CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR - RESIDENTIAL FIELD INSPECTOR, Port Orchard, Washington

Created 11/24/2021
Employer Kitsap County
Reference 479542
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Washington
City Port Orchard
Salary $23.91 - $36.22 Hourly
OVERVIEW


Make a difference in your community.
Become a part of the Kitsap County team!
Do what you love while serving the citizens where you live.

KITSAP COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (DCD) DCD focuses on enabling and assisting our Kitsap residents in building quality, affordable, structurally and environmentally safe developments in the Kitsap Community. We provide our team the opportunity to learn and grow within our positive and innovative work environment; we empower our team to make decisions and pride ourselves on a culture of continuous improvement. Please learn more about the department at: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/dcd . Whether you want to join our team for just a few years or make a career with Kitsap County, we will provide the training and education to move you through an auto-progression program within the Construction Inspector series.

We are currently hiring one Construction Inspector 2 for our residential Field Inspection program! This position may be filled as a Construction Inspector 1 or a Construction Inspector 2 depending on qualifications. This is an exciting opportunity for those with limited or extensive residential inspection experience to join the Community Development building construction inspector team. The Community Development Construction Inspection series provides development and training to enhance your career through an approved automatic progression process, enabling employees to automatically promote into higher classification after meeting progression requirements.

Depending on qualifications, you will be hired at one of the following levels in the Construction Inspection series:

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 1 GENERAL OVERVIEW
An employee in the Construction Inspector 1 classification performs basic general and discipline specific plan review and on-site inspection work in support of a variety of residential applications, projects, issued permits, inquiries or compliance actions. Maintains inspection records in electronic and paper formats as required. ($23.91/hr - $33.78/hr)

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 2 GENERAL OVERVIEW
An employee in Construction Inspector 2 classification reviews plans submitted for residential or commercial construction permit applications and performs all manner of site inspections to assure compliance with the applicable codes, ordinances and regulations. Authorizes issuance or denial of permits and coordinates with staff assigned on the construction review team to assure that building permits and related applications are processed consistent with adopted procedures and within established time frames. Answers citizen requests for information within established timeframes, performs code research as needed and proposes code, process and procedure changes as needed. ($26.64/hr - $36.22/hr)

This position will be posted continuously until filled.
The first screening will take place the week of December 6th
with virtual interviews tentatively scheduled the week of December 13th.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 1
  • High school diploma or GED; AND
  • Two (2) years residential construction inspection experience; OR
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
  • Current certification from the International Codes Council (ICC) as a Residential Building Inspector.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Associate or higher Degree or technical certificate in engineering, fire protection, building construction or related field.
  • Residential construction inspection experience in a County or City jurisdiction.
CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 2
  • Associates Degree; AND
  • Two (2) years of combined experience in building construction inspection that includes residential projects; OR
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
  • Must possess the ICC Residential Building Inspector and one additional ICC certification.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • One year of supervisory or lead worker experience.
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Fire Protection, Building Construction or related field..
  • Residential Plan Review, Building Inspector Certification issued by International Code Council (ICC).
  • Residential construction inspection experience in a County or City jurisdiction.
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy.
  • This position is categorized as: Category 1 : Driver operates County-owned vehicle, depending on assignment.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
(Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements. The County will reimburse (upon a successful passing score) for additional required certification and renewals.)

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit a copy of required ICC certifications (Construction Inspector 1 or 2)
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass a medical evaluation that includes a physical, fitness, and audiometric testing.
Within twelve months of employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Construction Inspector 1 Satisfactorily complete an initial in-house training program and obtain at least one additional of the following certifications and associated in-house training:
    • ICC Building Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Building Inspector certification
    • ICC Commercial Building Inspector certification
    • ICC or IAPMO Mechanical/Plumbing
Construction Inspector 2 In addition to having at least two ICC certifications at the time of hire all Construction Inspector 2 candidates must complete our in-house training program Working Conditions/Physical Activities (Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Work is performed in an office environment and in the field at construction sites.
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Walking, bending, stooping and twisting.
  • Reaching above and/or below shoulders.
  • Handling/grasping documents for equipment.
  • Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time.
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person, on the telephone, or using other electronic media.
  • Hearing audible signals, traffic, equipment, warnings.
  • Vision sufficient to drive a vehicle during daylight and nighttime hours, read source materials, plans and drawings, to read computer and similar screens and see detail or color.
  • Repetitive motions for computer/tool/equipment use.
  • Requires exertion of force of 50 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, and/or 5 pounds continuously to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents, and field equipment necessary to conduct inspections.
  • May occasionally be exposed to physical hazards from obstacles, heavy equipment, construction materials, locations at, above or below grade, various airborne pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, spray paints, loud noises, and domestic animals on construction sites.
  • May require climbing steps and ladders, entry into attics and crawl spaces, traversing rough, slippery and / or uneven terrain on construction or other sites.
  • Field inspections or evaluations may require extended periods of walking or standing, driving or riding in a passenger vehicle, keyboarding, looking up or down and handling small hand tools like flashlights and clipboards.
  • Don and use head, hearing, foot, eye, fall protection, and other personal protective equipment (as needed).
  • Ability to crawl, climb ladders or temporary scaffolding stoop, duck, kneel, twist, extend arms above head to accomplish required examinations; and, balance sufficient to traverse walkways, uneven or slippery surfaces, ascend and descend ladders and stairs.
  • Exposed to potentially hazardous conditions at constructions sites.


ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

Construction Inspector 1
  • Evaluate approved on-site plans and specifications for compliance with applicable building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Inspect new construction for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Perform mathematical calculations such as allowable building height, number of stories, heat loss, stress compliance factors, composition of structural components, soils, and load bearing capacity.
  • Inspect fire-resistive construction for required exterior walls, occupancy and area separations, floor-ceiling assemblies, including fire doors and erosion control and backflow prevention.
  • Authorize issuance or denial of permits.
  • Prepare clear and detailed lists for reviewed plans and communicate this to applicants, contractors and/or engineers orally or in writing as required.
  • Prepare clear and detailed lists of corrections required or approvals granted post-inspection for applicants, contractors and builders.
  • Respond to public inquiries in person, in writing, and on the phone, regarding construction related matters and permit process procedures, translating technical and building code information and available alternatives.
  • Participate in staff consultations advising applicants of code requirements and trouble-shooting potential construction problems.
  • Maintain regular office hours and meet with applicants and the public during office hours.
  • Provide code interpretations, research questionable issues, providing necessary office and field support as needed.
  • Perform site evaluations as required to determine adequacy of submittals.
  • Use the department's record-keeping and permit management system to track permit activities, building inspection results, permit files, permit status, and related records.
  • Keep current on changing codes and building practices through continuing education (seminars, classes, meetings) and reading of applicable journals. Maintain required certifications.
  • Participate in process improvement efforts applicable to the mission, goals and objectives of the department.
Construction Inspector 2
  • Perform Journeyman level plan review or inspection of proposed residential and commercial construction or permit applications and specifications for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • May assign, delegate, coach, develop and train subordinate staff.
  • Investigate complaints by verifying that site conditions or usages comply with County ordinances; and determines if proper permits have been obtained.
  • Review site conditions, conduct field investigations, and determine code compliance for existing building, site conditions or other compliance activities.
  • Notify property owners of deficiencies and safety hazards; issue final notices of non-compliance; set forth time limitations; and write follow-up letters.
  • Recommend abatements or condemnations where public health, safety and welfare may be in jeopardy; direct abatement and clean up procedures in support of compliance abatements.
  • May contribute to performance appraisals to evaluate subordinates; assist and/or give input regarding employee selection and discipline.
  • Investigate complaints by verifying that site conditions or usages comply with County ordinances; and determines if proper permits have been obtained.
  • Notify property owners of deficiencies and safety hazards; issues final notices of non-compliance; sets forth time limitations; and writes follow-up letters.
  • Recommend abatements or condemnations where public health, safety and welfare may be in jeopardy; cleans and secures nuisance properties, recommends contractors, scrap processors and tow companies and directs them on abatement and clean up procedures.
  • Participate in or lead process improvement efforts applicable to the mission, goals and objectives of the department.


OTHER POSITION RELATED INFORMATION

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME 1308. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This posting is open until both positions are filled; first review of applications will be on November 9, 2020.
  • Applicants from this posting can be used to fill other vacant positions for up to 6 months.
  • Work hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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