Public Space Management Inspector (Associate Civil Engineering Specialist)

City of Seattle, WA
November 2, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability - are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 1,200 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

Position Overview:
SDOT's Street Use Division has an exciting opportunity as a Public Space Management Inspector (under the City's classification title of Associate Civil Engineering Specialist). This person is responsible for inspections and code compliance related to a broad array of private uses of the public right-of-way, including vending, sidewalk cafes, street furniture, Shoreline Street Ends, fences, and retaining walls. This position will report to the Public Space Management Lead.
Job Responsibilities

  • Provide clear direction to those responsible, to remedy code violations and respond to questions about code and permitting requirements and Public Space Management programs. Communication may be face-to-face, over the phone, or written.
  • Perform inspections of permitted uses to determine compliance with approved site plans and permit conditions.
  • Research and perform inspections in response to complaints from the public and other departments about private encroachments or short-term activation or other uses of the right of-way to determine if violations of codes and regulations have occurred.
  • Communicate with feedback/concerns regarding enforcement.
  • Prepare compliance-related warnings and citations.
  • Represent SDOT in scheduled-joint enforcement efforts with other Departments and Agencies. This activity requires interaction with unpermitted vendors and occasionally occurs late at night, into early morning hours.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with permit reviewers, other members of the Public Space Management and Street Use team, and other City employees.
  • Support department goals in promoting diversity and social justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires two (2) years of experience in Civil Engineering and an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology or two (2) years of college level coursework in engineering and construction technology (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
  • Current Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one by start date.

Successful candidates will possess many of these additional qualifications or be able to demonstrate comparable experience and expertise:

  • Experience with code compliance and inspections.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and articulate applicable ordinances, municipal codes, plans and specifications, cut sheets, and street improvement manuals.
  • Interpret plans and mark-up drawings clearly, legibly, and in accordance with conventions.
  • Ability to switch tasks quickly and to maintain flexibility with work assignments.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to speak another language effectively, in addition to English, is a plus, but not required.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience with GIS or another mapping program.
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment with hybrid options at this time.
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to lift over 50 pounds.
  • May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Overnight travel may be required.

Additional Information

Please attach both cover letter and resume to the application.

Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.

Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The full salary range for this position is $44.09 - $51.32 per hour.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 11/21/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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