Public Works Inspector

City of La Cañada Flintridge


(Full-Time, Non-Exempt)

Monthly Salary Range: $5,120 – $6,865 DOQ

The City of La Cañada Flintridge is inviting applications for the

position of Public Works Inspector. This position will be part of

an energetic and enthusiastic team and will provide inspections

of City capital improvement projects and other 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, 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.


The 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:

• Perform inspections of encroachments within the public rights

of way such as driveways, utility services, and traffic control

for compliance with plans, specifications, the City’s municipal

code, Federal, State, and local laws, and other standards;

• Review plans and specifications for construction projects,

including street improvements, storm drains, curb,

gutters, sidewalks;

• Prepare estimates for progress payments on City capital

improvement projects; track and record time worked, and

materials used; prepare and submit contractor weekly

statement of working days;

• Confer with contractors and developers regarding

conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes;

explain requirements and evaluate 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;

• Prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, correction

notices, procedures, and other written materials;

• Evaluate and respond to the public regarding requests

to investigate function, operation, and condition of public

infrastructure, and status of capital improvements and

infrastructure repairs;

• Foster cooperative working relationships among City


• Organize work and set priorities to meet established


• Perform related work as required.


Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of public works construction


• Materials, methods, principles, and practices used in

public works construction, including streets, curbs, gutters,

sidewalks, drainage, streetlights, traffic signals, and related

facilities and appurtenances;

• Basic practices of construction contract administration in a

public agency setting;

• Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and

regulations, including administrative and department policies

and procedures;

• Technical principles and practices of engineering design

and specifications including application of the “Greenbook”,

Standard Specifications for Public Works construction;

construction safety orders of the California Division of

Occupation Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA);

traffic control and public safety enforcement per the California

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD); survey

practices in construction including the use of line, slope and

grade stakes; and materials sampling, testing and estimating


• Mathematical principles and theories;

• Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence;

• Principles and procedures of record keeping;

• Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment

and applications related to the work;

• Safe driving rules and practices;

• English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and


• Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by

effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and

City staff.

Minimum Qualifications: Training and experience that would

likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is

qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications

would be:

Education: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th)

grade supplemented by some college-level coursework. An

Associate of Arts degree in any construction related field is

desirable; and

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of increasingly

responsible public works infrastructure construction, inspection,

or related experience. Specialized training in construction

management is desirable.


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


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 $1,050, 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.


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.

Applications and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Administration Department at (818) 790-8880,

writing the City of La Cañada Flintridge at One Civic Center Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, or visiting our website

at http://www.lcf.ca.gov/administration/employment where the application form may be downloaded.

Application deadline: 5:00 PM, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

(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.

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