Public Works Inspector

  • City of Portland
  • Portland, OR, United States
Full Time Government

Job Description

The Position

The City of Portland is currently seeking a Public Works Inspector to join the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Public Works Inspectors are responsible for on-site inspection to enforce the contract plans and specifications for public works construction projects. Types of inspection work include water and sewer pipelines, underground utility installations, water or sewer connections, water or wastewater treatment plants and pump station construction, trench and street paving, concrete curbs and driveways, reservoirs and water quality features. Work is performed within a project team. Must be willing to work long hours in a noisy construction environment under potentially hazardous conditions and possess sufficient physical mobility, vision, hearing and speaking abilities related to the construction work requirements. The current vacancies are in the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The eligible list for this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies in the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Water Bureau.

This position is represented by District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) collective bargaining agreement, view the agreement at

External applicants start at the entry salary rate.

Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge and experience with the characteristics and capabilities of construction equipment and practices.
  2. Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diversity of others, interacting effectively, problem solving and partnering with citizens, community groups, designers, project/contract managers, and/or contractors.
  3. Experience understanding and retaining oral and written construction related information such as progress, dimensions, quantities, and instructions.
  4. Experience reading and comprehending technical documents such as survey notes, construction plans, specifications, codes, laws, contracts, procedure manuals, and inspection reports.
  5. Knowledge and experience applying safety practices to be followed during construction. 

Applicants must also possess:

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Your cover letter should be a brief letter of interest. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Additional Information

Application InstructionsApplicants must attach a professional resume, cover letter (as a letter of interest) and answers the supplemental questions outlined in the job announcement.  Your resume and answers to the supplemental questions should specifically focus on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
Your résumé and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your answers to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your answers
  • Your cover letter should be a brief (1 page) letter of interest
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Your résumé is reccomended to not exceed a  total of two (2) pages combined. Do not attach materials not requested.
 If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration Letter Stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.
Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application. 

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit  The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect public health, water quality and the environment. We provide sewage and stormwater collection and treatment services to accommodate Portland's current and future needs. We protect the quality of surface and ground waters and conduct activities that plan and promote healthy ecosystems in our watersheds.  For more information about the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, please visit  

Emily Mavraganis, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3314 An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Agency - City of Portland


1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204.Phone503-823-6821