Building Inspector II

Columbia County, Oregon   Saint Helens, OR   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on June 6, 2024
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Announcement# 2024-016

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Range: $6,249, - $7,735, per month

The BUILDING INSPECTOR II position is full-time, 37.5 hours, Civil Service, and Union represented.

Columbia County is looking for an experienced building inspector to join the Building Department team of Land Development Services.

Land Development Services is your best source of information related to land use, zoning, permitting, building construction, dividing land, and other general land development in unincorporated Columbia County. We provide technical assistance and information to help you take your project from idea to reality.

The Building Division is entrusted with achieving compliance with applicable State laws and adopted building codes regarding building design and construction within unincorporated Columbia County and the City of Rainier. Building codes are in place to protect public health, safety, and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. Our services include plan review, permitting, and inspections.

DUTIES: Perform commercial and residential building inspection and plan reviews to ensure compliance with state and county codes including structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and specialty codes.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Equivalent to a two-year degree in construction, plumbing, electrical field, or related field. Five years' of increasingly responsible experience in building inspection, code administration or enforcement, or construction. Any satisfactory combination of experience and training, which demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted for the above requirements.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Equivalent to a four-year degree in engineering, architecture, or related field preferred. Additional certifications desirable in addition to those listed below. Team player willing to work collaboratively toward shared goals and be open to diverse ideas and perspectives. Receive constructive feedback in a positive manner.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess at time of hire: State of Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and at least one State of Oregon A-Level Certification(s) in the following: Oregon Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA), Oregon Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA), or Oregon Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA). This position also requires the following Residential certifications: Residential Structural Inspector (CAS), Residential Plans Examiner (CAX), Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP), and Residential Electrical Inspector; International Code Council (ICC) Certifications may substitute for the required certifications once converted to an Oregon Certificate. Must possess a valid driver's license and be insurable under the county's liability insurance.

A-Level Plumbing Inspector (PI) Requirements: Four years education with apprenticeship and four years of employment and experience as an Oregon journeyman plumber; and/or other requirements by the State of Oregon including passing a board-approved examination.

A-Level Electrical Inspector (EI) Requirements: Four years education with apprenticeship and four years of employment and experience as an Oregon general journeyman electrician; and/or other requirements by the State of Oregon including passing a board-approved examination.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY: Thorough knowledge of building construction materials and methods. Knowledge of the state and county building and zoning laws and codes.

Skill in permitting software programs and Microsoft Office products.

Skill in report composition, effective communication practices, interpretation and enforcement of statutes, rules, codes, ordinances, and conditions of approval.

Ability to:

  • Organize, prioritize, and produce an accurate work product and meet deadlines. Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Express ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing. Use sound judgment.
  • Adapt to change or new situations and openly acknowledge and work through conflict. Accept responsibility and be able to work well with ambiguity.
  • Work independently and as a team.
  • Act in such a manner as to maintain the confidentiality of the records and issues and other matters that may be encountered.
  • Develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, county officials, and the general public.
  • Comprehend and interpret statutes, codes, rules, ordinances, correspondence, complaints, reports, and conditions of approval.
  • Remain calm and use good judgement during confrontational or high-pressure situations.
  • Uniformly apply laws, ordinances, and regulations to diverse situations.
  • Interpret plan specifications and compare them to construction in progress.

Join our team - Columbia County online application must be completed - Apply today!


Columbia County, Oregon

230 Strand Avenue
Saint Helens , OR