Casual Fire Prevention Specialist I

Code Enforcement
South Bay
$30.00-$33.00 Hourly


505 W. Olive Ave. Sunnyvale, 94086


(Job Code 9517)

(Approximately 20-25 hours per week)

Note: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). 

*Submittal of a current (issued within the last 30 days) Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Record is required at time of application.

Under close or general direction, in a civilian capacity, performs technical inspections for fire prevention purposes; inspects fire protection systems, construction sites, occupancies, structures, buildings, storage and usage to ensure an appropriate level of fire protection and compliance with applicable state and local ordinances; enforces City and State fire prevention and life safety laws; coordinates fire prevention and life safety education programs; and, performs related duties as required.


(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Conducts inspections of buildings and property for compliance with fire codes, proper installation of fire alarms, efficiency of fire protective equipment, adequacy of fire exits, and overall compliance with codes and regulations pertaining to fire and life safety; and, as necessary, develops plans of correction.
  • Investigates citizen complaints of violations of fire codes and regulations and takes corrective action; responds to inquiries regarding fire and life safety codes and standards.
  • Promotes public relations through public education programs; speaks to various civic and professional organizations to promote the goals of the City; meets with industrial and business representatives to promote cooperation and provide information regarding fire codes and standards; and, makes presentations and participated in promotional events, demonstrations, and fire and life safety programs.
  • Prepares and maintains forms, records, technical letters files and reports; issues permits and corrective action correspondence.
  • Stays current on the legal and technical developments in the fire prevention field, fire investigation field and other areas of assignment; participates in professional meetings and associations.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, climbing, crawling, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. Work is performed in the office and at various sites throughout the community; both indoors and outdoors with or without protection from the weather, in restricted or confined spaces while wearing a respirator. The need to lift, drag and push files, debris and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, such as a portable generator is also required. The field and/or investigation setting may expose the incumbent to smoke residue, chemicals, hazardous materials, skin irritants, fumes, solvents, and air contaminates. Vision, may be correctable, for visual inspections, observation of conditions, reading reports and regulations is required. Hearing of alarms, radio and telephone communications, and the ability to communicate over a radio and have conversations with the public is also required. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles, work in a variety of conditions and be able to perform duties while wearing a respirator. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


Education and Experience

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:
Associate's degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units in Fire Science/Technology, Building Design, Construction, Chemistry, Fire Protection, Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design or related field from an accredited college or university, AND

one year of responsible experience performing work in building construction, code enforcement, fire service, fire protection, architecture, interior and/or building design or related field.

In addition, proof of completion of the following five classes from an accredited California community college is required: Fire Protection Organization; Fire Prevention Technology; Fire Protection Equipment and Systems; Building Construction for Fire Protection; and, Fire Behavior and Combustion.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your online City of Sunnyvale employment application and a current Department of Motor Vehicle driving record printout to the Department of Human Resources.

City application forms, completed in full, are required, the required current (issued within the last 30 days) Department of Motor Vehicles record printoutCandidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume or see attached". Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's website at, click City Jobs or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.

Applicants are required to submit proof of education (i.e., copy of the degree/diploma or college/university transcripts) to include completion of the required college courses. Please include education verification documents with application materials.

Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in further screening. If interested in this position, please apply as soon as possible as this job posting may close without notice.


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