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Land Surveyor

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-76
Respirator Class: 3


Plan, direct, organize, coordinate, supervise, review, and evaluate surveying work and related mapping; perform related work as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from higher-level management personnel.
  • Exercise direct and indirect supervision over lower level surveying personnel.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, schedule assign, and supervise office and field survey personnel.
  • Review requested survey work; establish survey and drafting priorities; schedule and coordinate work.
  • Direct and review survey fieldwork; brief field surveyors on survey assignments; recommend appropriate methods and procedures for surveys.
  • Direct the searching of maps, deeds, and other survey records to secure data required for property boundary surveys.
  • Supervise and direct survey office staff performing complex boundary resolutions.
  • Supervise and review the preparation of property boundary maps, plats, legal descriptions and maps for easement acquisitions.
  • Review and check legal survey maps, plats, and descriptions for accuracy and conformance with established surveying principles and practices and applicable surveying laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Review preparation of topographic and planimetric maps; coordinate work of field and office survey personnel.
  • Discuss survey regulations, requirements, procedures, maps, and related data with engineers and other surveyors.
  • Establish and maintain effective work procedures and safety practices; ensure training of assigned personnel; institute improved methods and procedures.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Prepare survey estimates, the survey portion of the division budget, reports, correspondence, and memoranda and monitor certain operation and maintenance accounts.
  • Prepare and oversee contracts for professional consultant surveying services.
  • Monitor the development of new equipment, methods, and procedures in the field of surveying; evaluate their application to District work.
  • Coordinate survey-related activities with other District departments and divisions and with outside agencies; provide liaison and coordination to other agencies, staff, and public.
  • Perform professional-level surveying work in the field on an as-needed basis.
  • Approve legal descriptions and plats for easements, quitclaims, sales or transfers of property and real property agreements.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, equipment, and techniques of construction, topographic, and boundary surveys.
  • Surveying equipment and instruments and their maintenance, proper uses and applications.
  • Mathematics as it applies to surveying and engineering calculations, including algebra, geometry, linear algebra, statistics, and plane and spherical trigonometry.
  • Methods of real property and legal research relating to the compilation and analysis of record survey data.
  • Transfer of real property rights.
  • Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and policies relating to surveying practices.
  • Use of computers for survey, scheduling, and database applications.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze maps and identify markings, survey data, interpret legal descriptions and maps, know and understand survey laws, computers, surveying principles, and mathematics, observe subordinates, problem solve survey problems, remember meetings, and explain procedures, directions, and job requirements.
  • Sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis, twist to reach equipment surrounding desk, and perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use keyboard to communicate through written means, and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Hike over steep terrain; search for boundary evidence; take field notes.
  • Oversee the performance of technical surveying work.
  • Review maps, plans, and documents for conformance to appropriate regulations.
  • Schedule surveying activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Interpret laws, regulations, and policies properly and make decisions accordingly.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and ordinances.
  • Perform difficult survey-related office work using AutoCAD-based survey software, word processing and database software
  • Perform a variety of property related research and analysis including writing and checking of legal descriptions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Train and supervise assigned staff.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Experience and Education

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


  • Five years of progressively responsible professional land surveying experience including some supervisory experience or training.


  • Associate degree in surveying or civil engineering technology or equivalent.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a California Professional Land Surveyor's License.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

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