Public Works Development & Inspection Specialist

(Cross Connection Inspection Specialist)
Recruitment #13-0505-02

Work Schedule:M-F 8:00 - 4:30 + eves & weekends as needed
Opening Date:8/16/2013 5:10:00 PM
Closing Date:8/30/2013 11:59:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:$23.86 - $29.22/hour + benefits
Employment Type: Full Time Career
Department:Public Works
Bargaining Unit:AFSCME

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City of Salem, Public Works Department is hiring permanent Development and Inspections Specialists.  The position is responsible for organizing and leading testing and construction inspection procedures of commercial, industrial, and public facilities for cross-connection hazards and backflow prevention.  The work involves extensive contact with contractors, private engineering firms, utility companies, private citizens and other City staff.  Candidates will provide technical information and ensure compliance with a variety of City standards, requirements, and code enforcement. 


The Development and Inspection Specialist performs responsible work in cross connection hazards and inspection of public works facilities to ensure compliance with codes, ordinances, plans, specifications, permit processing, and improvement agreements.

Work in plans review includes review and approval of commercial/industrial and multifamily dwelling site plans, and franchise utility plans. Work in inspection includes technical inspection of the construction of public works facilities, the connection of private facilities to the public works facilities,especially related to cross connection hazards. Technical inspection involves visual, on-site inspections of developments; conducting and analyzing field and laboratory test results for compliance with standards; interpreting plans and specifications to field conditions and development progress; monitoring and confirming costs related to construction; approving work for compliance; and documenting inspection activity.

Incumbents have extensive contact with contractors, the public, and utility companies in providing technical information and achieving compliance with a variety of regulations. Under general direction of an administrative supervisor, an incumbent of this classification exercises independent judgment and initiative in review, inspection, and approval of plans and/or construction.

The Development and Inspection Specialist differs from Engineering Technician III by having a greater level of authority to interpret and enforce codes and ordinances, including issuing stop work orders. This series differs from the Building Inspector series by the focus on infrastructure rather than on residential and commercial building construction, which requires a broad range of State certifications.


The listed job functions are illustrative of the classification level and not intended to list all duties typically assigned to this classification. Employees may do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties.

Under general supervision, assists in implementation and administration of the City’s of Salem’s backflow prevention and cross connection control program including inspecting water system installations to protect the City’s public water supply from contamination; implements and enforces backflow and cross connection of potable water systems; investigates, tests and inspects backflow devices for compliance with regulations; coordinates, schedules and conducts cross connection surveys of the potable water systems; reviews construction plans and plumbing specifications; provides information and assistance to other departments, contractors, engineers, developers, and the general public; and maintains a variety of records, files and documentation.


Inspects residential, commercial, industrial, and public facilities for cross-connection hazards. Prepares monthly correspondence notifying owners of facilities with backflow prevention devices when device tests are required. Performs backflow prevention device tests for public facilities. Maintains computerized records of device installations and test results. Prepares municipal ordinance and state code enforcement correspondence to the public and contractors which includes correction notices.  

May support the Public Works Engineering Division with inspections of new backflow units; performs routine inspection of businesses and industrial and residential customers within City’s service area to assess backflow prevention needs in order to protect the water system from potential contamination and pollution; based on inspection results, notifies and advises customers where and what kind of devices need to be installed, and follows up to ensure that the appropriate devices have been installed.

Inspects construction of public improvements for compliance to contract plans and specifications. Works with design engineer for design modifications or resolution for problems that may occur during construction. Responds to public inquiry concerning construction work and monitors construction for quality assurance, project schedule, and public safety concerning traffic control and prevention of water contamination. Issues change orders for lesser amounts of money, referring significant change orders and recommendations to the project design engineer. Works with contractor in gaining compliance with construction standards. In the field, monitors construction progress by viewing progress, field conditions, construction materials, and workmanship. Performs a variety of field tests for compliance with construction standards. Determines on a daily basis whether construction is in compliance with standards. May issue stop-work orders if conditions of construction are a hazard to public safety. Reviews contractor submitted costs and verifies appropriateness prior to design engineer's approval. Maintains written records of construction progress and compliance. Prepares or checks as-built drawings after construction is completed.

Work requires interaction with other utility agencies, police and fire emergency personnel, contractors, business owners, and the general public in an advisory or enforcement role. May train or direct the work of others.

Performs other related work as required.


Considerable experience in construction or in inspection programs, and an Associate's degree in water/wastewater technology or civil engineering, or any equivalent combination of experience or training which provides the required knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the class. State of Oregon Assembly Tester and Cross Connection Specialist Certifications desirable.

Candidates wishing to claim Veteran's preference points should attach a copy of their DD 214, or letter of disability, if applicable,  from the Department of Veterans affairs.


Thorough knowledge of components, devices, techniques, and other design elements involved in utility connections and services and their interrelationship to each other.

Considerable knowledge of:

  • Materials and equipment used in treatment, discharge, and control of industrial, commercial, and residential wastes. 
  • Inspection methods, sampling, and testing procedures used in obtaining and testing potable water.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and ordinances concerning potable water supply and distribution.
  • Knowledge of devices, components, and techniques involved in utility connections and services, and backflow prevention.
  • Knowledge of construction methods and inspection methods and materials and testing techniques.

Ability to:

  • Use modern office equipment, including information entry and retrieval from personal computers.
  • Comprehend technical written materials and laboratory reports.
  • Read and interpret construction plans and specifications, draw sketches, read maps, and perform mathematical calculations.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, maintain accurate records, and make recommendations.
  • Explain laws, regulations, and ordinances to contractors and the public, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, representatives of commercial and industrial firms, and State regulatory agencies.
  • Open manhole lids weighing 70 to 150 pounds using a hand hook or other appropriate equipment and do frequent lifting of up to 25 pounds.
  • Possess a valid Oregon driver's license or Class C driver's license and meet the City's driving standards or alternate methods to move from one construction site to an other each work day efficiently.


Work involves office and field settings. Office work involves use of personal computers, reviewing plans and drawings, and preparing correspondence. Field work occurs on an ongoing basis in all types of weather and moving between several sites within the same day. Inspection involves moving in construction areas around heavy equipment and traffic, over uneven surfaces, and in subterranean locations as well as in locations several stories high. Requires candidate to open manhole lids weighing 70 to 150 pounds using a hand hook or other appropriate equipment and to do frequent lifting of up to 25 pounds.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties or roles performed by personnel so classified. It is as well intended to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Salem job application by the closing date of this announcement. The application will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best-qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.


TO APPLY:  Please complete the on-line Application and submit electronically by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.

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