2022-07-28 2022-08-17

Construction Inspector

San Lorenzo Valley Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84201
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84201
  • Organization Website

San Lorenzo Valley Water District is looking for applicants for the position of Construction Inspector. Please read the details of the position and how to apply below:


CLOSING DATE: August 17, 2022

SALARY: $6,119 - $8,200 per month depending on qualifications

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is located in the coastal redwoods approximately 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, CA. If you live in the nearby towns of Felton or Scotts Valley, you are a relaxing 15-minute drive to work or the beach. The District maintains approximately 190 miles of pipeline and serves a population of approximately 35,000 customers. The SLV Water District was established in 1941 and serves the communities of Boulder Creek to Felton and Lompico to Scotts Valley.

The District is seeking a candidate with two years progressively responsible experience who is interested in making construction of water treatment and distribution facilities their career. The ideal candidate is an experienced inspector of underground wet utility projects, along with grading and erosion control projects, able to strongly represent the District on a variety of jobsites and project types. A potable water background is preferred, as is construction or construction inspection experience and a strong knowledge of State and Local codes.

Under general supervision of the Engineering Manager, performs field inspections and documentation of construction work related to water treatment and distribution and other facilities to ensure compliance with plans, specifications, permits, and accepted construction methods; acts as liaison between the District, contractors, and the public on issues of concern regarding the construction work; reviews contractor submittals and requests for information; provides constructability reviews of improvement plans; provides field support for GIS system updates by verifying locations of facilities; and performs other duties as assigned.

This is a single-position class responsible for inspecting and documenting all types of construction work. The incumbent has the authority to stop work on a particular phase of construction, reject materials which do not conform with plans and specifications, and require corrective action on unsatisfactory work.

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

  • Inspects and approves construction work related to treated and raw water facilities and other structures and appurtenances, to ensure compliance with plans and specifications regarding construction materials, methods, equipment, and workmanship;
  • Attends pre-bid, pre-construction, and weekly progress meetings for all District projects;
  • Confers as needed with District Engineering staff, and with contractors' representatives and/or County or State agency personnel, regarding errors or deviations and sees that appropriate corrective measures are taken;
  • Monitors construction safety practices and traffic control systems and takes corrective action on apparent violations, or refers apparent violations to the relevant authority;
  • Approves field changes, or requests approval from Engineering and relays instructions to contractor;
  • Secures samples and makes tests of sand, soil, aggregates, concrete, and other materials in the field;
  • Operates line chlorination equipment and tests samples for chlorine residual;
  • Reviews surveying data and procedures to see that line, grade and location have been properly established and that they are followed during construction;
  • Represents the District to utilities, government agencies, and the public regarding compliance with regulations, coordination of efforts, relaying of information, and mediation of problems;
  • Keeps photographic and written records of details and progress of construction work, including "as-built" drawings;
  • Verifies accuracy of contractor submittals of “as-built” drawings;
  • Verifies contractor requests for partial payments by estimating quantity of materials supplied and construction completed;
  • Maintains accurate records of inspections and tests, and makes written reports;
  • May assist Engineering Department in field survey work, water quality sampling or other duties as assigned;
  • May assist Environmental Projects Manager with inspection and/or supervision of fuel management and/or mitigation project specification preparation and project inspection.
  • Maintains a variety of computer records related to work performed.


Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, equipment, techniques and tests used in the construction of ductile iron and HDPE pipelines; concrete and/or steel structures; and tank coatings.
  • State and local regulations related to construction of water systems, to include storm water runoff and erosion control requirements.
  • Principles of piping system hydraulics and soil compaction.
  • General construction inspection methods and techniques.
  • Basic geometry, math and algebra.
  • Use and maintenance of basic hand and measuring tools.
Ability to:
  • Inspecting construction projects for conformance with plans and specifications and acceptability of materials and methods.
  • Reviewing plans, submittals, and requests for information.
  • Reading and interpreting plans, specifications, maps, drawings, contracts and work orders.
  • Maintaining accurate records and preparing concise reports.
  • Dealing tactfully and effectively with contractors, utilities, governmental agencies, and the general public, sometimes when relations may be strained.
  • Learn and apply principles, policies and procedures. Represent the District favorably in speech and demeanor.

Any combination of the following education, training, and experience, which demonstrates attainment of the required knowledge and ability to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed):

Education Required: Associate’s Degree or equivalent technical school training in a construction or engineering-related curriculum or a closely related field; and/or equivalent relevant experience.

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in construction and inspection, preferably in a water-related industry.


  • A valid California Class C Driver’s License must be maintained at all times. Possession and proof of a good driving record as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents for at least two (2) years duration.
  • Possession of and continued maintenance of a State of California, Department of Health Services Water Distribution Certificate Grade D2; or Must obtain Water Distribution Certificate Grade D2 within eighteen (18) months of date of hire. Failure to obtain certification will be grounds for termination.

This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, CalPERS Pension, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and more.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit a completed package consisting of the following:

  • District Employment Application
  • Resume
  • Supplemental Questions (see below)
  • Letter of Interest

You can find the complete package of documents and the Employment Application at the following link: http://www.slvwd.com/_Employment.htm

Email to humanresources@slvwd.com

Supplemental Questions: Construction Inspector
Supplemental Questions are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Responses to the questions serve as documentation of each candidates’ ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Responses must be typed and cannot exceed two (2) single sided electronic 8.5 X 11 inch pages.

Supplemental Questions:
In responding to the questions below, please incorporate an explanation of what makes you the best candidate for this position.

1. Describe in your opinion the three most important OSHA safety requirements for a typical underground job site.

2. Describe the methodology you use for the inspection and documentation of construction projects.

3. Describe your experience using office systems: CAD, GIS, manipulation of PDF documents, Blue Beam, Adobe, time/project tracking applications, Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Power Point, Excel and Word) and other products.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.