Sunday, May 22, 2022

Public Works Inspector III, Facilities

Recruitment #21-2172-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

License requirement: Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Before the last day to file, candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and at time of hire, and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period. A clean driving is defined by NO moving violations within the previous three-year period.

Please attach a scanned PDF copy of your DMV printout to your online application under the RESUME TAB. The DMV printout must be dated during the period of December 22, 2021 to February 11, 2022. Please scan documents and upload one (1) file with your application.

Note: To upload your DMV printout follow the instructions located on the Resume Tab of your application. The Resume Tab is located at the top of the screen after you have completed the supplemental questionnaire. Please remember you can only upload ONE (1) document under the resume tab and NOT multiple files of your document.

Applications, Supplemental Questionnaire, and DMV Printout will only be accepted online.



The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at


The Public Works Inspectors, Facilities, inspect and evaluate existing flood control facilities including channels, pipes and culverts, tide gates, levees, etc.; prepares reports and recommendations for any necessary corrections; responds to 24-hour hazardous material spills in Alameda County; utilizes the equipment necessary to work safely underground; and may be responsible for inspecting maintenance contract work such as tree trimming/removals, installation of various pipe, earth-work grading, minor concrete work and fence repairs and installations.

At the III level only, incumbents also inspect roadways and related facilities and improvements.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Public Works Inspector, III (#2172)


Either I

The equivalent of two years full time experience as a Public Works Inspector II, Facilities, or an equivalent or higher-level class in the Alameda County service.


The equivalent of four years full time experience in increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering experience at least two years of which included flood control or water distribution facilities inspection.

Special Certificate:

Within six months of employment, Public Works Inspectors must meet Operations Level or higher training requirements and/or competencies sufficient to respond, recognize and manage hazardous materials cleanup. These requirements are typically met by possession Hazardous Water Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) First Responder Operations (FRO) level certification. HAZWOPER FRO training requirements and competencies are defined in the California Codes of Regulations Title 8, Section 5192 (q) (6) (B) or 29CCR 1910.120 (q) (6) (i).

License (required for all levels):
Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and at time of hire, and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:  

Knowledge of:

• Office methods and procedures, including filing and record keeping practices.
• Basic design and construction methods and materials for flood control facilities and roadways.
• Field engineering investigation procedures.
• Mathematics including trigonometry and standards methods and equipment used in flood control facility maintenance and basic engineering drafting procedures.
• Pavement inspection and the County Pavement Management System and other maintenance management systems.
• Hazardous materials response and sampling procedures.
• OSHA rules and regulations.
• Public Works construction practices drawings, specifications and labor compliance laws.
• Computer applications and software related to the work.

Ability to:

• Prepare complete and comprehensive written reports.
• Operate a computer and other standard office equipment.
• Analyze rules and regulations for the preparation of maintenance permits.
• Analyze and interpret plans, drawings, specifications, codes, technical manuals and maps.
• Maintain effective working relationships with property owners, other public agencies and others.
• Inspect pavement and maintenance contract projects.
• Prepare drawings for as builds; change orders and maintenance contract projects.
• Operate gas detection meters and hazardous materials sampling devices.
• Train personnel and take lead responsibility of inspection teams.
• Operate a variety of equipment such as camera, calculator, two-way radio and telephone.
• Walk on steep slopes, slippery surfaces and climb ladders.
• Work independently in the field.
• Safely work in all kinds of weather day or night.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in English, both written and oral.
• Maintain composure during stressful situations and make good decisions.
• Train and provide field supervision to assigned personnel.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. 

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline for Filing:                                                               5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 20, 2022 
Friday, February 11, 2022
Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by Friday, January 28, 2022
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for best qualified:  by Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Oral Interviews*:  Week of February 28, 2022
 Updated 1/20/22 (eb)    
*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.   Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address:    Phone: 510-272-6393


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.