Department:  Home Preservation
Reports to:  Lead Inspector
Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Are you tired of the cutthroat grind of construction? Ready for long-term job security, and to get paid regularly? What about having paid health insurance for yourself and your family? Habitat is looking for someone to join the Home Preservation inspection crew. We help 100+ deserving households get home improvement projects done every year.

The Home Preservation Inspector visits owner-occupied homes within our service area and works with low-income homeowners, most of them seniors, to identify critical health and safety needs and desired repairs and improvements.  The inspector develops project scopes of work and estimates and monitors construction to ensure compliance with relevant program guidelines, city and state codes and ordinances, and technical standards for workmanship and safety.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform initial inspections to determine work scopes and estimated budgets.
  • Identify and communicate observations unrelated to construction that could indicate the residents’ need for additional support or referrals to other social services.
  • Perform monitoring inspections to ensure satisfactory completion of work and for compliance with local and State health, safety, and building codes and relevant laws and requirements and submit invoice payment recommendations.
  • Create inspection reports that clearly and accurately document specific information pertaining to each residence.
  • Prepare and distribute bid packages.
  • Initiate change orders as needed.
  • Respond to all communication from parties in a timely manner to address issues and complete the work.
  • Attend regularly scheduled team meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the HEBSV mission to build and preserve low-cost housing.
  • Knowledge of residential home systems and components
  • Understanding of residential construction methods
  • Two-plus years relevant experience in the residential construction field ideally renovation/rehabilitation/repair
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Computer literate with basic Microsoft Word and Excel experience
  • Good written communication skills and comfortable with customer service
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and insurance
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic and living situations

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

Primary work will be performed in the field and at either the Milpitas or Oakland Habitat office (post-pandemic)

Compensation: $75K - $80K, medical, dental, vision, matching 403(b) retirement plan

Note: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as needed. 

Interested candidates must submit both a cover letter and resume to Lucinda Lee O’Sullivan, Director of HR & Operations at

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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.