Public Works Inspector

at (City of Lake Stevens)
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We're looking for a detail-oriented professional with excellent interpersonal skills and follow through, who successfully balances working in the field and working in the office.  The ideal candidate will have five years of experience in code compliance and building inspection, or five years of journey level experience in general roads and storm construction.  

Apply by February 9th to be included in the first review of applications!

About City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 35,000 and plans for annexation in early 2021, which would make us the 4th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to our Benefits page for more information.

Position Purpose

This position is responsible for providing field inspection services for Public Works infrastructure that includes roads, trails, utility work within public right-of-way, development improvements (future public infrastructure), and public storm systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspects Public Works-related projects; identifies construction conflicts as early as possible and works with the contractor, reviewing plans and working toward solutions
  • Coordinates with assigned project manager in the scheduling, inspection of materials and workmanship to ensure adherence to contracted project specifications
  • Coordinates inspections and related activities with contractors, utility personnel, consultants and various City staff
  • Determines the quality of materials and workmanship, and compliance with plans and specifications
  • Inspects traffic control placed within the City right-of-way to ensure compliance with traffic control regulations
  • Reviews sub-grade conditions and determines suitability for paving projects
  • Inspects placement of and finished concrete and asphalt improvements
  • Inspects various underground storm and utility work
  • Prepares memos, progress reports, notices and logs on various projects
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date inspection records and files
  • Checks and documents delivery and materials tickets
  • Enters inspection information into the computer
  • Sketches and records "as built" information pertaining to new construction
  • Attends pre-construction field meetings as needed
  • Reviews right-of-way permit plans for compliance with City requirements
  • Keeps abreast of current codes and regulations affecting City projects
  • Gathers and investigates information related to incidents resulting in complaints, claims and/or lawsuits as needed
  • Distributes notices, project information, and flyers as assigned
  • Responds to public contacts related to field work and complaints
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is primarily performed outdoors, subject to traveling by City vehicle from site to site several times each day.  While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; regularly works in outside weather conditions, and exposed to changing weather conditions such as rain, sun, and snow; and regularly works in and heavy vehicle traffic areas on urban streets. The incumbent is frequently exposed to airborne particles and vibration and frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The incumbent is occasionally works in extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to very loud while operating machinery or working near equipment. The incumbent may also be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions.


Education:  High school diploma or G.E.D.;
Experience:  Five (5) years of experience in code compliance/building inspection or five years of journey level experience in general roads and storm construction, or equivalent experience in a related field preferred.
Or:  Any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of:

  • Construction methods, techniques and materials, Engineer Design and Development Standards, WSDOT Standards, and City codes and construction inspections practices
  • Applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations and procedures
  • Applicable building, zoning and other codes, regulations and policies
  • Project management principles and techniques

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret civil plans and specifications, engineering calculations and property descriptions
  • Read and interpret maps, plans, construction drawings, property descriptions, charts, and graphs
  • Read and understand directions to locate job sites and work locations
  • Maintain a customer service orientation, be courteous and diplomatic in the exchange of information, discrete with sensitive information and present a positive image of the City in a variety of circumstances
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with contractors, owners, staff and general public to convey technical concepts
  • Employ process facilitating techniques and exercise patience when dealing with confrontation
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence, reports, contracts, policies, applications, legal documents, etc.
  • Correctly utilize English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
  • Utilize interpersonal skills with tact, patience, courtesy, and diplomacy
  • Utilize computer software to produce documents, plans and reports
  • Independently conduct construction compliance inspections in all types of terrain and weather conditions
  • Understand and appropriately apply situational awareness of changing surroundings in a construction and/or traffic area
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Add, subtract, multiply, divide; compute fractions, ratios, percentages, proportions; draw, and interpret graphs and charts; and apply these concepts to practical situations
  • Make decisions within the scope of authority and request assistance from other staff when necessary
  • Enforce applicable construction, zoning and other codes, regulations and policies
Licenses, Certifications and Other Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State Driver license
  • Obtain Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) certification within one (1) year of hire
  • Completion of position-relevant background

Supplemental Information

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community. If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know.  We're happy to make the arrangements. We’ll need to know ten (10) days in advance to make sure we get you situated, so Human Resources at (425) 622-9400.  You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258; or email to

Lake Stevens Full-time
Snohomish County Only This job is either located or can be performed in Snohomish County
Yearly Salary $75,000 - $84,999
Estimated Start Date 2021/03/16
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