Senior Public Works Inspector - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/25/2022

This recruitment will remain open for six (6) months. The next application review will consist of all applications received by 12/12/2022 at 11:59PM.

The City of Portland is excited to announce openings for Senior Public Works Inspectors

Senior Public Works Inspectors are responsible for enforcing regulations and codes relating to public works construction projects and municipal specifications and contracts, ensuring quality of construction, monitoring safety on project sites. Specific public works projects may include utility installations, underground sewer or water pipeline construction, pump station and wastewater treatment plant construction, water quality facility construction, and complete street building which includes all concrete and paving installations or other transportation infrastructure projects.

What you’ll get to do:
  • Provide lead direction, mentoring, training, problem-solving, work assignments for other inspectors
  • Coordinate inspection tasks of great complexity, that may be demanding and operationally sensitive including extensive scheduling and coordination among project stakeholders
  • Foster relationships with community-based organizations, elected officials, civic and community leaders that lead to positive engagement of the community
  • Conduct final inspections and inspections tasks on major construction projects and prepare daily reports on public works projects to ensure contractor, personnel, and public safety.
  • Provide reviews of project documentation including inspection documentation, As-builts, design reviews, contractor submittals and Request for Information (RFI’s)
  • Work independently in noisy construction environments, under potentially hazardous conditions and possess sufficient physical mobility, vision, hearing and speaking abilities related to construction work requirements.

There are currently vacancies within the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). This list may be utilized to fill future vacancies within the bureaus previously listed. For specific bureau vacancy information, see below.

This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) . To view this labor agreement, click here.

About the Bureaus:

The Water Bureau: The Sr. Inspector in PWB will not supervise but will provide oversight of Inspector I work. The group they will be joining is approximately 13 Inspection staff 9 permanent and 4 contract Inspectors. They will be working the Construction Management group of 14 people, working on diverse projects in PWB. Projects will include City work in the right of away as well as providing Inspections in the Bull Run Water Shed.

The Bureau of Environmental Services: This position will be responsible for providing lead direction to assigned Inspector(s) and conducting final inspections related to Treatment plant, Pump station and R.OW. work. The work may include electrical, mechanical, structural, and civil construction. This position will work within project teams problem-solving, mentoring assigned inspector(s) on work assignments and are responsible for enforcing regulations and codes, specifications and contracts related to assigned projects ensuring safe, cost-effective, quality construction.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation: The Sr. PW Inspector may be assigned to either the Engineering Services Division - Construction, Inspection & Pavement (CIPM) section, or the Utility Construction Inspection Division - Utility Inspection section. The CIPM section is responsible for all the Capital Improvement (CIP), Local Improvement District (LID), Fix Our Streets (FOS) projects PBOT builds each year which may include roads, bridges, culverts, light rail, retaining walls, ADA ramps, traffic and pedestrian signals, installation of permanent signs and striping to name a few. This position is responsible for inspecting all these projects, making all necessary field measurements, documenting and reporting all the work in detail, taking pictures of project site conditions and activities before, during and after construction, making biweekly installation sheets or pay notes, being onsite and representing the City to the public for any impacts the project may have, enforcing construction and safety standards with the contractors, providing communication to project team and other project stakeholders, rejecting materials and construction practices that are not compliant to City Standard Construction Specifications.

The Utility Inspection section enforces permit requirements set by multiple groups within PBOT, in addition to providing permit inspection services to BES and Water Bureau for restoration inspection. This group enforces City Code and Administrative Rules related to the right-of-way and ensures that the public right-of-way remains safe for the travelling public by enforcing proper restoration standards and implementation of traffic control plans. In addition, the Utility Inspection section responds to citizen complaints about misuse of the public right-of-way.

To perform this work, it is required for the inspectors to have knowledge of electrical, mechanical, structural, and civil construction. It is also required for the inspectors to maintain several inspection certifications from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to meet inspection requirements for projects with federal funding.

An Ideal Candidate will have general knowledge of inspecting ADA ramps, experience applying traffic control principles, and experience inspecting Federal Aid Projects.

City of Portland Core Values:

Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location. Applicants must provide details in their supplemental question responses and resume that demonstrate how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of construction survey practices and how they are used in the field
  2. Experience reviewing and interpreting construction practices, methods/processes including creating daily inspection reports and pay notes. (Although not required, experience with eBuilder is desired)
  3. Experience reviewing and interpreting technical construction documents such as: construction plans, standard drawings, specifications, codes, laws, and contracts
  4. Experience interacting effectively, problem-solving and partnering with internal and external stakeholders such as: project teams, contractors, engineering and field personnel, citizens, and community groups
  5. Experience leading inspection personnel and/or as the lead inspector on complex public works projects
  6. Experience using math calculations associated with the computation or estimation of construction progress such as area, volume, and percentages. (Although not required, experience with PDF marking and editing software such as Adobe Pro is desired)
Applicants also must possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire
  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire
  • Some positions may require additional endorsements, certifications, or licenses

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Activity Schedule:
  • Job Posting closes: December 12, 2022
  • Next review period: December 12, 2022
  • Eligible List/Notices Generated: Week of December 19, 2022
  • 1st Round of Interviews: Late October
This is an open continuous recruitment: Open Continuous recruitments have multiple review periods and can be opened for up to 6 months.
  • If you apply and are notified you meet minimum qualifications/placed on the eligible list, please do not reapply. Any applications received after being placed on the eligible list will not be reviewed and will be rejected as a duplicate application.
  • If you apply and are notified you do not meet qualifications and the recruitment is still open, you may reapply and update your materials.
  • The selection/interview process will take place periodically during this recruitment process. You will be contacted directly by the bureau if you are selected to participated in the selection process.
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online, as well as answer the supplemental questions specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$40.17 - $47.34 Hourly
Salary Type

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