County of Alameda

Public Works Inspector I, Facilities (#2170)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$38.61-$45.90 Hourly / $3,088.80-$3,672.00 BiWeekly /
$6,692.40-$7,956.00 Monthly / $80,308.80-$95,472.00 Yearly

This series specification describes three levels of Public Works Inspector, Facilities. Incumbents receive close supervision at the lower level and work under general direction at the upper levels.

The Public Works Inspectors, Facilities, inspect and evaluate existing flood control channels, pipes and culverts, tidegates, levees, and pavements; prepare reports and recommendations for any necessary corrections; respond to 24-hour hazardous material spills in Alameda County; utilize the equipment necessary to work safely underground; and may be responsible for inspecting maintenance contract work such as tree trimming/removals, installation of various pipe, earth work grading, minor concrete work and fence repairs and installations.

The Public Works Inspector, Facilities, is distinguished from that of Public Works Inspector, Construction, in that incumbents in the former are responsible for inspecting existing flood control facilities, pavements and drainage of County maintained roads for functional adequacy and public safety, while incumbents of the latter inspect new construction of capital projects, repairs and improvements to flood control facilities, roads, highways and water supply systems, overseeing the work of outside contractors. Further, the option of Public Works Inspector, Facilities is distinguished from the Public Works Inspector, Construction in that incumbents of this option are required to respond to hazardous material spills and possess a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response First Responder Awareness or Operations Certificate from the State of California.

Public Works Inspector I, Facilities is the trainee level classification for the Public Works Inspector, Facilities series. Incumbents work under close supervision of a more senior inspector and as experience is gained incumbents will be expected to perform duties with greater independence and with satisfactory performance and, where required, the appropriate certification will be expected to promote to the journey level of Public Works Inspector II, Facilities.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Inspects all flood control facilities such as natural and man-made water channels, pipes, culverts, tidegates, dams, levees and County road right of ways.
2. Using basic surveying techniques prepares reports on conditions of facilities and recommends maintenance work required to include quantities of material lost.
3. Investigates reported complaints from the public and other agencies concerning road or flood problems; reports findings and makes corrective recommendations.
4. Contacts property owners and business owners and obtains permits of entry to perform needed work.
5. Performs liaison work with other public agencies, regulatory agencies, utilities and city personnel and maintenance people.
6. Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with other Public Works Inspection personnel, other professionals as well as the general public.
7. Operates and inputs data into a computer for maintenance management system computer programs for flood related facilities.
8. Researches records and reports gathering information for response to public inquiries and/or possible legal actions.
9. Evaluates the condition of road pavements, sidewalks and drainage on county maintained roads providing data for the County Pavement Management System.
10. Conducts inspections of underground facilities such as covered channels; responds to emergency hazardous material incidents County-wide; documents, assesses risks and monitors and advises clean-up activity; maintains and operates, when necessary, appropriate safety equipment such as gas meter and/or self-contained breathing apparatus and deploys control devices to contain spills.
11. Inspects maintenance projects for compliance with specifications; request materials testing as required; reviews labor compliance records; confers with maintenance engineers; recommends contract changes due to field conditions and make sketches of condition on “as built plans.”
12. Keep records of the details and progress of work; prepares contract payment forms after verification that work was performed.
13. Prepares modifications and changes to base maps; maintains files and office records.
14. Drives and work on Emergency Response van used to transport and deploy first response control measures for the public and environmental protection.
15. Responds to emergencies such as earthquakes, storms and floods to document that damage and prepare associated reports.
16. Enforces and informs the public about the Federal Clean Water Act of 1993.

Either I

The equivalent of eighteen months of full time experience in the class of Engineering Aide in the Alameda County service that included sub-professional civil engineering or technician work related to flood control or water distribution facilities inspection.


The equivalent of two years full time experience in sub-professional civil engineering or technician work related to flood control or water distribution facilities inspection.


Within six months of employment, Public Works Inspectors must meet Operations Level or higher training requirements and/or competencies sufficient to respond, recognize and manage hazardous materials cleanup. These requirements are typically met by possession Hazardous Water Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) First Responder Operations (FRO) level certification. HAZWOPER FRO training requirements and competencies are defined in the California Codes of Regulations Title 8, Section 5192 (q) (6) (B) or 29CCR 1910.120 (q) (6) (i).

LICENSE (required for all levels):

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Knowledge of:

• Office methods and procedures, including filing and record keeping practices.
• Basic design and construction methods and materials to flood control facilities.
• Field engineering investigation procedures.
• Mathematics including trigonometry and standards methods and equipment used in flood control facility maintenance and basic engineering drafting procedures.
• Pavement inspection and the County Pavement Management System and other maintenance management systems.
• Hazardous materials response and sampling procedures.
• OSHA rules and regulations.
• Public Works construction practices drawings, specifications and labor compliance laws.
• Basic computer applications and software related to the work.

Ability to:

• Prepare complete and comprehensive written reports.
• Operate a computer.
• Analyze rules and regulations for the preparation of maintenance permits.
• Analyze and interpret plans, drawings, specifications, codes, technical manuals and maps.
• Maintain effective working relationships with property owners, other public agencies and others.
• Inspect pavement and maintenance contract projects.
• Prepare drawings for as builts; change orders and maintenance contract projects.
• Operate gas detection meters and hazardous materials sampling devices.
• Train personnel and take lead responsibility of inspection teams.
• Operate a variety of equipment such as camera, calculator, two-way radio and telephone.
• Walk on steep slopes, slippery surfaces and climb ladders.
• Work independently in the field.
• Safely work in all kinds of weather day or night.

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CSC Date: 10/9/02


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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