Defensible Space Inspector - Temporary

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Temporary Code Enforcement and Inspections

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics -------This is a temporary, part-time position------

Incumbents are responsible, under general supervision, to coordinate and conduct defensible space inspections, assist with the presentation of education programs to the public, maintain records and database on defensible space inspections, and perform related duties as required. Incumbents work with assigned departments in the completion of duties.
Defensible Space Inspector is a journey level classification.  Incumbents are expected to exercise knowledge and training in the performance of essential functions.  Duties are performed under limited supervision.  Incumbent does not exercise lead-level or supervisory duties in this classification.  Incumbents do not obtain permanent status in this classification.  This classification is used for temporary employment only.
Examples of Duties Essential:
  • Performs defensible space inspections.
  • Interprets and applies defensible space codes and regulations.
  • Maintains records of inspections, tree removal permits, and defensible space assistance programs.
  • Assists with the presentation of fuels management education and outreach programs.
  • Conducts presentations and represents the district with a professional appearance and demeanor at all functions.
  • Completes data input and analysis of a variety of information related to fire prevention and occupancies.
  • Drafts reports related to fire prevention activities.
  • Researches and prepares fire and life safety notices and correction letters that outline compliance issues and deficiencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required
  • Knowledge of defensible space, forestry, fuels management, and the principles, practices, and methods used in site evaluation and hazard reduction.
  • Knowledge of vegetation, soils, climatic conditions, pests and their control, and ecological factors found in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Knowledge of fire protection principles, especially as it relates to wildland fire in the urban interface.
  • Knowledge of the Incident Command System.
  • Knowledge of computer operations and basic office software.
  Skill in:
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of customers
  • Demonstrating excellent customer service
  • Report writing methods
  • Using computers and applicable software applications
  • Providing customer service
  • Applying applicable Federal, State, and/or Local laws, rules, and regulations
  • Performing mathematical calculations
  • Maintain records
  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Detecting fire hazards
  • Reading routine blueprints

Education and Experience Required Graduation from high school or receipt of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and one year of fire prevention or related experience.  Associates degree in Forestry, Fire Science, Environmental Science, or a closely related field, preferred. Desired training in the following areas: 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency IS-100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency IS-700 - NIMS: An Introduction
  • National Fire Protection Association - Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency - Defensible Space Assessor Training
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Defensible Space Inspector Training
Licenses and Certificates:
Valid California Driver's License within 30 days of hire.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Mobility and dexterity sufficient for climbing, balancing, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, driving, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and performing repetitive motions.  Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Willingness and ability to work in exposure to inclement weather and temperature extremes; and be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.
May be required to work weekends and emergency call in.
Some accommodation may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Other Requirements:
This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent.  Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

 Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Nevada City, California United States View Map