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Taos County is now accepting applications for:

JOB TITLE: Building Inspector II   

SALARY: $14.64 - $17.61 per hour DOE

This is a Classified/Full Time/Union Eligible/FLSA Non-Exempt

 

DESCRIPTION:  

The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of working level para-professional and technical duties as needed to assure compliance with county and state building and energy conservation codes, and such county ordinances as assigned.  Performs inspections on residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Four (4) years of directly related experience and 

High School Diploma or HSE, plus one (1) year of specialized training in commercial, residential or industrial building methods and practices provided through technical college, professional workshops or university studies

Mandatory Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Qualifications:

Read, write, speak and comprehend the English language.

Working knowledge of construction methods and materials common to commercial, industrial and residential construction projects; basic engineering standards and codes; legal and governmental processes affecting various building programs and project management; building and energy conservation codes; modern construction methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment; basic drafting techniques, blue prints and related specifications; interpersonal communication skills.

Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to interpret codes accurately and effectively; analyze permanent structures to determine conformity of established codes; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; read and interpret plans and specifications; visualize completed projects in planning stages and estimate the end results;  estimate quantity of materials accurately;  perform advanced mathematical calculations;  develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

 

  • Must possess State of New Mexico General -Building Inspector certification.
  • Must possess Residential Building Inspector and Commercial Building Inspector certification from the International Code Council (ICC).  
  • Must meet annual licensing renewal requirements, through required ICC and State of NM continuing education. 
  • Must possess high level of customer service at all times.
  • Maintain a current insurable New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Bilingual skills in English and the Spanish language. 

 

The last day to apply for this position is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Please Note: This posting gives only a brief description of the position.  For copy of application and complete job description see www.taoscounty.org or contact Taos County Human Resources Department at 105 Albright Street, Taos, NM 87571; or 575-737-6312.

Department: Planning

Reports to (title): Works under the direct supervision of the Certified Building Official and general supervision of the Planning Director.

Job Code: 1506

Supervises: N/A

Pay Grade: 14

Classification: Non - Exempt, Bargaining Eligible

Hours/week: 40 hr/Week

Effective Date: July 7, 2012

Type of Position: Full-time

Revised Date: February 2018

 

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

  • In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees of Taos County are expected to conform to the following:
  • Uphold all principles of confidentiality and respect of all colleagues to the fullest extent.
  • Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards inherent to the Public Sector.
  • Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with all citizens and employees of Taos County. 
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Adhere to all Taos County Personnel Policies and Employee Work Rules


POSITION PURPOSE 

The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of working level para-professional and technical duties as needed to assure compliance with county and  state building and energy conservation codes, and such county ordinances as assigned.  Performs inspections on residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES  

The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by the employee in this position, only to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position specific duties.

Inspection: Visits building sites or existing buildings to perform inspections including zoning, habitability, yard location, footing, foundation, frame, and heating to assure compliance to building and energy conservation codes and ordinances as adopted by the County and State; conducts condemnation proceedings on unsafe structures; conducts final inspections and issues certificates of occupancy.

Performs technical and comprehensive inspections of industrial or commercial buildings and construction activities within the County; inspects building excavation, foundation, framing of walls, floors, structural elements, rated assemblies, handicapped facilities, truss structures, etc.; and other site improvements. 

Interprets regulations and codes to builder and property owners to assist them in altering construction plans to meet established standards.

Investigates alleged code violations for compliance with applicable county ordinances and adopted building codes; visits property sites to determine and document whether a violation exists; informs the owner, agent and contractor of violations of county ordinances, or adopted building codes; serves correction notices, stop work orders and notices of violation (NOV's), as needed; works closely with county attorney in ensuring compliance with the law and observance of safety regulations; prepares certification of the inspection;  follows through on abatement of particular violations; examines buildings upon request by Emergency Management, Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshall, law enforcement, the County Manager, the Planning Director, and Certified Building Official for occupancy or reuse.

Maintains plans, permits and files on buildings under construction, on all inspection and site visits, work notices, soil and concrete tests, etc.; researches into particular problems; suggests solutions.

Researches code changes and interpretations and communicates related information to the public as the occasion arises; reviews and studies codes and ordinances to stay abreast of changes

Plan Review: Receives and examines building plans for compliance with county and state building codes as to construction, building type, occupancy, fire protection and location of lot; verifies plans to conform to county ordinances; refers plans ot other agencies for further review, as necessary; Confirms that a Zoning, Floodplain, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Area, Wetlands Area, and Rural Addressing review has been performed by the appropriate county, state, or federal entity.

Processes building applications; determines building permit fees following established procedures for building type and size; issues permits for grading, building, remodeling, demolition and other types of construction, as required by law.                                                                                                                            

Conducts pre-project processes and may coordinate the preparation of various drafts of project documents and specifications; 

Checks for errors on blueprints; assists customers with, accepts, reviews and stores building permits; discusses and explains ordinances and codes to concerned home owners, property owners and contractors; assumes authority and responsibility for plan corrections as to conformance to county ordinances and adopted building codes.

Works closely with the Planners, the Fire Chief and/or the Fire Marshall to ensure that applicable conditions of approval have been meet prior to releasing a certificate of Occupancy. (C.O.)

 

MINIMUM MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

Four (4) years of directly related experience and  

Education:

High School Diploma or HSE, plus one (1) year of specialized training in commercial, residential or industrial building methods and practices provided through technical college, professional workshops or university studies

 

Mandatory Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Qualifications:

Read, write, speak and comprehend the English language.

Working knowledge of construction methods and materials common to commercial, industrial and residential construction projects; basic engineering standards and codes; legal and governmental processes affecting various building programs and project management; building and energy conservation codes; modern construction methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment; basic drafting techniques, blue prints and related specifications;  interpersonal communication skills.

Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to interpret codes accurately and effectively; analyze permanent structures to determine conformity of established codes; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; read and interpret plans and specifications; visualize completed projects in planning stages and estimate the end results;  estimate quantity of materials accurately;  perform advanced mathematical calculations;  develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

Must possess State of New Mexico General -Building Inspector certification.

Must possess Residential Building Inspector and Commercial Building Inspector certification from the International Code Council (ICC).  

Must meet annual licensing renewal requirements, through required ICC and State of NM continuing education. 

Must possess high level of customer service at all times.

Maintain a current insurable New Mexico driver's license.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bilingual skills in English and the Spanish language

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight travel may be required from time to time. This position also requires out door work with exposure to all weather conditions and possibility of personal risk where safety equipment i.e. shoes, glasses, hardhat, gloves, etc. will be required while out on field. Regular travel is required.

 

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to: walk, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  May be required to stand for long periods.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more. The employee must regularly drive around the County to conduct inspections. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. 

Mental demands: There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a wide variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues.

 

Disclaimer:  The information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees in this position.  It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Employees will be asked to perform other duties as needed.

 

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