Job Vacancy Senior Building Inspector – Extra-Help County of Sonoma (CA)

Job title: Senior Building Inspector – Extra-Help

Company: County of Sonoma (CA)

Job description: Position Information

Join Permit Sonoma as a Senior Building Inspector – Extra-Help. Now recruiting highly qualified inspectors, with multiple years of California code compliance/inspection experience. Starting salary up to $47.55/hour* depending upon experience.

Requirements include certification as a combination inspector or certificates in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical inspection; and current, valid driver’s license.

Permit Sonoma’s Building Inspectors work within an assigned geographical area, performing a variety of building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, floodplain, and fire and life safety visual inspections. Building upon their inspection experience, they conduct research and check building plans and layouts for conformance with building codes, County ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures. Senior Building Inspectors also manage special inspection programs; and perform the most complex and difficult combinations of large and small, commercial and residential, structural inspections. Additionally, using their advanced knowledge of building codes, County ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures, they analyze code disputes, clarify code interpretations, advise staff on non-routine plans and inspections, and coordinate daily route assignments.

As the ideal person for this position, you will bring your extensive, in-depth knowledge of current model codes, drive to engage others to work together towards a common goal, and experience:

  • Assisting and training staff on how to issue permits for construction improvements and effectively apply provisions of the California Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical codes; Fire Safe Standards; and related State and County codes and ordinances
  • Conducting onsite inspections of existing buildings and structures, ensuring safe occupancy and determining substandard and/or hazardous conditions, fire damage, structural failures, and the need for maintenance or repair
  • Clarifying and interpreting code disputes to seek compliance from architects, engineers, and designers during various building stages
  • Exercising excellent judgment and a common-sense approach to addressing challenging customer service situations
  • Reviewing plans and specifications, identifying any construction that deviated from expectations
  • Successfully interacted with a diverse customer base
  • Working well in a fast-paced/high-volume work environment

Additionally, possession of Plan Check and Certified Access Specialist Program (CASP) certifications are highly desired.

Please note that Senior Building Inspectors are required to work in indoor and outdoor environments, in all weather conditions, and drive County vehicles.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

is currently recruiting to fill a temporary, extra-help Senior Building Inspector position. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. *Salary is negotiable within the established range.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: High school graduation and recent academic course work relating to the knowledge and abilities listed is required.

Experience: Experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, a minimum of two years of experience as a building inspector in a governmental agency utilizing the California Building Code.

Licenses & Certifications: Possession of certification as a combination inspector or certificates in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical inspection are required. Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: the general and specific provisions of the California Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical codes, Fire Safe Standards and related State and County codes and ordinances; modern building and construction materials and their quality as it relates to State and County codes and ordinances, and of tools, practices and techniques used in the various building and construction trades; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.

Knowledge of: the departmental and county procedures in pursuing an orderly building abatement process, the upgrading of potential or existing hazardous building or structural conditions and for providing technical assistance to upgrade substandard conditions under State and County codes and ordinances.

Ability to: effectively and accurately interpret construction documents; write and speak clearly and concisely for the purpose of instructions and reports; make visual inspections, detect deviations from approved plans, specifications and to secure compliance and enforce State and County codes and ordinances; visually detect substandard building and construction materials, work and conditions; understand and verbally or visually interpret and clarify specific State and County codes and ordinance requirements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, the public and other agencies; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information; serves as first-line public contact for dispute resolution.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions may be reviewed by hiring managers.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant’s combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate pursuant to the California Department of Public Health must meet all vaccination requirements. Documented proof of vaccination(s) will be required.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: CG

HR Technician: KC

Expected salary: $39.12 – 47.55 per hour

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Job date: Mon, 04 Jul 2022 05:28:34 GMT

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