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Grading Inspector, Senior

Salary: $26.96-$32.91 hourly / $4,689-$5,724 monthly / Range: 5938

DEFINITION: Under general direction, coordinates permit processing and conducts inspections for complex large-scale grading projects, trains grading inspection staff; and performs related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the Building Engineering Inspector Specialist in that the latter serves as a certified technical specialist in an area of building inspection, such as electrical or mechanical. This class is distinguished from the Building Engineering Inspector, Supervising in that the Grading Inspector, Senior is a leadworker responsible for training grading staff, whereas the Supervisor performs all supervisory duties for both the building and grading inspection staff.


1. Conducts inspections of complex, large-scale commercial, multi-unit, residential, agricultural and subdivision grading/drainage projects.
2. Reviews plans for compliance with County grading ordinance; answers complex questions regarding codes and ordinances from the public and other departmental staff members.
3. Investigates complaints and violations; uses Notice of Violation and enforcement procedures; provides information to builders, contractors, property owners, engineers, architects and others about excavation, grading, erosion control requirements, suggests methods for meeting requirements; and may testify in court.
4. Keeps records of inspections made and actions taken; prepares correction notices.
5. Handles controversial cases involving disputes over interpretation and application of grading codes and ordinances.
6. Confers with other County officials and builders, contractors, property owners, engineers, architects and others on permit review and approval and on inspection procedures and problems related to complex projects.
7. Represents the County at meetings and conferences; meets with contractors and industry to provide information about new code requirements.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Completion of 9 continuing education or semester units or 14 quarter units in civil engineering, engineering geology, slope stability and protection, soil mechanics, erosion control methods, soil engineering, liquefaction effects, environmental geology, landslide abatement, expansive soils, soils and foundations for architects and engineers, grading and drainage principles, grading plan review, or other related areas; and,

1. four years of experience performing grading and drainage inspection, including two years at the journey level, that would provide an expert understanding of grading codes and ordinances, and current methods and materials; or,
2. two years performing duties equivalent to the class of Grading Inspector II with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: codes and ordinances related to grading; current methods and materials related to grading, drainage, and erosion control; grading and drainage practices for large-scale complex projects; basic geometry and arithmetic.

Ability to: maintain inspection records; prepare written reports; read and interpret large-scale complex grading and drainage plans, interpret; apply, explain and implement local grading codes and ordinances; learn legal processes associated with grading violations; communicate effectively with public officials, developers, engineers, geologists, and the public; and train grading staff.


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