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Public Works Inspector I/II

Company: Rohnert Park City
Location: Rohnert Park
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

The Position

The City of Rohnert Park Development Services and Public Works Departments are in need of an additional inspector with the increased projected workflow for both capital improvement projects and private developments. We are seeking a Public Works Inspector I/II to assist with increased departmental workload.


To be considered for this opportunity, please visit "Job Opportunities" at for an online application and the required supplemental questionnaire. Work history must include all employment for the last ten years. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.


You may submit a resume or other relevant documents to further describe your qualifications; however, "See Resume" will not meet the requirements to submit a complete application, including employment history, or be accepted in lieu of responses to supplemental questions. If you need assistance applying online, please click on the Application Help/FAQ's link:


Under direct or general supervision, performs a variety of duties involved in inspecting the workmanship and materials used in a variety of public works construction and capital improvement projects of City infrastructure, such as encroachment, grading, landscaping, traffic control, water quality, and public safety; ensures conformance with applicable Federal and State laws, codes, ordinances, plans, specifications, and departmental regulations; and performs related duties as assigned.


Receives direct or general supervision from the Deputy City Engineer. Exercises no direct supervision over staff. May exercise technical and functional direction over and provide training to lower-level staff.


Public Works Inspector I: This isthe entry-level class in the public works inspection series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents with basic public works construction and/or inspection experience perform work such as maintaining inspection records, performing basic public works construction and capital improvement project inspections, and conducting field observations and inspections. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the II level but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. Since this class is often used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.

Public Works InspectorII:This is the full journey-level class in the Public Works inspection series. Incumbents perform the full range of technical work in all of the following areas: inspecting the workmanship and materials used in a variety of public works projects, ensuring conformance with plans, specifications and departmental regulations, and directing and guiding contractors to achieve quality control and proper use of materials. Positions at this level are distinguished from the I level by the performance of the full range of duties, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the engineering class series in that the latter is a professional level requiring completion of a four-year degree.

Positions in the Public Works Inspector class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the II level are normally filled by advancement from the I level requiring two (2) additional years of experience and after gaining the knowledge, skill, and experience which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class. When filled from the outside, three (3) years of prior related experience that meet the qualification standards for the II level is required.

Ideal Candidate


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Inspects all phases of a variety of public works, infrastructure, and capital improvementconstruction projectsfor conformance with plans, specifications, contract provisions, and safe work practices in accordance with City, County, and State codes; inspects materials for identification; performs routine field tests as needed.
  • Reviews plans and specifications of assigned construction projects, including streets, storm drains, curbs, gutters and sidewalks, street and alley pavement and grading, and water and wastewater distribution, collection, and treatment systems installation and repair projects.
  • Records amounts of materials used and work performed; prepares necessary reports for progress payments.
  • Inspects adjacent properties for damage from construction activity.
  • Confers with contractors and developers regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes; explains requirements and evaluates alternatives.
  • Consults with engineering staff regarding problems and change alternatives.
  • Prepares and maintains daily inspection reports, progress payments, change orders, claims, and other written documentation.
  • Takes samples of materials used; performs basic tests or submits to testing laboratories to ensure appropriate composition.
  • Conducts pre-construction meetings with contractors and developers.
  • Investigates resident complaints; confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience.
  • Schedules service interruptions with least interference and least inconvenience to properties.
  • Inspects City sidewalks and asphalt roads for hazards in need of repair; measures and records displacements; submits locations for repair.
  • 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 work orders in response to complaints.
  • Prepares general construction and site improvement specification and plan review.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, correction notices, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

In performing the duties described above, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Provide outstanding and friendly customer service.
  • Create and maintain a respectful and collaborative working environment.
  • Communicate honestly and behave in a manner that is ethical, legal and fiscally responsible.
  • Demonstrate care for the organization, customers, and coworkers.
  • Perform work of the highest quality possible.
  • Practice and encourage initiative and innovation to improve the workplace.

Qualifications and Requirements


  • Materials, methods, principles, and practices used in public works construction, including streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, drainage, streetlights, and related facilities and appurtenances.
  • Principles and practices of public works construction inspection.
  • Basic practices of construction contract administration in a public agency setting.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including administrative and department policies and procedures.
  • Technical principles and practices of engineering design, specification, and cost estimate preparation.
  • Defects and faults in construction.
  • Materials sampling, testing, and estimating procedures.
  • Mathematical principles and theories.
  • Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.


  • Inspect standard capital improvement and public works projects to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Detect and locate faulty materials and workmanship and determining the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied.
  • Review and analyze construction plans, specifications, maps, and legal descriptions for conformance with City standards and policies.
  • Coordinate activities with multiple contractors, engineers, and property owners.
  • Respond to complaints or inquiries from citizens, staff, and outside organizations.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records; prepare clear and concise technical reports.
  • Make accurate mathematical, financial, and statistical computations.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and applications.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Public Works Inspector I/II: Equivalent to an associate degree from an accredited college in civil engineering, drafting, surveying, mathematics, or related field.

Public Works Inspector I: One (1) year of increasingly responsiblepublic agency engineering, public works infrastructure construction, inspection, or related experience.

Public Works Inspector I/II: Three (3) years of increasingly responsiblepublic agency engineering, public works infrastructure construction, inspection, or related experience, or two (2) years of experience equivalent to Public Works Inspector I at the City of Rohnert Park.


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record.

Additional Information


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing, walking and/or driving a motor vehicle between work areas and to conduct inspections may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


Employees partly work in the office and partly in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Keywords: Rohnert Park City, Rohnert Park , Public Works Inspector I/II, Other , Rohnert Park, California

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