Job Details

Senior Public Works Inspector

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 09/16/2019

The City of Portland is currently seeking Senior Public Works Inspectors!

Senior Public Works Inspectors provide lead direction, mentoring, training, problem-solving, work assignments for other inspectors and are assigned the most demanding and operationally sensitive inspection tasks including high-level public works projects involving greater complexity and/or publicity and community involvement.

Senior Public Works Inspectors are responsible for enforcing regulations and codes relating to public construction projects and municipal specifications and contracts. Specific public construction projects may include utility installations, underground sewer or water pipelines, and complete street building which includes all concrete and paving installations or other transportation infrastructure projects.

Senior Public Works Inspectors must be able to work independently and be willing and able to perform in noisy construction environments under potentially hazardous conditions and possess sufficient physical mobility, vision, hearing and speaking abilities related to construction work requirements.

The Current Vacancy is within the Portland Bureau of Transportation however this list may be utilized to fill future vacancies within the Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

External applicants start at the entry salary rate.
This classification is represented by District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1.Knowledge of construction survey practices and how they are used in the field.
2.Experience reviewing and interpreting construction practices, methods/processes including equipment and/or materials.
3.Experience reviewing and interpreting technical construction documents such as: construction plans, standard drawings, specifications, codes, laws and contracts.
4.Experience interacting effectively, problem-solving and partnering with internal and external stakeholders such as: project teams, contractors, engineering and field personnel, citizens and community groups.
5.Experience leading inspection personnel and / or complex public works projects.
6.Experience using math calculations associated with the computation or estimation of construction progress such as area, volume, and percentages

Applicant must also possess:
•Valid state driver's license


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Your cover letter should be a brief letter of interest. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Tentative Timeline:
Minimum Qualification Review: Week of 9/16
Eligible List Established: Week of 9/23
Interviews: Mid October
Offer: Late October

*Please note there are multiple vacancies that may be filled from this recruitment and the interview timelines are different per recruitment. If you are on an eligible list you will be contacted directly from the bureau if you are invited to interview*

Important Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your resume and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
Your answers to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
Your resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Application Deadline
All completed applications for this position must be submitted online, no later than 11:59 pm on the closing/application review date listed on this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Candidate Notifications
If you are notified that you have been placed on the eligible list, you do NOT need to reapply and will remain on the list.

Work status: Non-citizen applications must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Contact Information
Shelonda Simpson, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3555

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