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Senior Construction Inspector

Recruitment #19-EC8-01



THE JOB: Under direction, to perform the more difficult and complex office and field engineering tasks related to design, traffic engineering, construction plan review, contract administration and inspection of County construction projects, landfill facility improvements, related facilities; and to do other work as required.

The current vacancy is in the Construction Management division of the Department of Public Works. This division manages construction projects for the various sections of the Public Works Department; these include projects for Roads, Sanitation / Wastewater, Stormwater, and Flood Control. Duties of the position typically include field inspection and contract administration for local, State, and Federal funded projects, management of multiple construction projects inspected by County hired consultants, and constructability reviews of forthcoming projects.

The list established from this recruitment will also be used to fill future vacancies during the life of the eligible list for the various divisions of the Department of Public Works, which may include Road Design, Sanitation Engineering, Encroachments, and Stormwater Management.

Employment Standards

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

Five years of technical engineering experience at the Engineering Associate level performing traffic engineering, construction inspection, design, contract administration or related engineering work.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of: engineering mathematics, science, and hydraulics; the nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques, instruments, and equipment used in drafting, construction, inspection, hydraulics, sanitary engineering and surveying; the physical properties and uses of chemicals and materials used in construction and public works related projects including appropriate hazardous materials handling and principles of safety and waste discharge standards; the principles and techniques used in the design of roads, traffic planning, drainage, water and sewer systems, pumping stations, and related public works facilities; and contract administration. Some knowledge of: the application of data processing to engineering studies and design and the principals and practices of supervision and training.

Ability to: Interpret or prepare blueprints, maps, change orders, construction plans and specifications including cost estimates, bid documents, RFP’s and complex technical engineering reports; design and evaluate engineering plans for roads, drainage, water and sewer systems and other public works projects; inspect large and complex construction projects and enforce compliance with plans, specifications, change orders, and laws; review, evaluate, recommend, and approve solutions to unusual field conditions not specified in plans or specifications; administer large and complex construction contracts including measuring and calculating quantities to determine progress payments; prepare written reports and correspondence, recommend changes in local fees or ordinances, assist in budget preparations and make oral presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and input, access, and analyze data using a computer terminal.



ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees


Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.






Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.  

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

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