Construction Inspector/Senior Construction Inspector

Recruitment #19-J11-001


Do you have an engineering, construction or traffic design background? Do you have proven experience conducting construction inspections? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Construction Inspector/Senior Construction Inspector vacancy on our collaborative Construction Services team in the Public Works Department. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at by the 9/22/2019 filing deadline!

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Under general supervision, inspects the quality of work and materials used in a variety of public works construction projects consisting of a combination of both Capital Improvement Projects (City projects) and private Development Projects.  The Construction Inspector ensures conformance with plans, specifications, city standard details and departmental regulations.


This flexibly staffed position may be filled at either the Inspector or Senior Inspector level depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the staffing needs of the City.

An eligibility list is being established to fill the current full-time vacancy as well as future vacancies.


  • Is an energetic, organized individual with excellent customer service and public relation skills
  • Has a well-rounded background of public works experience
  • Has construction inspection experience
  • Works effectively with a variety of people, including the public, contractors, and other City staff
  • Maintains a calm composure while responding to people who may be upset, irate or frustrated
  • Demonstrates outstanding verbal and oral communication skills
  • Holds a valid Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certificate (CPII) issued by the American Public Works Association
  • Holds a valid Construction General Permit Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner  (QSP) certificate issued by the California Stormwater Quality Association


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Reviews plans and specifications of assigned public works construction project with construction supervisor; attends pre-construction meetings. Inspects materials for identification as conforming to specifications.  Inspects adjacent properties for damage from construction activity. Inspects projects for conformance with storm water pollution control plan. Inspects various structures such as utilities, streets, sidewalks, gutters, traffic and street lights, and other off-site construction.  Checks line, grade, size, elevation, and location of structures for conformance with specifications and regulations. Takes samples of materials for examination or analysis by laboratories. Analyzes test results on soils and concrete.  Oversees consultants performing field tests.

Monitors public works construction projects during progress and upon completion to ensure conformance with plans and specifications.  Records quantities of materials used and work performed.  Performs traffic control inspections to ensure a safe work area for the contractor and residents. Manages the completion of project record drawings.  Prepares daily activity records, reviews pay estimates for additional work performed by contractors, and reports for progress payments.  Monitors contractor staffing for labor compliance to ensure State and Federal regulations are met.  Coordinates with other City departments to report work progress and to collaborate when construction issues arise.

Inspects private development construction work, including traffic control, concrete forms placement, reinforcing steel, and placement, consolidation, and curing of concrete; enforces compliance with plans, specifications, City standards and proper construction practices for work such as installation of water lines, sewer, utility conduits, landscape improvements, construction of storm drains, culverts, flood control channels, catch basins, junction structures, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways, and streets; determines punch list items for correction prior to final acceptance; ensures proper placement and maintenance of signs, barricades and warning devices; recommends to supervisor acceptance of public improvements in completed private developments.

Confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards and inconvenience.  Investigates public complaints. Coordinates work with other City departments, consultants, other agencies, utility companies and contractors.  Assists with notification for  service interruptions with least interference and inconvenience to affected properties.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


Both levels:  Possession of the following valid certificates is highly desirable:

  • Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certificate (CPII) issued by the American Public Works Association
  • Construction General Permit Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner  (QSP) certificate issued by the California Stormwater Quality Association


Environment: works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; with exposure to construction noise, electrical energy, equipment, dust, and debris; may drive a vehicle to different locations; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situationsPhysical Abilitieshearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; vision and hearing in normal range, with or without correction; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sits, walks and stands for extended periods of time; walking on uneven surfaces; bending, stooping, lifting, squatting, climbing; uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical and engineering concepts used in construction; observe and interpret people and situations, perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under deadlinesHazardsexposed to dust, dirt, toxic chemicals, electrical energy, solvents, hostile persons, and computer screens.


Construction Inspector:  A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school and two years of sub-professional engineering experience or four years experience in heavy construction, wet utility construction, or traffic design and implementation.  Some public works construction inspection experience is desirable. 

Senior Construction Inspector:  In addition, supplemental specialized training and 18 months of experience comparable to that of a Construction Inspector with the City of Ventura are required.  An Associate of Arts degree in engineering materials and design is desirable.  Experience as a construction foreman or superintendent is desirable.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation:  $442 per year will be matched in a 457 Plan.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.   

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your social security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 14.5 days per year, increasing to 24.5 days after 15 years service, for vacation or sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Part-Time Benefits: Regular part-time employees receive insurance, optional benefits, vacation, holidays, sick leave and disability programs proportionate to their regular work hours.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

Direct Deposit: Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program: A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview

A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in October 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: