City of Boston

Utility Inspector

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Public Works Department
Regular Full-Time
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief job description (essential functions of the job):


Under direction, the Utility Inspector is responsible for ensuring compliance of city rules and regulations and inspecting job sites for general safety in the work zone.


Duties included but not limited to:


  • Checks slips making sure contractors use an approved vendor from the city of Boston.
  • Verifies work site is Covid-19 plan compliant.
  • Ensures backfills and paving are supplied with cones and barriers for safety. Inspects patches after completion.
  • Measures and records in tablet patch information less than 100 feet.
  • Records patch locations and names of contractors; records information of lists of all job permits and all plate locations in handheld tablet.
  • Records bad patches and bad castings in tablet.
  • Inspects sidewalks ensuring rules and regulations are met and are A.D.A. compliant.
  • Re-inspects bad patches and casting ensuring utility or private contractor have satisfactorily completed work.  Closes out permits.
  • Inspects CRMs in their assigned districts.
  • Performs 90 day inspections after work by vendors and private companies have been completed.
  • Inspects and updates plate listings for current and accurate information which is posted to Public Works Department website.  This is very important during snow months to ensure safety.
  • Inspects polling locations to make sure work is not within 500 feet of polling locations on voting days.
  • Assigns districts in tablet for new permits not previously listed or inadvertently listed.
  • Inspects guaranteed streets under different contracts.
  • Routinely works on finalizing lists for permits in system.  Creates spreadsheet of outstanding permits.
  • Inspects Special Events routes, i.e. Marathon/Parade/Road Race) for easy access and safety.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, paid general construction work or experience in related field.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
  • Working ability to prepare clear and concise reports, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to maintain harmonious relationships with co-workers, vendors, and members of the public.
  •  Ability to identify, plan, and prioritize job responsibilities and tasks and determine and implement project timelines.
  • Ability to create spreadsheets; google docs.
  • Ability to use a handheld tablet device.
  • Previous construction inspection/utility work preferred.
  • OSHA training preferred.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the position.


Required to work any and all emergencies are directed by the Chief of Streets or designee.


Work Schedule:


Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm or 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Tuesday to Saturday  7:00 am to 3:00 pm or 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Boston Residency Required



Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  AFSCME/RA-14A

Hours per week:  35


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