Inspector I/II

  • Engineer
  • Maintenance/Construction
  • Mechanical/Utility
  • Mission Support Positions
  • La Mesa, CA
  • $37.08 - $54.79/hourly

Website helixwater Helix Water District

Setting standards of excellence in public service

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking an experienced, self-motivated Inspector I/II to join our Engineering team. This is an exciting opportunity for you to be part of a team that is committed to helping each other in the spirit of collaboration to be the best. Helix strives to provide an environment where people express ideas, listen with respect and where leaders value each employee’s unique contribution. If you share these values, this might be just what you are looking for!

Inspector I: $37.08 – $47.33/hourly
Inspector II: $42.93 – $54.79/hourly

Scheduled salary increases include the following:

  • July 1, 2024: 2% salary adjustment + 2% – 4% cost-of-living adjustment
  • July 1, 2025: 2% – 4% cost-of-living adjustment
  • Annual Merit Increases: Full-time employees are eligible for 5% merit increases on an annual basis until they reach the top of their pay range.

Excellent Benefits Package includes:

  • 100% employee premiums paid for all health benefits
  • CalPERS membership
  • 24 annual days of accrued leave and increases after 5 years of service to 29 annual days of accrued leave
  • 12 paid holidays per year, including 2 floating holidays
  • Up to $3,500 matching on 457 plan
  • Up to $4,000 education reimbursement annually for qualifying courses after 1 year of service


This critical position is a non-exempt, journey-level class.  Under general supervision, performs detailed inspections of complex, multi-disciplined public works and waterworks construction projects; integrates plans, details and specifications to ensure construction and contract compliance; prepares and conducts preconstruction meetings and constructability reviews; prepares detailed project inspection reports; and participates in the change order process; prepares presentations to district staff; and performs related duties as assigned.

Inspector I is the entry-level class and is flexibly staffed with the Inspector II class. Typically, proficiency criteria are met within 12 to 24 months depending on an individual’s experience. Promotional opportunities beyond the Inspector I/II are possible. Helix also has an Inspector III position. (Please visit our Careers section for the full job description.)


The successful candidate must have at least five years of experience in public works construction or equivalent with at least one year experience as a journey-level or equivalent.

Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school or GED.

Must have a valid Class C California driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

A valid State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade 2 (D2), or ability to obtain within two years.

Inspector II:
Possession of a Location Training Certification or ability to obtain within one year.


Application Process 

To be considered for the Inspector I.II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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