Preservation Services Assistant/Technician

City of Ventura


Fire Department

Fire Prevention Division
Recruitment #17-G31-001
Salary:  Assistant: $48,513-$58,968/year Technician: $53,336-$64,830/year

Do you have excellent communication and public relations skills?  Are you interested in providing fire prevention services that preserve and enhance the quality of life for our community?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Preservation Services Assistant/Technician opportunity on our collaborative Fire Prevention team in the Fire Department.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at by the 8/27/2017 filing deadline! 
To learn more about the City of Ventura Fire Department, visit

Under general supervision, assists in the enforcement of laws, regulations, codes and ordinances, primarily pertaining to fire prevention and code enforcement.  Issues permits related to fire prevention activities.  Assists in the investigation of citizen complaints and assists citizens in obtaining compliance with codes.  Performs a variety of clerical and technical support and research functions related to applicable enforcement activities.
These are non-sworn, non-safety positions.
This flexibly staffed position may be filled at either the Assistant or Technician level depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the staffing needs of the City.
An eligibility list is being established to fill the current full-time vacancy in Fire Prevention as well as future Fire Prevention or Code Enforcement vacancies.

Preservation Services Assistant:
is the entry-level class in the Preservation Services series. Incumbents receive on-the-job training, specific day-to-day direction, and are closely supervised. This classification typically performs the more routine and standardized support tasks for preservation services inspection and permitting activities. Positions are flexibly staffed and incumbents are expected to advance to the Technician level.
Preservation Services Technician: is the journey, paraprofessional, level in the preservation services. The Technician differs from the Assistant in that incumbents apply learned principles and techniques, exercising independent judgment and initiative while performing well-defined assignments in the field and in the office, with only general supervision.


  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors, while enforcing regulations and gaining compliance.
  • Is organized and enjoys working as part of a team, assisting Inspectors and Supervisors.
  • Enjoys working in both the field and office environments.
  • Has excellent communication and public relations skills, with a focus on educating residents to increase voluntary compliance.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Receives and responds to citizen complaints over the telephone, in writing, and at the public counter regarding enforcement of applicable laws, regulations, codes and ordinances. 
Issues various permits requiring the limited interpretation of pertinent codes, ordinances, and policies in the determination of appropriate permit costs and fees.  Prepares and monitors permit renewals, such as hazardous materials and R-1 occupancies.  Gathers required information regarding permit applications, amendments, and renewals.  Tracks and follows up on delinquent permits. 
Coordinates weed abatement program including the notification of property owners, inspections, enforcement activities and abatement work assigned to contractors. 
Obtains code compliance through personal contacts and written notifications according to well defined parameters and division policies and procedures. 
Assists in collecting, compiling and analyzing data relevant to fire, hazardous materials, code enforcement inspections.  Reviews on-going programs and maintains applicable computer data bases in support of these programs.  Coordinates activities with other City staff as necessary and upon request. 
Compiles and monitors statistical information on permits and inspections.  Prepares data for presentation in a variety of formats.  Prepares, updates and maintains fire prevention, hazardous materials and code enforcement reports, files and documents.  Assists in preparing community promotions, public relations, and public information related to applicable and assigned programs. 
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Positions assigned to the Code Enforcement Division are required to complete a background investigation, which includes a non-sworn personnel livescan fingerprinting requirement.

A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and two years of clerical office experience, including public customer service work is required.
Preservation Services Technician:  In addition, 18 months of experience comparable to that of a Preservation Services Assistant with the City of Ventura is required.  Additional course work or training in fire prevention, hazardous materials inspection, or related code enforcement is highly desirable.

  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

To view benefits, please visit our website at

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in September 2017, date to be determined.

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