6318 - Construction Inspector

Recruitment #PEX-6318-086869




APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent-Exempt.  The General Services Agency San Francisco Public Works has openings for exempt appointment in San Francisco.  These positions are excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  These positions are project funded with an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.

Public Works constructs, manages, designs, maintains, and repairs San Francisco's buildings and infrastructure.  Currently,  Public Works has more than 500 building and infrastructure projects in progress, with an estimated value of $5.6 billion.  From the Public Safety Buildings, Recreational Centers and Playgrounds, Health Centers, Libraries, Streets, Streetscapes, Navigation Centers, to Street Cleaning, Street Paving, Landscaping, and maintaining the Urban Forest, Public Works is providing service to keep the City beautiful, safe and sustainable for residents, merchants and visitors.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Under general direction, responsible for construction inspection work performed in conjunction with Public Works construction projects.  This position performs intermediate level inspection of construction projects to ensure compliance with contract plans, specifications, applicable codes and safety regulations.  Engineering construction inspection includes but is not limited to the following activities: earthwork and paving, roadway renovation and improvement, deep utilities: water supply and sewer collection pipeline, Portland cement concrete, pile driving, drilled piers, tunneling, track work, power distribution and transmission systems, electrical overhead contact systems, signalization, control and data acquisition systems, radio and telecommunications systems, ADA retrofits and facilities, and landscaping/irrigation work.

Essential Duties of the Construction Inspector include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing intermediate level inspection of construction projects to ensure compliance with contract plans, specifications, applicable codes, and safety regulations, and Resident Engineer with training and performance evaluation of staff.       
  • Preparing documentation of project documentation and controls including daily reports, force accounts, materials testing, and other construction records for complex and difficult construction projects.            
  • Participating in planning, preconstruction, coordination, progress, scheduling and field staff          
  • Responding and resolving any/all complaints              
  • Performing intermediate Construction Inspection work on projects in accordance with Quality Control/Assurance Program standards for each project.    
  • Preparing and/or verifying quality assurance reports, quantity and progress estimates for progress payments, and change orders      
  • Reporting safety and traffic hazards, defective work and debris to the contractor for correction to ensure contractor corrects deficiencies.   

Knowledge of:  Construction inspection methods and current construction practices; construction materials necessary to determine the quality and correct usage in projects; and safe working habits and regulations in relation to different phases of construction.

Ability to: Understand and interpret contract plans and specifications to administer the contract; perform difficult mathematical computations and apply results to inspection work; prepare various types of reports and other written communications necessary for record keeping and letters to contractors; communicate and work effectively and harmoniously with superiors, coworkers, engineers, contractors, and the public.

Train and develop subordinates in professional and technical areas and procedural changes as necessary; encourage and foster team building; resolve problems and conflicts; and meet project goals and deadlines.

The Construction Inspector maybe assigned to work alternate work schedules which include working on the weekend, as well as early morning and/or late night shifts. 

Incumbents will be working in the field, will be exposed to some dirty and disagreeable work environments (such as working in inclement weather conditions, working around raw sewage, confined spaces), and will have to exert physical effort (climbing ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, and standing for long periods of time).  


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience in City and County of San Francisco class 6317 Assistant Construction Inspector; OR
  2. Four (4) years of verifiable full-time experience in construction inspection work ensuring that plans and specifications are complied with, and the workmanship and material used meet specifications; AND
  3. Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License (Department participates in the  Pin Pull Program).


  1. A baccalaureate degree in Engineering or Architecture from an accredited college or university and/or experience as an Engineer on a level equal to City and County of San Francisco class 5203 Assistant Engineer or as an Architect on a level equal to City and County of San Francisco class 5265 Architectural Associate I or higher may substitute for up to two years of the required experience under Experience and Training Guidelines #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  2. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience as a surveyor may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under Experience and Training Guidelines #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  3. Experience in construction, at the Superintendent/General Foreman level, supervising construction crews of more than six may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience on a year for year basis. Journey level construction experience and/or drafting experience will not be accepted as qualifying under #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  4. Possession of an associate degree in construction or engineering from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under Minimum Qualification #2.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, copy of Driver’s License and verification with the online CCSF application.

Application materials may be submitted by:

  1. Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR
  2. Scanning documents and sending as PDF attachments to marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org with the recruitment number in the subject line.


Selection Procedures

Application Screening: (Qualifying) Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued:  June 6, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-6318-086869
GSA for Public Works / mt / 415.554.6000


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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