Construction Inspector I/II / Resident Construction Inspector- Limited Term

  • Valley Water
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 27, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Apply By: Sep 25, 2022


Job Description

Construction Inspector I/II / Resident Construction Inspector- Limited Term


Valley Water


Salary: See Position Description


Job Type: Full-Time


Job Number: 01490-LT


Location: CA, CA


Department: Water Utility Capital


Closing: 7/15/2022 11:59 PM Pacific




NOTE Regarding Salary: A 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will apply as of 6-27-22

Construction Services Unit (Position Codes LT011 LIMITED TERM POSITIONS - Up to Four (4) Years)

Construction Inspector I: $7,404.80 - $9,476.13 monthly

Construction Inspector II: $8,172.67 - $10,462.40 monthly

Resident Construction Inspector: $9,023.73 - $11,549.20 monthly


COVID-19 vaccination requirement:

*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.


This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.



Do you have experience working as a Construction Inspector on public works projects or in the construction industry? Do you have experience monitoring environmental compliance and have knowledge of safety and construction codes? If so, read on!


Valley Water is seeking a limited-term Construction Inspector I/II or Resident Construction Inspector, with an expected duration of up to four (4) years, to join the Construction Services Unit.


Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying wholesale water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for clean, safe creeks and healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mt. View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale, and the towns of Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos, and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.


The Construction Inspector I/II or Resident Construction Inspector will be responsible for performing onsite construction inspection duties for capital projects. They will support Valley Water's flood control, water quality and production, water storage, recycled water projects, and treatment and distribution facilities. This position will be responsible for preparing a variety of reports, correspondence and documentation, and performing a variety of duties relative to the assigned areas of responsibility. The Inspector is required to address anticipated significant capital project work.


This is a single position, for which the incumbent would be hired as either the Construction Inspector level I or II or a Resident Construction Inspector level. There are multiple ways a candidate may develop the skills and experience required to be successful in this role. Depending on the background and experience of the selected candidate, the exact classification level will be determined at point of hire.


Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Review and interpret plans and specifications; note errors and deviations from standards, specifications, and drawings and confer with contractors' representatives and project engineers regarding materials or methods; ensure that appropriate action is taken; may perform Davis-Bacon interviews for federally funded projects.
  • Direct and guide the work of external contractors to ensure compliance with plans, specifications for construction materials, methods, equipment, workmanship, prevailing wage laws, and Valley Water policies and procedures.
  • Monitor work site safety programs to ensure compliance with Valley Water requirements; attend various training classes for confined space, hazardous materials, and other occupational health and safety programs.
  • Coordinate field or laboratory materials testing for fluids, sand, aggregate, soils, concrete, asphalt, coatings, welding, and other materials to ensure compliance with project standards; document and provide results to contractor; maintain testing reports.
  • Use construction management software to prepare documentation on construction and inspection activities including description of work performed, average workforce and hours worked, equipment and materials used, inspections performed, supplemental work authorized, problems encountered, weather, site visitors, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues, and payments processed in daily inspection records and daily diaries and photographs.


Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:

Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.


Ideal Experience:

Construction Inspector I:

0-1 year of recent field experience in the construction industry.

Construction Inspector II:

2 years of recent experience as a construction inspector on public works projects.

Resident Construction Inspector:

4+ years of recent experience as a construction inspector on public works projects in a lead role.


Ideal Skills and Abilities:

Construction Inspector I:

Ability to:


  • Read and interpret plans, specifications, maps, drawings, contracts, and work orders.
  • Inspect public works projects for conformance with plans and specifications.
  • Use sound independent judgment within established guidelines and policies.
  • Read, interpret, and apply local, state, and national construction codes such as the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) standards.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Construction Inspector II:

In addition to the ideal criteria for Construction Inspector I

Ability to:


  • Perform inspections of flood control, recycled water projects, and water supply projects for conformance with plans and specifications and for progress payment authorization.
  • Recognize confined space safety issues and hazardous materials safety issues and ensure compliance with safety plans and regulations.
  • Understand drafting, surveying, and engineering practices and terminology.


Resident Construction Inspector:

In addition to the qualifications for Construction Inspector II:

Ability to:


  • Apply independent judgment to troubleshoot and solve construction-related problems.
  • Use construction management software.


Ideal Knowledge:

For Construction Inspector I:


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of construction and workplace safety requirements.
  • Common desktop applications and software as well as specialized software related to the work.


In addition to the ideal criteria for Construction Inspector I, for Construction Inspector II, some knowledge of, and for Resident Construction Inspector strong working knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, equipment, and techniques used in the construction of flood control and water storage and distribution facilities.
  • Methods and techniques of mechanical installation including process piping, pumps, valves, and of electrical installation including circuitry, lighting, and related controls.
  • Hazardous material regulations and procedures.
  • Specialized construction inspection equipment, tools, and apparatus such as air monitors and noise monitors.
  • Methods and techniques of construction code enforcement.
  • Local, state, and national construction codes such as the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) standards.
  • Storm water pollution prevention program rules and regulations including the Storm Water Pollution.
  • Confined space regulations.


Ideal Training and Education:

Construction Inspector I/II OR Resident Construction Inspector: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by vocational or college coursework in project management or construction trades.



The assignment period will be up to four (4) years and such time period may be adjusted as needed by Valley Water management. These limited term appointments are "at-will" and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. Limited term positions will be covered by the Employees Association Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and eligible for all pay and benefits described in the MOU with the exception of the following Articles and/or Sections:

  1. Article 3, Section 10: Temporary Promotion Pay
  2. Article 3, Section 11: Out-of-Class Assignment
  3. Article 6, Section 4(d): Deferred Compensation. (Limited term positions may participate in Valley Water's 457 Deferred Compensation Program; however, they will be ineligible for Valley Water's matching funds and participation in Valley Water's 401a plan.)
  4. Article 8: Leaves of Absence. (Valley Water will provide leave of absence as required by law under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL))
  5. Article 11: Workforce Development
  6. Article 12: Employee Performance/Evaluation
  7. Article 13: Classification
  8. Article 14: Discipline Process
  9. Article 16: Layoff


Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


Selection Process


  • The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
  • The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.


NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.


Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.


COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement


An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.


Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.


Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.


Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.


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