Public Works Inspector I/II

City of Davis | Davis, CA

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Posted Date 6/23/2022

Salary: $62,108.80 - $83,033.60 Annually

A limited term employee is a person hired or appointed by the City to perform the job duties of a job classification for a defined project or assignment of not less than six (6) months and not more than two (2) years’ duration. Such employees shall be entitled to health, dental, vision and life insurance. Limited term employees are eligible for membership in the applicable bargaining unit to which the limited term classification is assigned and are subject to the same dues deduction provisions applicable to all other bargaining unit employees (additional information can be provided upon request)

City of Davis


To inspect work quality and materials used in a variety of public works, municipal building, parks and private development construction projects to ensure conformance with approved plans, specifications and departmental regulations; to inspect municipal buildings and parks to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications; and to maintain records and prepare reports pertaining to projects inspected.


Public Works Inspector I: This is an entry level class in the Public Works Inspector Series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of duties as assigned to the journey level class within this series. This class is typically used as a training class in that incumbents have only limited related work experience. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Public Works Inspector II: This is the full journey level class within the Public Works Inspector series, and is distinguished from the I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned with only minimal instruction or assistance. Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Public Works Inspector I class.


Public Works Inspector I

Receives immediate supervision from the Public Works Inspection Supervisor. May receive technical and functional supervision from the Public Works Inspector II.

Public Works Inspector II
Receives immediate supervision from the Public Works Inspection Supervisor.

May exercise technical or functional supervision over lower level staff.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Inspect various construction projects involving; sidewalk, curb, gutter, sanitary sewer, storm drain, water distribution systems, traffic signals, irrigation and landscaping, street pavement, municipal buildings, park facilities, traffic control devices, and erosion control devices for accurate horizontal location and vertical elevation, to determine compliance with approved plans and specifications, and conformance with City, State and Federal regulations.

Review construction plans, specifications, encroachment permits, and other plans affecting assigned projects; participate in meetings to discuss construction details and resolve issues with contactors, developers, other agencies and City engineering staff.

Provide extensive on-site observations of work in progress to identify potential defects and deficiencies in the work and to ensure that safety procedures are followed.

Perform routine materials and field tests to assure materials conform to job specifications. Inspect materials for identification and conformance to specifications. Take samples of materials for examination or analysis by laboratories and review test results to identify possible deficiencies.

Inspect work quality and materials used in a variety of public works projects to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications, codes and ordinances.

Record amounts of materials used and work performed; prepare necessary reports for progress payments and prepare activity records and daily job diaries.

Identify and recommend approval of necessary contract, or plan adjustments to accommodate changed field conditions.

Coordinate design alterations between city staff and the developer.

Monitor, inspect, and approve completion of work done under an encroachment permit; ensure that all specified conditions are met.

Investigate and respond to inquiries, or complaints related to construction activity.

Record as-built information on plans for use as record drawings.

Perform simple surveying tasks such as horizontal and vertical layout.

Schedule and prioritize inspection of multiple encroachment permits, land development projects and capital improvement projects.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principals of good customer service.


Perform related duties as assigned.


Public Works Inspector I
Knowledge of:

Basic mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as applied to construction inspection work.

Approved procedures, techniques, equipment, tools, materials, and safety practices associated with the construction and repair of streets, storm drains, sewers, water distribution systems, buildings, parks and related municipal facilities.

Proper record keeping methods and procedures.

Laws, ordinances, and regulations related to public works construction.

Principles and practices of customer service, including conflict resolution

Principles and practices of work and traffic safety.

Basic construction surveying practices.

Basic software related to job tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and scheduling software.

Ability to:

On a continuous basis, analyze operations of construction projects in the field; identify underground service alert; interpret maps and reports; compare underground construction materials and construction methods to standard specifications and job specifications, and observe safety precautions.

Learn applicable laws, regulations, codes and departmental policies governing the construction of assigned projects.

Understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications and prepare accurate engineering records.

Read and analyze plans, maps and reports to determine project requirements.

Utilize engineering and hand-held tools to process information and determine elevations and horizontal locations of improvements in the field.

Represent the city in an effective, professional manner.

Prepare correspondence and technical reports, maintain records and write reports.

Operate computer terminals and other office equipment; use software related to job tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases or scheduling.

Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers and property owners.

Detect and locate faulty materials and poor work quality and determine the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied.

Utilize proper inspection techniques to examine the quality of work and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices.

Communicate clearly and concisely with customers, clients or the public in face-to-face one-to-one settings, using a telephone, or in group settings, and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


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


Two years of increasingly responsible experience in public works inspection, or a related field.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by courses in geometry, trigonometry, algebra or a related field.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate California driver's license.

Public Works Inspector II

In addition to the qualifications required for Public Works Inspector I above:

Knowledge of:

Defects and faults in construction, materials and method of engineering construction.

Basic knowledge of engineered structures.

Basic soil mechanics and geology.

Principles of engineering as applied to construction inspection.

Ability to:

Observe or monitor people's behavior, objects, or data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.

Advise on standard construction methods and requirements.

Instruct or train others.

Work independently without supervision.

Work effectively on multiple duties/assignments.

Maintain effective, courteous and tactful working relationships with the public and handle difficult situations that may arise.



Two years of increasingly responsible experience similar to a Public Works Inspector I with a private or governmental agency.


Specialized coursework in the construction profession related to legal, technical or administrative issues.


Possession of a Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator Certificate from the State of California, or ability to obtain within one year of employment at the Public Works Inspector II level.


Walk around job sites; kneel and bend while reviewing infrastructure; climb in and out of trenches; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.

Works both inside and outside with exposure to varying weather conditions – heat, cold, wind, rain, etc. along with odors, fumes, dust and pollen. Ability to see well enough to read fine print on documents, and computer screens.


In accordance with the City of Davis Vaccination and Testing Policy, all City employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment and proof of vaccination will be required prior to the first day of employment.  The City will comply with legal requirements regarding consideration of medical or religious exemption requests and will conduct an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made in the event an exemption request is approved.  Please contact Human Resources to request a copy of the policy if you have questions. 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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