and Fresno.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

Applicants MUST submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) addressing each of the following:

1. Please detail, in a clear and concise manner, specific examples of your knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your qualifications to perform the duties of a Special Investigator for the Division of Measurement Standards.

2. Quantify and qualify your experience and training as they directly relate to the position requirements outlined in this job announcement.

The Statement of Qualifications should be no longer than two pages, single spaced, a minimum size Arial 12-point, and have your name clearly printed at the top of all ages.

Your resume is not considered a substitute for the SOQ. Application packages without the required Statement of Qualifications will not be considered.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-388478
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-388478
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-388478
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Free parking in the private lot is available.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Joelle Panugaling
(916) 206-2743

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail