County of Alameda

Public Works Inspector III, Facilities (#2172)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$47.80-$57.44 Hourly / $3,824.00-$4,595.20 BiWeekly /
$8,285.33-$9,956.27 Monthly / $99,424.00-$119,475.20 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 facilities including channels, pipes and culverts, tidegates, levees, etc.; prepares reports and recommendations for any necessary corrections; responds to 24-hour hazardous material spills in Alameda County; utilizes 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.

At the III level only, incumbents also inspect roadways and related facilities and improvements.


The Public Works Inspector, Facilities, are primarily responsible for inspecting existing flood control facilities, pavements and drainage of County maintained roads for functional adequacy and public safety. Occasionally, incumbents at the III level only will also 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, at all levels, 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 Inspectors III, Facilities, are considered the advanced journey level and lead inspectors for the facilities inspections having full responsibility for their assigned facility inspections. Additionally, incumbents of Public Works Inspector III, Facilities, have lead responsibility during underground inspections, and are regularly assigned inspection and hazardous material spill projects that require a higher level of expertise than those assigned to the lower levels in the series.


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 manmade 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 and performs seasonal inspections, year-round, to recommend preventative measures and/or immediate maintenance needs.

3. Investigates reported complaints from the public, other agencies, and maintenance staff concerning road or flood problems; reports findings, makes corrective recommendations, and follows up with the responsible parties, area supervisors, management, requesting parties, etc.

4. Contacts property owners and business owners and obtains permits of entry and any other permits or permissions required 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 and road related facilities.

8. Researches records and reports gathering information for response to public inquiries and/or possible legal actions. Utilizes GIS system to search records and create work orders.

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 corporation yards, roadways, creeks, channels and underground facilities; 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. Coordinates and schedules with contracts; keeps 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. Transports and deploys 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.

17. Utilizes GPS device to geo-locate facilities and assets to update records and inventories in GIS.

18. Acts as lead in hazardous and non-hazardous material spill, or illicit discharge, events; coordinates and/or assists in the cleanup with local Fire Dept, regulatory agencies, responsible parties, contractors, etc. documents the event details and communicates with management/others as required.

19. Reviews plans and specs and makes recommendations to Design Engineer for changes that would benefit the department/agency.

20. Drafts correspondence to residents and businesses regarding illegal dumping, trespassing, encroachment, or other misuse of County or District property and follows-up to ensure cleanup and compliance.

21. Acts as lead regarding drain inlet and underground culvert cleaning activities; coordinates cleaning and inspection of underground culverts with County staff and contractors utilizing hydroflushers, vacuum trucks, video equipment, etc.; coordinates and manages inspections where confined space entry is required.

Either I

The equivalent of two years full time experience as a Public Works Inspector II, Facilities, or an equivalent or higher-level class in the Alameda County service.


The equivalent of four years full time experience in increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering experience at least two years of which included flood control or water distribution facilities inspection.

Special Certificate:

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):

Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and at time of hire, and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Knowledge of:

• Office methods and procedures, including filing and record keeping practices.
• Basic design and construction methods and materials for flood control facilities and roadways.
• 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.
• Computer applications and software related to the work.

Ability to:

• Prepare complete and comprehensive written reports.
• Operate a computer and other standard office equipment.
• 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.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in English, both written and oral.
• Maintain composure during stressful situations and make good decisions.
• Train and provide field supervision to assigned personnel.

AM:pf 1/28/02
New doc: 2170-2171-2172.doc
CSC Date: 10/9/02
GH:cs Revised 1/25/16
CSC Date: 2/17/16


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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