Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for Senior Development Construction Inspector in our Public Works Department.  Primary functions of this position include the inspection of right-of-way and infrastructure construction on multiple private development projects and the review of materials to ensure compliance with various standards and regulations.  Leadership, communication, and project management skills are critical for success in this position.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working with directly developers, contractors, and the public as well as multiple departments within the City of Kent. The person selected will act as a project liaison on multiple projects and actively collaborate with others to ensure project success. Inspectors in our group work independently, but are supported by a strong support network within the Construction section.

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete. Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This recruitment may utilize multiple steps to narrow down the applicant pool. Dates for these processes have not been established, but applicants will be kept informed as these details are determined.


$75,876- $92,508 annually; DOE


Under the direction of the Construction Engineering Manager, Supervisor or designee, perform construction inspection of privately funded Economic & Community Development (ECD) construction and utility projects; assure compliance with City codes and standards and contractual provisions of the projects; act as lead City representative to assist the Construction Engineering Manager and Supervisor in administration of private development civil construction projects.

Work is characterized by a high degree of difficult, complex and specialized technical duties requiring the ability to make decisions and take responsibility for such decisions while overseeing multiple Development projects. This position has some supervisory responsibility over contracted consultants, temporary inspectors, and interns as assigned.

Work is performed independently under minimal direct field supervision.  Supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. Incumbent and Supervisor work together to prioritize workload and meet the needs of customers.   Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets City policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Incumbent keeps Supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications. Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results. Decisions are based upon Standards and contractual provisions of projects. 



Inspect private civil construction and improvement work on multiple projects concurrently; review construction materials to assure compliance with plans, specifications, codes, regulations, and City Standards.

Ensure compliance during the construction and installation of public ROW improvements and associated appurtenances including, but not limited to, earthwork, asphalt and concrete paving, concrete flatwork, traffic signals, illumination, pump stations, water tanks & reservoirs, storm drains, detention ponds, sewers, water systems, channelization, non-motorized facilities, structures, etc.

Suggest, coordinate, and facilitate field and design changes with Developers and City of Kent ECD Project Engineers. 

Serve as the focal point for all communication generated by the City of Kent regarding development projects to developers, contractors, residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

Assist, as necessary, Engineering Permit Technicians in the technical aspects of water service, side sewer, wastewater, utility and street use permits according to established procedures to facilitate review and issuance of permits.

Make on-site inspections to review progress of work and answer questions.  Coordinate construction logistics and promote cooperation between project team members, developers, contractors, utility purveyors, and stakeholders.

Coordinate project startup, testing, determination of completion, Performance Walk-thru’s, 1 & 2 Year Maintenance Walk-thru’s, and completion of punch lists for release of Construction Maintenance and Performance bonds.

Ensure temporary erosion and sediment control (TESC) measures are in place and performing to the extent of their intended function.

Communicate with the public, as necessary; investigate and resolve construction complaints and provide information needed for the resolution of claims for damages against the City; communicate with City departments and personnel and outside agencies to coordinate efforts and exchange information.

Prepare and maintain a variety of logs and construction records and reports related to employee’s work assignments and inspection activities, including daily reports, traffic control logs, field measurement sheets, and as-built plans. 

Document preexisting conditions of private and public property within, and adjacent to, the construction project limits to minimize City liability.

Ensure all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and guidelines are met.

Check for the proper use and placement of traffic signs at road construction and work sites in accordance with MUTCD guidelines; review traffic control logs. 

Report any observed safety issues including traffic, trench operations, etc. to appropriate parties.

As directed, assist in the review of specific Kent construction standard details and their related documents pertaining to materials and installation.

Actively support and follow the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


Perform related duties as assigned.

May serve as acting Construction Supervisor in their absence.



  • City codes and other applicable regulations related to construction inspection

  • Construction specifications and plans, WSDOT construction manual, Standard Plans for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction

  • Methods, procedures and materials used in heavy civil construction

  • Preparation and maintenance of project schedules

  • Proper Public Works inspection methods

  • Technical aspects of engineering and surveying

  • Record-keeping techniques

  • Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (M.U.T.C.D.)


  • Project Management

  • Leadership principles and practices

  • Interpersonal relations using tact, patience and courtesy

  • Remaining professional, tactful, patient, and courteous when dealing with hostile and/or irate contractors, owners, and citizens

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships

  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary

  • Anticipating problems in advance of their occurrence and eliminating them

  • Planning and organizing work on multiple tasks and/or multiple projects

  • MS Word, Excel, and Outlook


  • Inspect construction project work to assure conformance to standards

  • Read, interpret and apply codes and laws

  • Read and interpret construction drawings, plans and specifications

  • Perform required engineering computations

  • Maintain records and prepare reports

  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices

  • Communicate effectively with staff, clients, supervisor and co-workers


Education:   Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or related field; and

Experience:  Five (5) years of increasingly responsible heavy civil or utility construction experience;


  • Valid Washington State driver's license

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record

  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) or ability to obtain within 3 months of employment

  • Must successfully pass a position specific background inquiry


Typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer, telephone, cellular phone, copy machine, and calculator.

Required to operate City vehicle to travel to and from inspection sites.

Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools and equipment, including but not limited to, pea gun, surveyor levels, measuring rods, hand levels, temperature sensors, smart levels, Engineering Scale, and a variety of utility lid lifting devices.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear normally with or without mechanical assistance. Frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance.  Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Regularly required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, with mechanical assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an outdoor field environment and an indoor office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places.  The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration.  The incumbent is subject to driving from site to site, and may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office and loud in the field.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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