Fire Inspector I - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Code Enforcement and Inspections Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $37.51 - $45.60 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join Permit Sonoma as a Fire Inspector I - Extra-Help.

Multiple positions available!

Starting salary up to $45.60/hour* depending upon experience.

  • Have you completed coursework in hazardous materials and fire prevention and investigation; and
  • Do you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to investigate and conduct environmental compliance inspections for the purpose of fire prevention or suppression?
If your answer is "Yes", apply now!

As a Fire Inspector I in Permit Sonoma, you will learn how to inspect and investigate a variety of public and private properties to ensure:

  • Environmental compliance with local ordinance and California Fire Code
  • Proper fire prevention and control measures are in place
  • Underground tanks, hazardous waste, and other materials are stored and handled correctly
  • Emergency communications systems and equipment are operationally compliant
Additionally, you will be responsible for issuing corrective notices, and educating and advising business owners and operators on how to correct issues. The most successful and qualified candidates for these positions are those who demonstrate a/an:

  • Aptitude for technology and an eagerness to implement new technologies
  • Desire to develop considerable expertise in laws and regulations
  • Can-do attitude, with the flexibly to manage rapidly changing priorities
  • Commitment to being a self-starter with a team-oriented approach to work
Please note that in our 24/7 environment, and as members of Sonoma County's Hazardous Materials Response Team, Fire Inspector's must have the flexibility to be on-call and work any assigned shift as required which may include evenings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.

Applicants with valid California Underground Storage Tank Inspector, CA POST PC 832, and Hazardous Materials Specialist certifications are highly desired.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill multiple temporary, extra-help positions. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. *Salary is negotiable within the established range.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Academic course work which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this course work would include fire science, fire administration, hazardous materials and waste, chemistry, physical science, environmental studies and/or related courses. These courses may also include Fire Prevention 1A, 1B, and 1C, Fire Investigation 1A and 1B, or equivalent courses. Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in environmental health, biology or other physical science, chemistry or a field related to the work is highly desirable.

Experience: Experience in fire suppression or prevention, environmental compliance inspections, or hazardous materials emergency response work is desirable but not required.

License: Possession of the appropriate valid driver's license required by the State of California to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Certifications: Within the six months of employment, incumbents newly hired at either level of this alternately staffed classification must successfully complete required training and receive the following certifications: Certificate of Completion as a "California Underground Storage Tank Inspector" as defined in 23 CCR, Section 2715, Subsection (j), (1) and (2); and Certificate of Completion (P.C. 832) for a course in arrest, search and seizure issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Within the one year probationary period, individuals newly hired at either level of this alternately staff classification must also obtain State Certification as a Hazardous Materials Specialist.

Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship at least one year before application for such employment. If a permanent resident alien has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment or is denied citizenship he or she shall be disqualified for peace officer status.

Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.

Probationary Period: Individuals newly hired into either level will serve a one-year probationary period. Incumbents promoted to Fire Inspector II upon successful completion of the probationary period at the entry level will serve an additional six-month probation upon promotion.

Retirement Eligibility: Candidates in this class series are eligible for Public Safety Retirement which is defined by the County Employees' Retirement System.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention; federal, state, and local fire prevention codes and ordinances and regulations and best management practices for hazardous materials and waste and underground tanks; Incident Command System; arrest, search, and seizure procedures; principles and techniques of building and inspection and building codes; practices, procedures, and equipment used in fire investigation; procedures and techniques of equipment such as fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and alarms.

Ability to: Learn and perform journey-level fire prevention, hazardous materials and waste inspection and enforcement work for a variety of buildings, structures, and installations; learn and perform underground tank inspections; enforce a variety of codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to fire prevention, hazardous materials and waste, and underground tanks with firmness and tact; read and interpret building plans; maintain cooperative relations with builders, contractors, and the general public; learn, interpret, and enforce federal, state, and local fire prevention codes and ordinances and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials and waste, and underground tanks; identify fire hazards and recommend corrective actions; identify hazards associated with hazardous materials and waste and recommend corrective action; identify types and determine causes of fires; recognize, identify, and preserve evidence; effectively interview witnesses and suspects; perform in the capacity of Incident Commander; work effectively without close supervision; and maintain records and prepare reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions may be reviewed by hiring managers.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, when eligible) on file or consent to twice weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted online at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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