Public Works Inspector

Public Works: Engineering


$44,870 Per Year


Full City Benefits Package

The City of St. George covers 100% of the premiums for the High Deductible health plan for full-time employees and their qualified dependents. New hires also receive 2 weeks of vacation time during their first year of employment, one of which is available to the employee the first day of employment. To find out more about our benefits package, please click the link below:

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Job Description

Salary Range

Public Works Inspector Starting Salary: 45 ($44,870/year)

Individuals hired in this position have the opportunity to progress up to $67,304/year, which is the maximum salary for this position as of December 2019.


Position Summary

Under supervision of the Division Manager, performs independent inspections of public right of ways;  inspects capital improvement and development construction projects; reviews engineering material and grading reports; reviews residential and site construction drawings for compliance with city standards and constructability, and evaluates production sites such as aggregate quarry sites, asphalt, and concrete production plants.


Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1. Works closely and coordinates with the city’s project engineers and/or representatives and public utility companies in the review and construction of city and development related projects.

2. Reviews and provides input on designs and field revisions for constructability, avoidance of field conflicts, conformance to design criteria, construction codes, accuracy, completeness of design, and suitability to the city’s functional requirements.

3. Reviews the construction site, project plans, and specifications prior to project construction for familiarity and from a construction feasibility standpoint.

4. Participates in and at times conducts the preconstruction conference with engineers, developers, contractors, and various utility representatives to discuss principal construction features, requirements, and inspection procedures.

5. Issues permits and provides detailed and timely inspections of the materials, quality, and methods used by engineers, contractors, and tradesmen in the construction of public infrastructure, i.e., construction control staking; clearing of land; mass grading; detention and retention basins; excavation, backfill, and compaction for all utilities in public right of ways; and construction of streets, pipelines, curb, gutters, sidewalks, asphalt, permanent monuments, etc.

6. Keeps records and documentation of project construction, and provides input into the development of record drawings.

7. Provides necessary information to engineering and construction crews regarding methods which assure compliance with various construction standards, public development standards, safety, etc. 

8. Observes quarry sites and assists the manufacturer in modifying the mix design to meet the city’s requirements.  Reviews and coordinates with the City Engineer the approval of mix designs for aggregate sub-base, aggregate road base, asphalt pavements, and concrete for use in private and public infrastructure.

9. Reviews materials testing reports and final grading reports developed by civil/geotechnical engineers for conformance with ASTM, AASHTO, and other related test methods.  Assures that the city’s minimum inspection and testing requirements are met and, observes that the lab and field technicians follow proper sampling and testing procedures.  Reviews the recommended roadway structural sections prepared by civil/geotechnical engineers for completeness and conformance to field conditions prior to approval.  Advises the engineers of necessary corrections if oversights occur.  Oversees quality control testing and final acceptance inspections.  Provides input on authorizations for issuing building permits.

10.   Operates computer management programs, and prepares various records and reports for public record.  Coordinates and interfaces plans and schedules with other city departments and governmental agencies.

11.   Investigates the need for contract change orders on capital improvement projects taking conditions at the work site into consideration and then working with the engineer and contractor to formulate cost estimates for negotiations and completion of the work.

12.   Performs Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections as required for residential and commercial development projects.  Communicates with contractor any deficiencies that are determined during the SWPPP inspections and follows through with contractor to verify that deficiencies are addressed. 

13.   Performs other related duties as required.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions  

Moderate to heavy physical activity.  Requires frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling of moderate weights and occasionally over 100 pounds.  Required to work in extremely rough construction areas.  Requires stooping, bending, and climbing in and out of construction areas and mining and quarry sites.  Exposure to confined spaces; hazardous materials such as fumes, liquids, asphalt, etc.; working around heavy machinery noise, blasting areas, deep trenches, pipes under high pressure; occasionally exposed to pathogenic bacteria and noxious gases; and desert climate conditions.  Moderate exposure to stress as result of human behavior.

Minimum Qualifications


Education:  High school diploma or equivalent. 

Experience:  Minimum of six (6) years full time paid work experience performing duties involving inspection of and/or working with municipal engineering or residential/commercial development projects.  Related post high school education may substitute for two (2) years experience on a year for year basis.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

•         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

•         Must possess or obtain within six (6) months of hire the following:

   Certified Stormwater Inspector Certification

   Traffic Control Supervisor Certification


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

•         OSHA construction standards including trenching and confined space safety.

•         Work zone traffic control and safety including knowledge of the MUTCD and other local, state, and federal work zone safety standards.

•         Standard engineering design and construction methods to meet field conditions.

•         Knowledge of Nuclear Gage safety and testing.

Ability to:

•         Apply standard engineering design and construction methods to meet field conditions.

•         Read and interpret engineering drawings, specifications, city ordinances, safety manuals, construction, and design standards.

•         Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

•         Operate basic computer programs needed for assignments.

•         Prioritize work assignments, prepare daily work schedules, report on progress and order necessary materials and equipment.

•         Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, subordinates, the public, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 09/21/2020 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.