Job Specifications


Job Code: 081000

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 24

Occupational Category: Protective Services

Effective Date: 09/03/2017

Class Definition: Investigation, law enforcement, and education work involving the regulation of liquor licensees and enforcement of liquor and tobacco laws for the Department of Liquor Control. Duties include investigation of license applications, inspection of licensees for compliance, investigation of violations, and educational presentations concerning the use and effects of alcohol and tobacco. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Liquor Control Investigator Supervisor. However, incumbents may receive supervision and /or assignments from any Liquor Control Investigator Supervisor and/or the Director of Education, Licensing and Enforcement.

Examples of Work: Makes periodic inspections of licensed premises to determine compliance with the rules, regulations and laws pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in the State. Secures information, gathers evidence, makes arrests and assists in the prosecution of violators. Investigates alleged or suspected cases of unlawful manufacturing or transporting of alcoholic beverages and makes arrests for criminal law violations as appropriate. Investigates applicants for licenses and writes reports of findings and recommendations. Conducts seminars directed to licensees and their staff to inform them of the liquor control laws and regulations and their civil and criminal liabilities. Visits schools to speak to students and advise them on the nature of alcohol and their responsibilities and liabilities under the laws. Performs breakage audits at the wholesale licensee level to verify accuracy of wholesalers' report for tax rebates. May perform undercover work on special assignment. Investigates character and background of licensee applicants and applicants for Vermont Adult Identification Cards. Performs related work as required.

Environmental Factors:

Work involves field inspection and investigation of licensees and license applications for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Travel within an assigned district in which the Investigator resides is a continuous part of the job, for which private means of transportation may be required. Travel outside of the Investigator's assigned area may also be encountered. Frequent visits to licensed and non-licensed establishments are made, which may involve contact with intoxicated or unruly persons. Stress may be encountered in confronting licensees or patrons when violations of laws or regulations are observed. The risk of physical harm is present, although physical violence is not frequently encountered. Patience and tact are required to achieve compliance with regulations while causing a minimum amount of disruption.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of investigatory principles and techniques.

Working knowledge of techniques and procedures for the gathering and preservation of evidence.

Awareness of State Liquor Control laws and regulations.

Awareness of training principles and practices.

Ability to restrain assaultive persons in order to prevent injury to self or others.

Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations of moderate complexity.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to take direction and complete assignments from superiors, including Liquor Control Investigator Supervisors and/or the Director of Education, Licensing and Enforcement.

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or equivalent AND three (3) years or more of experience as an investigator in an enforcement or compliance role, or as a law enforcement officer.


Two (2) years or more of full-time college coursework or an associate's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, investigations or a closely related field AND one (1) year or more of experience as an investigator in an enforcement or compliance role, or as a law enforcement officer.

Special Requirements:

Must be a level III certified officer or able to obtain a level III certification from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council within six (6) months.

Non-Lethal force instructor

Residency in the coverage area is required.

Mental and physical condition appropriate to successfully perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.

This job class is subject to mandatory age 55 retirement per Vermont statute.