Public Works Inspector – Extended

City of Portland, Oregon
May 10, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Public Works Inspectors are responsible for on-site inspection to enforce the contract plans and specifications for public works construction and repair projects, which may include inspecting sidewalks and mandating repairs.

Current vacancies are in the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Water Bureau. The eligible list for this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and the Portland Water Bureau.

What you'll get to do:

  • Review engineering plans, specifications and contract documents related to a wide variety of civil construction projects; comment and make recommendations and reports during pre-construction period; inform contractors of requirements.
  • Inspect and prepare daily reports on public works projects to ensuring contractor, personnel, and public safety.
  • Check amounts and types of materials and installations used; make progress reports and recommendations to supervisor for modifications or alterations; inspect underground utility installations for conformity to plans.
  • Provide final walk-through and measurement of work performed; ensure correctness and create payment documents; arrange for and monitor testing of materials.
  • If assigned to inspect sidewalk and mandate repairs, duties will include:
    1. Assess sidewalk for hazards.
    2. Prepare legal Affidavits, using Microsoft Visio to diagram hazards.
    3. Interact with property owners, or their representatives, and permittees, explaining the hazards and various repair methods.

Must be willing to work long hours in a noisy construction environment under potentially hazardous conditions and possess sufficient physical mobility, vision, hearing and speaking abilities related to the construction work requirements.

Who you are:

  • Organized: Able to work on a multitude of tasks and understand/respond to various situations in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Relationship Builder: An outgoing professional who values building trust, partnerships, and relationships to support an inclusive culture and accomplish objectives more effectively.
  • Dedicated: Have a passion for public service and hold a high level of pride in making sure that projects, tasks, and emergencies are effectively and efficiently completed
  • Excellent Communicator: You are a strong communicator to both technical and non-technical individuals, and proficient verbally and in writing.

This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, click here. Applicants start at the entry salary rate . If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative.

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, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, Carrot Fertility, 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.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in May 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045, requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. Employees have until May 4, 2023, to be in compliance with the new rule. For more information, click here.

To Qualify

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. Experience with the characteristics and capabilities of construction equipment and practices.
  2. Experience understanding and retaining verbal and written construction related information such as progress, dimensions, quantities, and instructions.
  3. Experience reading and comprehending technical documents such as survey notes, standard drawings, construction plans, specifications, codes, laws, contracts, procedure manuals, and inspection reports.
  4. Experience applying safety practices required within construction.
  5. Experience using math calculations associated with the computation or estimation of construction progress such as area, volume, and percentages.
  6. Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diversity of others and the ability to communicate technical information effectively to non-technical individuals.

Applicant must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their responses to the supplemental questions and resume, are 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.

Recruitment Timeline
Job Posting closes: Monday, May 15, 2023
Applications Reviewed: Week of May 15, 2023
Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of May 22, 2023
Selection Process Begins: Early June
Job Offer: Late June
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, 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.

Additional Information

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.

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.

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.

Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.

Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 5/15/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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