Director of Weights and Measures

Job Description

A Director of Weights and Measures is responsible for:

  • Administering and enforcing the provisions of Agriculture and Markets Law, Rules and Regulations as they relate to weights and measures
  • Performs other duties as directed by the local governing body which may include services designed to aid and protect consumers.

The Director will:

  • Take charge of and safely keep the municipal standards as prescribed by statute, and maintain a complete record of work performed.
  • Exercise all the powers of a peace officer and have access to all places of business, buildings or premises to inspect, test and ascertain if weights and measures, weighing and measuring devices and systems and accessories are correct and being used correctly.
  • Supervise part-time or seasonal assistants as assigned.

Although employed by the local legislative body, the Director is subject to the direction and supervision of the Commissioner of Agriculture and markets, and his authorized representatives.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education,


  • (1) Satisfactory completion of 24 semester credit hours in the physical sciences*, engineering sciences, electronics sciences**, mechanical technology and/or mathematics*** from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university;


  • (2) Two (2) years full-time experience where the primary functions/responsibilities include any one of the following:
    1. Enforcing weights and measures laws and regulations and inspecting and testing of devices and packaged commodities;
    2. Inspecting, testing and repairing commercial and/or industrial weighing and/or measuring devices per manufacturer's specifications and tolerances;
    3. Inspecting and testing both quality and quantity of packaged or manufactured goods using precision scales/balances and other precision measuring equipment, performing data reduction, and assessing compliance of the results with appropriate specifications and tolerances;
    4. Conducting chemical or physical analyses using precision scales/balances and other precision measuring equipment, performing data reduction, and assessing compliance of results with the appropriate specifications and tolerances;


  • (3) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined within the limits of (A) and (B).

*Physical sciences include chemistry (inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry), earth science (meteorology, astronomy, geology) and physics.

**Electronics sciences do not include course work in electricity; electricity is a science that deals with the laws of electricity, while electronics is a branch of physics that deals with the emission, behavior, and effects of electrons (in tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices.

***Mathematics includes course work in accounting, economics, etc., provided primary focus of the course is manipulation of numbers.