Community Preservation Officer Job at Benicia, Solano County, California

Community Preservation Officer

City of Benicia , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$5,655.00 - $6,873.69 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


This position is open until filled with first review of applications scheduled for May 10, 2021.

Under general supervision of the Fire Chief performs a variety of field and office tasks to secure compliance with and understanding of the City's neighborhood preservation, hazard mitigation, weed abatement, building, fire, zoning, planning, traffic, and other related codes, ordinances and regulations that affect the condition or development of property, and perform other related tasks as required or assigned.


 Distinguishing Characteristics:

As a representative of the City, the duties and responsibilities of this position require considerable initiative, analytical abilities, and discretion in the administration of a variety of municipal codes and permit regulations. Frequent public contact by the incumbent requires the exercise of tact and good judgment, particularly where relations may be strained. Although the incumbent receives general instructions regarding departmental policies and procedures, this individual is expected to become thoroughly familiar with, and effectively apply, the provisions of the relevant City ordinances pertaining to assigned duties. The work is checked through reports submitted and occasional field review.


 Representative Duties / Qualifications:
Provides information to the public on compliance with the Benicia Municipal Code and other City and/or State regulations and standards; develops and implements effective public education strategies concerning the codes and ordinances; assists in carrying out public outreach strategies;

Inspects parcels of land, structures, vehicles and storage of materials for compliance with applicable fire, zoning, planning, traffic and other codes and laws;

Provides notification of violations to property owners; locates and communicates with owners of property recording code compliance issues;

Plans and implements systematic field visits of businesses to insure compliance with business license, zoning and permit regulations;

Investigates code violations and issues appropriate warnings and citations;

Works closely with homeowners, business and community groups to enhance and preserve the quality of neighborhoods through public relations, educational and code enforcement activities;

Assists in preparing cases for prosecution, and appears in court to testify;

Keeps field notes, takes photographs and writes letters and notices; prepares detailed written reports and routine correspondence; maintains inspection files and records; attends meeting and conferences as assigned;

Coordinates with and performs joint inspections and other work with other City departments and outside agencies; may assist staff in investigating permit and variance applications;

Coordinates application of available loan and grant programs.


Knowledge of:

Basic functions and terminology associated with city planning and development activities.

Principles and practices of investigation.

Basic computer software programs such as word processing and databases.

Proper English, grammar and spelling.

Principles and practices of record keeping and report writing.

Operations and functions of a municipal government.

Ability to:

Learn the laws, ordinances, codes, policies, procedures, forms, practices, and significant aspects of businesses associated with assigned duties.

Learn principles, practices, methods and techniques of code enforcement and neighborhood preservation.

Effectively interpret and apply guidelines and standards in varying situations.

Effectively plan, organize and carry out work independently.

Communicate effectively, clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, to the public, Commissions, City Council, and city staff.

Deal firmly, tactfully, and effectively with the public in difficult situations.

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of duties, including government agencies, city departments, the public, commercial and residential associations, advisory commissions, and City Council.

Obtain California Code Enforcement Certification.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to acquire the knowledge and abilities would be:


One year or more experience in code or law enforcement, planning, or a closely related field that involved field investigative work. Work with the public or with a public agency is preferred.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by college level courses in public relations or field related to municipal code enforcement. An Associate of Arts or Science Degree is desirable, along with certified courses in planning. Successful course completion of Section 832 of the California Penal Code is highly desirable.

Intermittent weekend and/or evening or other than normal business hours work is required.  Remain calm in difficult situations and circumstances; respond assertively, politely and professionally to citizens and other public officials and city departments.
Must obtain California Code Enforcement Certification within 12 months of appointment to this class.  Successful completion of the certification process and successful course completion and certification in Section 832 of the California Penal Code is required to pass probation.
Must possess a valid California Driver's License as issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors; office and field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to computer screens, inclement weather conditions; work or inspect in confined spaces; work around heavy construction equipment.
Representative duties may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized vehicles.
The representative duties listed in this job description include essential and non-essential functions. Individuals with disabilities will be considered for placement into positions in this class based upon an assessment of the essential functions of the particular position.  Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth to address business needs and changing business practices.
 Supplemental Information:

Individuals interested in being considered for the Community Preservation Officer position must submit an application and responses to the required supplemental questions by the final filing date. It is preferred you apply through the NeoGov system by using the link:


Individuals wishing to file a paper application in lieu of the on-line application process should contact the City of Benicia Human Resources Department at 250 East "L" Street, Benicia, CA 94510. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, and from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Applicants are expected to accurately document their related experience and any training, education, and/or skills relevant to this position. Applicants should respond to all supplemental questions, even if the information is also contained in the application.


Application materials will be carefully evaluated; applicants who document possession of experience and education which most closely meet the requirements of the position will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process, which may include an assessment center and interview process. 

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to future steps in the process.

Prior to appointment, candidates must pass a thorough background investigation and a pre-placement medical screening, including a drug screen.

If, due to a disability, you need accommodations at any point during the application or testing process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 746-4766.


250 E L St

Benicia, CA 94510