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Right-of-Way Construction Inspector job in Boulder

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Organization:  City of Boulder
Job Category:  Transportation
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Colorado (CO)
City:  Boulder
Salary and Benefits:  $20.69 - $33.11 Hourly (DOQ)

Overall Job Objective

Under general supervision, to inspect construction projects located in or impacting public rights-of-way and public easements for compliance with the Design and Construction Standards and related municipal codes and standards; to ensure that development and/or subdivision agreement requirements are met; and to work with the public and other city staff to resolve complaints and requests for service related to public infrastructure and construction.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Inspects construction projects located in or impacting public rights-of-way and public easements including work related to transportation, utility, stormwater, and flood control. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Interprets detailed construction plans and inspects materials and installation to meet plan specifications and city code requirements.
  • Witnesses materials and equipment testing. Verifies use of appropriate methodologies and documents results.
  • Identifies problems and makes field decisions as necessary to bring projects into compliance with city code.
  • Documents construction progress, field changes, and inspections. Reviews and approves "as-built" construction drawings. Issues acceptance reports for new infrastructure and authorizes releases of financial guarantees.
  • Ensures that project applicants are fully informed of city requirements, necessary permits, relevant processes and deadlines from time of initial contact to final acceptance of the project.
  • Monitors implementation of erosion control and traffic control plans to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Responds to inquiries about project applications, city plan requirements, policies, codes, processes, right-of-way construction permits, and related matters.
  • Reads and interprets surveys, plats, easements, and other legal documents.
  • Assists in ensuring that contractors meet all licensing and insurance requirements for working in the city of Boulder.

2. Reviews permit applications for work located in or impacting public rights-of-way and public easements. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Performs field visits and provides input on proposed permit applications
  • Assists engineering staff with review of construction plans and reports
  • Issues permit approvals on applications not requiring engineering review

3. Provides assistance to the public and city staff on construction and infrastructure related issues. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Works with the engineering review staff, the public, contractors, and other city departments as necessary to resolve complaints, requests for service, and right-of-way related code violations. May issue stop work orders and/or coordinate with enforcement staff as necessary to achieve compliance.
  • Interacts with professional engineers, architects, contractors, and homeowners to discuss and resolve design and construction issues.
  • Supports enforcement efforts by analyzing issues and providing documentation for necessary city departments, such as City Attorney's office and Code Enforcement, and testifies in court as necessary.
  • Researches and interprets codes, plans, reports, survey documents, and legal agreements.
  • May assist with emergency response and investigation of development related incidents.

4. Maintains knowledge of pertinent construction standards and practices including those related to transportation, domestic water, wastewater, stormwater, flood control, natural gas, electric, telecommunications, traffic control, and erosion control.

5. Maintains knowledge of pertinent city Master Plans, city policies, Municipal codes, and Design and Construction Standards.

6. Maintains professional certifications as required to meet the needs of the city.

7. Maintains personal and professional standards of continuous improvement; updates job knowledge as to changing products, technologies and building codes.

8. Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.

9. Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and act accordingly to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.

The City of Boulder is committed to hiring employees who provide excellent customer service. Our employees act with a high level of integrity, and take responsibility for their words and actions.

City of Boulder employees strive to respect and appreciate each individual's differences, and to work effectively with all people and their diverse backgrounds. We support candid and honest interactions, which respect other points of view, and are sensitive to communication differences. We achieve organizational goals through inclusive problem solving, planning, and decision-making. Community partnerships are included in this effort.


  • Shares responsibility with all team members to develop a clear, unified city position, and takes responsibility to resolve differences.
  • Functions as a member of a team emphasizing a problem-solving orientation, effective communication, high integrity, effective and efficient service to the public and co-workers, and accountability in completion of assigned projects.
  • Actively contributes to and participates as a member of a team, recognizes the needs of the team members and supports them, as needed, to provide for an equitable distribution of work.
  • Is accountable for communicating with colleagues, customers, the community, other department representatives, and supervisors in a clear, timely and appropriate manner.
  • Facilitates good communication with and between key stakeholders, including applicants and staff members. This includes providing information and obtaining feedback, listening to and respecting input, listening for high leverage opportunities, listening beyond the communication at the surface to hear the underlying intentions of others, encouraging participation, and confronting and directly addressing issues, as concerns arise.
  • Consistently demonstrates excellent customer service in all interactions with both internal and external customers; maintains standards of professionalism, respect and fairness.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is focused on continuous improvement and readily accepts and acts on coaching from supervisor and coworkers.


The City of Boulder is commited to service excellence for an inspired future and the following values:

Customer service - We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach.

Respect - We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds, and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

Integrity - We are stewards of the public's trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our committments and accept responsibility.

Collaboration - We are committed to organization success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.

Innovation - We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks, and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading edge service.


High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum of two years of experience in engineering, construction or maintenance work demonstrating knowledge of construction methods, materials and standards for transportation, utility, and stormwater facilities. Demonstrated ability to perform basic mathematical calculations. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and relate courteously and effectively with contractors, the general public and coworkers. Demonstrated ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering construction drawings, building codes, regulations, specifications, engineering studies, and technical reports. Working knowledge of construction materials and standards, current construction practices and methods. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills. Effective organizational and time management skills. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Strong attention to detail. Valid driver's license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record and background information, including criminal conviction history.


In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Previous experience with right-of-way inspection in municipal government. Computer software experience, including permit-tracking software, geographic information systems, electronic mail, word processing, spread sheet and database applications. Experience working with legal documents including surveys, plats, easements, and agreements. Training or certification in erosion control inspection. Certification as an ATSSA Traffic Control Technician or Traffic Control Supervisor.

Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions: Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

Physical and Mental Effort: Ability to perform both sedentary activity in an office environment and moderately strenuous physical activity in an outdoor environment; physical ability to stand, walk, climb, and kneel on varied terrain; regularly lifting and carrying including occasionally lifting objects over 100 pounds; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate personal computer and office equipment; vision for operating vehicles, reading, recording, and interpreting information; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and customers. Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in an outdoor environment in variable weather conditions. Frequent exposure to noise, adverse weather conditions, machinery/equipment hazards, and traffic hazards. Periodic exposure to other physical and chemical hazards including dust, chlorine, solvents, and other construction related materials. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machines and equipment: Include, but are not limited to the following:
City vehicle, personal computer, telephone, photocopy machine, facsimile machine, measuring devices, handheld computer, camera equipment, calculator, and testing equipment.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

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