This position is responsible for performing difficult technical and intermediate administrative work involved in inspecting, managing, and assuring the quality of a wide variety of Public Works related projects, including sediment control, landscaping, grading, concrete, asphalt, construction, water, sewer, and storm drain, and stormwater management related construction. Under the general direction of the Chief of Construction Management and the Principal Construction Inspector, the incumbent ensures that work and operations are performed in compliance with all applicable codes, specifications, and regulations. Contact is required within the organization and with the general public, contractors, developers, builders, public utilities, and public agencies for the purpose of exchanging information to carry out organization programs and to explain specialized matters.
The ideal candidate should have some background in "green Infrastructure" with a primary focus on the construction of Stormwater Management Facilities such as bioretention, bioswales, dry wells and green roofs. Additional responsibilities will include regulatory oversight and enforcement when private contractors are not installing infrastructure in accordance with approved permits and plans.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Inspects, observes, and documents the construction of public works related construction, including concrete curbs, sidewalks, and driveway aprons; water, sewer, and storm drain mains and appurtenances, including backfill, compaction, and restoration of the trench and roadway; and ensures compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
Inspects sediment control devices for compliance with applicable laws and for proper installation and function, directing corrective action as necessary and coordination with the Environmental Management Division for compliance with State law.
Inspects landscaping and tree installations and ensures compliance with related local and state laws and coordination with the City Forester on all Public Works related construction activity.
Confirms and ensures compaction requirements of soils, asphalt, concrete, and other back-fill related materials.
Develops quantity take-off estimates and construction cost estimates on public works related construction projects.
Checks grades and elevations on all construction related work with the use of land-survey related procedures and equipment.
Determines that all applicable construction related permits and bonds are obtained and that all related work is in compliance with the terms of the related permits before release.
Documents all construction related activities in written and visual formats, including maintaining files for daily diary and/or daily written construction reports, photography, and video.
Determines reasonableness and accuracy of construction related change orders and modifications to construction contracts, including computation of cost and schedule impacts.
Investigates and resolves construction related complaints filed by various parties throughout the City.
May be responsible for the preparation of construction related drawings and as built sketches and may make related calculations and measurements.
Observes all construction related activity for compliance with Traffic Control issues and resolve conflicts as needed.
Observes safety issues and works with MOSH inspectors to resolve related safety issues.
Investigates and resolves conflicts on construction related activity with the general public, contractors, developers, private property owners, and all related stake holders.
Performs other duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques of Public Works construction, including safe work practices.
Knowledge of quality control and quality assurance in construction and the ability to resolve conflicts and achieve compliance.
Working knowledge of typical contracts and specifications used in public works construction, including local, state, regional, and federal laws and regulations.
Knowledge of computers and job related software, including the ability to create and maintain computer files and documents.
May require knowledge of methods, nomenclature, and practice of engineering drafting and use of drafting instruments.
Knowledge of property records and plats.
Knowledge of land surveying instruments and practices, including the ability to read grades and elevations.
Ability to interpret construction plans and specifications and to compare them with work in progress.
Ability to deal firmly, fairly, and tactfully with contractors, workers, property owners, and the general public contacted during the course of work, sometimes under contentious circumstances.
Ability to make construction related calculations rapidly and accurately.
Ability to understand and work from both oral and written instructions and directions and the ability to communicate clearly with others.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and with those contacted during the course of the work.
Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience as a construction inspector, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Special Qualifications: Must have or obtain within one year of date of hire or promotion:
NICET Level II certification or an equivalent certification as determined by the City.
APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII).
Maryland Department of the Environment designation as a "responsible person" for erosion and sediment control.
Certification by MDE in water sampling.
Must possess an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of Maryland
Preferred Experience Experience in green infrastructure performance as stormwater management systems, excellent communication skills and leadership skills. Baseline understanding of design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with emphasis on how to properly construct and maintain Green Infrastructure/ Environmental Site Design-type stormwater best management practices.
Preferred Training Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) or the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) is preferred but not required.