Public Works Inspector

Public Works Inspector (Full-Time)
Public Works Department

SALARY: $5,248 - $6,698 per month. 

FINAL FILING DATE: Open Until Filled. First review date of applications is October 19, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis with a second review date on January 5, 2022. Apply early. This position may close at any time without notice.

WORK SCHEDULE: 4 day workweek (Monday - Thursday)

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:  Under general direction, the purpose of this position is to plan, organize, oversee and personally participate in providing public works inspection services, such as projects related to grading, permits, subdivisions, pavement management and capital improvements; perform complex inspections in support of the Public Works Director/City Engineer; prepare a variety of operational, statistical, and activity reports; ensure that all federal, state and local regulatory requirements and plans, specifications, and departmental regulations are met; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff, if any; and perform related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES: The following duties are normal for this position. These are not construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews, and evaluates the work of lower-level and/or contract staff responsible for providing public works inspection services, either directly or through contract personnel; provides training and policy guidance and interpretation to same.
  • Assists in the development of plans and specifications for Capital Improvements Projects.
  • Reviews plans, specifications and permits for a variety of large-scale or complex public works infrastructure and capital improvement construction projects; attends pre-construction conferences to discuss work needs.
  • Inspects all phases of construction of public works and private development projects; inspects materials for identification as conforming to specifications and plans in accordance with City, County and State codes.
  • Confers with contractors and developers regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes; explains requirements and evaluates alternatives.
  • Issues change orders within guidelines and/or consults with engineering staff regarding problems and change alternatives.
  • Records amounts of materials used and work performed; selectively measures quantities of materials used; prepares necessary reports for progress payments.
  • Inspects adjacent properties and City right-of-way, to determine impacts of construction activities.
  • Investigates and participates in the resolution of resident complaints; prepares work orders in response to complaints; coordinates and confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience.
  • Schedules service interruptions with least interference and least inconvenience to properties.
  • Investigates and resolves contractor, owner-builder, and developer disputes.
  • Proactively seeks out persons performing work within the City right-of-way without permits and writes correction notices or issues administrative citations.
  • Coordinate and monitor the City's pavement management system; issues annual asphalt and concrete maintenance contracts.
  • Prepares, reviews, implements, and administers various public works contracts.
  • Prepares and maintains daily activity records and reports; investigates and prepares reports on special problems, technical data, and other designated subjects.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of current applicable codes, laws, standards, ordinances, policies and regulations, construction techniques and materials, and materials testing requirements; participates in on-going training.
  • Reviews and interprets codes and ordinances and recommends changes and additions, as needed; performs routine field tests, as needed.
  • Coordinates, trains, evaluates, and oversees the work consultants and assigns projects.
  • Ensures that staff and contractors provide a high degree of service to both internal and external customers that support achieving the department's and the City's mission, objectives, and values.
  • Explains standards and requirements given questions from City inspection staff and supervises field-testing.
  • Verifies and evaluates work of assigned staff for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Performs minor or temporary repairs.
  • Performs set-up for special events, meetings, and moves and arranges field equipment and barricades.
  • Acts as liaison between the City, contractors, other agencies and businesses and residents affected by projects; maintains communication among the parties and responds to and resolves issues and complaints or refers them to the proper office for resolution.
  • Prepares standard bid and document forms.
  • Consults with the Public Works Director/City Engineer and City legal staff regarding legal aspects of infrastructure construction matters.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, correction notices, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Maintains accurate records and files.
KNOWLEDGE:
  • Principles and practices of contract management and supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of contractors in work procedures.
  • Materials, methods, principles, and practices used in public work construction, including streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, drainage, streetlights and related facilities and appurtenances.
  • Principles and practices of public works construction inspection.
  • Practices of construction contract administration and payment in a public agency setting.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, regulations, and departmental policies governing construction practices.
  • Technical principles and practices of engineering design, specification, and cost estimate preparation.
  • Defects and faults in construction, landscaping, and related systems.
  • Materials sampling, testing, and estimating procedures.
  • Engineering mechanics of construction.
  • Weed abatement programs.
  • Pavement management systems.
  • Basic groundwater issues in a hillside community.
  • Mathematical principals including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Standard plans and specifications, including the Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (“Greenbook”), and County standard plans.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in the area of public works maintenance and inspection.
  • General principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • Techniques for dealing with the engineers, developers, contractors, City staff, and representatives of other agencies in an effective manner.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.
ABILITIES/SKILLS:
  • Plan, organize, assign, coordinate, and evaluate the work of City contractors.
  • Inspect large and complex capital improvement and public works projects to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain applicable laws, regulations, codes, and departmental policies governing the construction and maintenance of public works and landscape areas.
  • Review and authorize change orders, claims and progress payments within specific procedural guidelines.
  • Provide technical engineering review and process assistance to City staff.
  • Detect and locate faulty materials and workmanship and determine the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied.
  • Review and analyze construction plans, specifications, and maps for conformance with City standards and policies.
  • Coordinate and deal tactfully with contractors, engineers, landscape architects and property owners.
  • Inspect assigned areas for a wide variety of maintenance, repair, and risk management issues.
  • Respond to complaints or inquiries from citizens, staff, and outside organizations.
  • Assist with the preparation of biddable specifications for a variety of public works construction.
  • Develop cost estimates and budgets for public review.
  • Perform the entire range of construction inspection activities with a minimum of supervision.
  • Research, write, and recommend programs and schedules including requests for proposals and budgets.
  • Make accurate mathematic computations.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports, correspondence, change orders, specifications and other written materials.
  • Represent the department and the City effectively in meetings with other departments, public and private organizations and individuals.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safe.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
EXPERIENCE/TRAINING/EDUCATION: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Equivalent to completion of two (2) years of college-level courses or technical school training in construction technology, construction inspection, or construction management, or a related field.
  • Four (4) years of construction inspection experience, including contract administration experience. Experience in a public agency setting is desirable.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability to work in a standard office environment requiring prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, crouching and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
  • Occasional pushing, pulling, dragging and lifting office items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Movements frequently and regularly require using the wrists, hands and fingers to operate computers and office equipment.
  • Willingness to work variable hours including weekends and/or holidays.
  • Ability to hear and convey detailed or important instructions or information verbally and accurately.
  • Average visual acuity to prepare and read documents.
  • Ability to communicate with both the public and co-workers in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to travel to different sites and locations.
  • Ability to inspect various City infrastructure and development sites, including climbing ladders, stairs and other temporary or construction points.
  • Exposed to outdoor conditions and loud noise levels, cold and/or hot temperatures, vibration, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards when conducting field work.
  • Adapt to standard office sounds generated by office equipment as well as standard noise levels resulting from communication with co-workers and the general public.

NOTE:  The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provision contained herein may be changed without notice.

THE CITY OF STANTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, genetic status or any other legally protected status.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE: Applications obtained at StantonCA.gov. A City Employment Application must be completed and submitted along with résumés to: Human Resources, City of Stanton, 7800 Katella Ave, Stanton, CA 90680 or via e-mail to HR@StantonCA.gov. Résumés or references to a résumé will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City application. Applications will be reviewed carefully, and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the application and selection process to accommodate persons with a qualified disability. Please advise the Human Resources Department in writing in advance of the selection process, including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodations as well as documentation from a qualified authority of the requirements needed to participate in the selection process.

IMMIGRATION LAW: In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States is required prior to the employment start date.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Once an employment offer has been made, all candidates will participate in a confidential background investigation, have their fingerprints reviewed by the Department of Justice and be required to take a pre-employment medical exam which may include a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.

ABOUT THE CITY: The City of Stanton, incorporated in 1956, is located in West Orange County and is adjacent to the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Garden Grove. The city has a land area of 3.1 square miles and a current population of approximately 39,000. The City of Stanton is a drug-free workplace and there is a no smoking policy within the City offices and vehicles.