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Planning & Development Services Department
Grade: 917 Salary Range: $16.79 - $26.09 per hour

Starting salary Depending on Experience


Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

Full time employees also enjoy the benefits of membership in the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System (TSRS). The City's defined benefit pension plan has provided lifetime income to City of Tucson retirees since 1950, and the program continues to provide monthly income to over 2,700 City of Tucson retirees.

All TSRS members participate in paying for the cost of their benefit, by making payroll contributions based on a rate that is applied to the members pay, and this rate can change annually at the beginning of each fiscal year. The Employer also makes contributions to the pension plan for the cost of each members benefit, and those contributions represent a significant amount of employee benefits.

All member contributions are placed in the TSRS trust, earning 6% each year, and remain the property of each employee member.

** Effective July 1, 2013, the TSRS contribution rate for employees hired after July 1, 2011 will change from 13.976% to 5.06%. The payroll deduction for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 is currently at 13.976% of employee gross pay.

Examples of how the TSRS deduction will affect employee pay:

Current rate (thru pay periods ending before June 30, 2013): for an hourly employee making $15/hour, for an 80 hour bi-weekly paycheck, would result in the following deduction from pay:

$15.00 X 80 = $1,200, $1,200 X 13.976% = $167.71 bi-weekly deduction.

New rate (beginning with pay periods ending after July 1, 2013): for any hourly employee making $15/hour, for an 80 hour bi-weekly paycheck, would result in the following deduction from pay:

$15.00 X 80 = $1200, $1,200 X 5.06% = $60.72 bi-weekly deduction.

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Both the general public and City of Tucson employees are invited to apply for this position. You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

The Planning and Development Services Department is seeking highly qualified, dedicated, dependable, motivated and customer-oriented team players to conduct inspections of commercial and residential property and related equipment for conformance with building safety codes. This position will also compile and maintain related information and complete reporting requirements.

Examples of essential duties may include:
  • Inspects construction, manufactured buildings and plumbing, electrical and mechanical equipment and systems to ensure conformance to building codes, plans and standards
  • Issues building inspection reports
  • Researches job histories, codes and regulations, maintains contacts with contractors and builders concerning inspection requirements, completes and enters inspection write ups and prepares reports
  • May perform plan reviews

  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent and six months post high school training in construction management, architecture or engineering

  • At least fours years experience inspecting commercial and residential properties for compliance with building codes and specifications or journeyman level experience in one of the building construction trades

  • Certification by the International Code Council (ICC) is preferred. Selected candidate must obtain the International Code Council (ICC) certification within 12 months of hire, as a condition of continued employment.

  • Valid driver's license
    An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

    Some positions require a satisfactory criminal background check, Public Records Check and/or physical, drug screen and/or audio exam. Fingerprinting and reference checks may also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.

    MAY 13 - MAY 28, 2013


    In order to apply, you must register to apply online if you have not already done so. If you are new to the City of Tucson job site, an online guide is available by clicking on "Employment Application Frequently Asked Questions" on the main employment page.
    After you have registered, log-in and click View Job Openings and apply for this position. The bottom left hand portion of each step will contain a link to Proceed to next step.

    Step 1 - Add or Update your Personal information (paste resume here)
    Step 2 - Add or Update your Education Information
    Step 3 - Add or Update your Employment Information
    Step 4 - Complete the Supplemental Questions

    Click on "Submit Application" when you are finished and ready to submit your application.

    It is very important that you provide detailed work experience in Step 3 for each employer that is relevant to this position. Your described duties will be scored for relevancy, recency, similarity of job environment, etc. Applications that do not contain complete education or employment history, and responses to all supplemental questions will not receive further consideration and will be deemed as an incomplete application. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

    To be considered for this position, a completed employment profile and supplemental application questions must be submitted online by the closing date. Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the Education and Experience in their employment profile and the responses to the supplemental application questions. Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.

    An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 20% of your rating for education and work experience, 25% telephonic knowledge and skills assessment, and 55% of your oral board interview.

    Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation to by the closing date. DD 214's must be a copy that indicates characterization of service. Click here to read the definitions.

    If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-791-4241 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled evaluation.

    All inquiries should be addressed to the below individuals. Do not send emails to, because this is utilized only for outbound notifications.

    Malena Carreon, HR Technician, (520) 837-4165, e-mail:
    Jolene Hansen, Lead HR Analyst (520) 837-4175, e-mail:

    JOB CODE: 2251/0513

    To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

    The City of Tucson is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify Program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. E-Verify, along with the Form I-9, protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers, improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting, and helps U.S employers maintain a legal workforce.

    Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.