City of Tampa

Sewer Service Inspector (#003650) 026

$25.32-$36.04 Hourly / $4,388.80-$6,246.93 Monthly / $52,665.60-$74,963.20 Yearly


This is responsible and technical work involving sanitary sewer services.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of technical assignments involving conducting investigations and inspections relating to municipal sanitary sewer service. Work is of more than average difficulty and is performed primarily in the field, requiring considerable contact with the general public. The performance of assigned tasks requires a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the construction of utility services. Investigations and inspections are conducted throughout the city at residential and commercial establishments to uncover users illegally connected to the system, as well as to ascertain that proper charges are being assessed. The employee must exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment as well as tact and courtesy while performing work in accordance with established departmental guidelines and operating procedures. An important aspect of this job involves being able to communicate effectively with the general public concerning matters of a sensitive nature. Although work is performed under general supervision, considerable time is spent performing fieldwork without proximity to the immediate supervisor. Fieldwork also requires the operation of a standard motor vehicle. Work is reviewed through documents and reports submitted, observation while in progress, conferences, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Conducts investigations and inspections of residential and commercial establishments to uncover illegal users of the sanitary sewer system; explains municipal ordinances, department rules, and regulations concerning the use of the sewer system; checks sewer meters and systems at commercial establishments to ascertain that proper charges are being assessed; checks for meter malfunctions and tampering by customers; investigates customer complaints in person; identifies, investigates, documents, and refers for action sewer use violations.

Conducts compliance inspections and gives approval or rejects sewer and credit meter installations; ascertains that meters are installed properly, credit meters are justified and that sewer meters account for all effluent; reads and interprets charts, graphs, blueprints, engineering and architectural drawings, and specifications in conducting installation inspections.

Inspects food service facilities and grease haulers to ensure that they are in compliance with the City’s Grease Management Ordinance; inspects all grease traps or interceptors, plumbing connections, the logbook and file, other pertinent data or take samples as necessary; records all observations in a written report noting any deficiencies; inspects any repairs, replacements or other deficiencies and provides written notice of compliance or noncompliance; performs re-inspections in the event of continuing noncompliance.

Enters/retrieves data in files using computer to maintain accurate and complete records.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the content and interpretation of the city code relating to the sanitary sewer system; methods and techniques used in conducting investigations and inspections of utility service.

Working knowledge of: municipal rules, regulations, procedures, and ordinances relating to sanitary sewer services; the layout of the city and its geography; legal procedures relating to the enforcement of municipal codes; basic methods and techniques of engineering and plumbing.

Ability to: follow a logical line of inquiry and reach logical conclusions; read/interpret technical drawings, specifications, blueprints, and maps; read dials and gauges and use testing instruments; serve in a lead capacity and review the work of lower level personnel; operate a lightweight motor vehicle; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; meet the general public, establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and three (3) years of experience in sanitary sewer service investigation or inspection work with six (6) months of experience in utility service construction or inspection; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Possession of the following are preferred:

FW&PCOA “C” License for Wastewater Collection
FOG I Management Certification
F.A.C.E. Level I Fundamentals of Code Enforcement
F.A.C.E. Level IV Officer Safety and Field Applications

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.  


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 003650; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;