Public Works Inspector (19866962)

Public Works
Northern Bay Area
Until filled or until 500 applicants
$36.04-$46.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Larkspur, 94939




$36.04 - $46.00 per hour (Effective July 1, 2019)

40 Hour Work Week

Plus an excellent benefits package

Deadline to apply: 


We are seeking a Public Works Inspector to join our dynamic team at the Public Works Department. 

The City of Larkspur is seeking an experienced person knowledgeable in the field of public works engineering practices and inspection of construction projects who is looking to join a team of professional public works personnel in a small town setting. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional looking to advance his/her career and work on a wide variety of public works projects with a high level of responsibility and accountability. This position involves field inspection, plan checks and reviews, engineering and regular interaction with City staff, contractors and members of the public. The ideal candidate is an experienced inspector familiar with a wide range of public  and private construction projects and the regulations and codes governing construction and encroachment, conformance with applicable standards, specifications and City ordinances.



  • Inspect public works construction projects for conformance with applicable standards, codes, plans, specifications, ordinances, and regulations; plan checks and review plans and specifications in accordance with construction standards and ordinances for a variety of public works construction projects.
  • Review quantities and quality of materials being used in a variety of public works projects during various stages of construction; inspect grading, paving, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm drains, lot grading, and other construction including storm drainage, trenching, shoring, dewatering, bedding for pipe, manhole construction, trench backfill and resting.
  • Inspect underground utilities. The City is responsible for storm drains and underground facilities for street lights and traffic signals. In addition to inspection of installation of these facilities, provide inspections of right-of-way impacts of other utilities' installations including water, sewer, communication and electrical facilities.
  • Inspect building permit construction activities for erosion and sediment control measures per the City's Phase II Stormwater permit.
  • Note defects in construction and interprets applicable codes and ordinances for contractors and the general public.
  • Observe work during progress and upon completion and throughout warranty periods as may be required; recommend progress payments and enter into pay books as necessary; confer with developers, contractors, superintendents, inspectors, and owners; ensure that safety procedures are followed; advise contractors of changes in plans and variances.
  • Coordinate and communicate with project stakeholders including homeowners, resource and utility agency representatives throughout construction activities.
  • Monitor contractors, subcontractors and developers through all phases of construction to ensure construction progresses in a timely and safe manner and in accordance with rules, regulations and permit conditions.
  • Provide general information regarding code requirements.
  • Review, draft conditions for, issue, inspect and close out encroachment permits.
  •  Prepare daily construction reports, progress diaries, and reports of public works construction activities; maintain records and reports of inspections.
  • Maintain accurate as-built drawings for completed projects.
  • Prepare correspondence; prepare monthly progress payments.
  • Perform cost control; recognize potential cost increases and provide alternatives, recommendations, and solutions.
  • Investigate and respond to complaints related to public works construction activities; may coordinate inspection assignments with other City departments and government agencies and utilities.
  • Assist in developing specifications for future contracts; gather quantity information for contract bids and billing.


  • Sufficient experience and education related to professional public works engineering practices to demonstrate the knowledge and skills listed and to perform the essential duties is required 
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Four years of related public works, surveying, or code enforcement experience

In addition, qualified candidates must:

  • Possess a valid Class C California Driver's License by date of appointment and have a satisfactory driving record
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam as established by City policy
  • If necessary during an emergency or disaster, work as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW) as required of all public employees in the State of California


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess the education and experience necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed in the comprehensive job description found on the City of Larkspur's website. Along with solid technical proficiency, ideal qualities for a candidate include outstanding written and oral communication skills, flexibility and adaptability in the work environment, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with engineers and contractors to resolve problems in a professional manner. The ideal candidate will be expected to demonstrate initiative and independent judgment within organizational policy parameters on assigned projects.


Larkspur Miscellaneous Employees' Association

Benefits Overview:

  • Significant City contributions to medical and dental coverage for employees and eligible dependents
  • CalPERS defined benefit retirement, 2.0% @ 55 formula for current members and new members hired prior to 12/31/12; 2.0% at 62 for new members hired after 12/31/12. Beginning 1/1/13, the employee is responsible for payment of the employee share of the pension cost
  • Vision care expense reimbursement for employees
  • Paid vacation, holiday and sick leave
  • Deferred compensation, flexible spending accounts, and credit union membership available to employees
  • City-paid EAP, long-term disability and life insurance

Special Instructions

It is important to complete all required materials.

Please complete the online application and include a PDF copy of your current resume and letter of interest in the position as attachments to the application. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Qualified applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.

All required application materials must be submitted at time of application. First review of applications is expected to occur the week of July 8, 2019. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of July 29, 2019. 

Applications received without all required materials will be deemed incomplete and given no further consideration.

Inquiries may be directed to City of Larkspur's Human Resources Manager, Janet Thiessen, at

The City of Larkspur is not responsible for failure of Internet forms or email in submitting your application.

NOTE: A comprehensive job description is found on the City of Larkspur's website.


Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
Contact phone extension: 
Janet Thiessen, Human Resources Manager