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Monthly Salary Range: $6,040– $8,102 DOQ

The City of La Cañada Flintridge is inviting applications for the position of Senior Public Works Inspector. This position will be part of an energetic and enthusiastic team and will provide inspections of City capital improvement projects and permitted work within the public right of way.The City of La Cañada Flintridge, incorporated in 1976, is home to 20,000 residents, Descanso Gardens, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, five municipal parks, City Skate Park, an extensive trails system, and more. The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining safe streets, sidewalks, transportation infrastructure, taking care of the City’s five parks, an extensive trails system, managing contracts providing refuge and recycling services, managing the City’s urban forest, and maintaining all public facilities, such as City Hall, City Auditorium, the Community Center, and multiple Joint Use Athletic Fields. The Department strives to provide the highest level of service to residents and businesses.

Job Summary

The Senior Public Works Inspector will perform a variety of duties involved in inspecting the workmanship and materials used in a variety of City capital improvement projects and permit work within the public right-of-way. Typical duties associated with the role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs inspections of a wide variety of public works, infrastructure, capital improvement and permitted construction projects for conformance with plans, specifications, contract provisions, permits, and safe work practices in accordance with City, County, Federal and State codes;
  • Reviews plans and specifications of assigned construction projects, including streets, traffic signals, storm drains, sewers, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, landscaping, as well as street and alley pavement and grading projects;
  • Records amounts of construction materials used and work performed; prepares estimates for progress payments; tracks and records time and material work; prepares and submits contractor weekly statement of working days, and materials used; prepare and submit contractor weekly statement of working days;
  • Confers with contractors and developers regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes; explains requirements and evaluates alternatives;
  • Consult with engineering staff regarding problems and change alternatives; make recommendations for correction of code and complaint issues; refer issues related to street maintenance, traffic signs, trees, vegetation, and code compliance to the appropriate staff or other source;
  • Investigates resident complaints; confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconveniences;
  • Inspects City sidewalks and asphalt roads for hazards in need of repair; measures and records displacements; submits locations for repair;
  • Acts as liaison between the City, contractors, other agencies, and businesses and residents affected by projects; maintains communication among the parties and responds to and resolves issues and complaints or refers them to the proper office for resolution;
  • Assists in issuing encroachment permits for work within the public right-of-way;• Maintains photographic records of each construction project, all code problems and complaints;
  • Works closely with Code Enforcement in investigating and preparing stop work orders and/or correction notices in response to complaints of non-compliance;
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, correction notices, procedures, and other written materials;
  • Perform related work as required.

Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public works construction inspection;
  • Materials, methods, principles, and practices used in public works construction, including streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, drainage, streetlights, traffic signals, and related facilities and appurtenances;
  • Experience providing construction and contract oversight of contractors;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including administrative and department policies and procedures;
  • Technical principles and practices of engineering design, specification, and cost estimate preparation;
  • Defects and faults in construction;
  • Materials sampling, testing, and estimating procedures;
  • Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence;
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping;• Safe driving rules and practices;
  • Strong communication skills in order to provide a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff;
  • Working knowledge of and basic proficiency with computers/tablets. Ability to create and use Construction Inspection Daily Logs on computer/tablet. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and/or Primavera;
  • Understanding of the application and enforcement of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements;• Understanding of the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) specifications

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade supplemented by some college-level coursework and a minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible work as a public works/senior public works inspector for public agencies in California. – OR – Equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree and/or specialized training in engineering or construction management is desirable and may be substituted for two (2) years of experience as a public works/senior public works inspector for public agencies in California.

Special Conditions and Licenses

You must possess mobility to:

  • Work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer;
  • Inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points;
  • Operate a motor vehicle to visit various City and meeting sites.

You must possess:

  • Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen;
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone;
  • Finger dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator.

This is primarily a field job and standing in work areas and walking between work areas to conduct inspections is required. This job includes occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing, and pulling drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. This job requires the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 50 pounds.

License and/or Other Requirements: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver License by time of appointment.

Environmental Elements

Employees partly work in the office and partly in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


Cafeteria Section 125 Plan: A generous Section 125 Cafeteria Plan has been established for employees. Currently, the monthly City-paid benefit is $1,300, which is available on the first of the month following hire date. It may be used to purchase health insurance (under the CalPERS Health Insurance program), dental insurance (Delta), vision insurance (VSP), Cancer Insurance, and/or Accident Insurance. Alternatively, if you do not elect benefits which will use any or all this amount, you may elect to receive the remaining Cafeteria Plan amount, up to a maximum of $900 in taxable cash. Optional participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts, including the Health Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Day Care and Premium Only Plans, are also available.

Retirement: New members (or “PEPRA” members) to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) receive the 2%@62 benefit formula with highest three-year compensation. Such new members will contribute 6.25% of their pay towards the cost of their retirement program. Employees who are current members of CalPERS (“Classic” members) will be enrolled in the 2%@55 benefit formula with highest one-year compensation. Classic members contribute 7% of their pay towards the employee contribution to CalPERS. The City does not participate in the Social Security system for employees covered by CalPERS.

Deferred Compensation: The City offers an optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plan through ICMA-RC. The City contributes the lump-sum seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) to each Association-represented permanent employee at the end of the fiscal year. Employee’s become eligible for this benefit once they have successfully passed their initial probationary period of one year and attained permanent employment status.

Leave: Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year; Vacation: 1-5 years of service – 80 hours per year; 6-10 years of service – 120 hours per year; 10+ years of service – 160 hours per year. Sick Leave – 96 hours per year. In addition, once each fiscal year, full-time employees may “cash-out” or place into their 457 Deferred Compensation Plan up to 60 hours of accumulated vacation leave.

Application Process

Submit (1) an employment application and (2) resume; prior to deadline. Candidates possessing the most desirable
qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral interview.

Apply Now

Applications and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Administration Department at (818) 790-

Application Deadline

Open until filled

First review of applications Friday, January 15, 2021

(no faxed or e-mailed applications or postmarks will be accepted)
The City of La Cañada Flintridge adheres to the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act
and does not discriminate against people with disabilities in its actions, decisions, policies or practices. EOE.