Associate Land Surveyor
City of Modesto, CA - Modesto, CA

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The Associate Land Surveyor coordinates, directs and supervises the activities of a survey party; performs a variety of complex and difficult professional survey tasks as chief of survey party; and provides technical survey assistance to engineering staff.

The primary focus of the Associate Land Surveyor is to support the Construction & Engineering Design Divisions of the Utility Planning and Projects and Community & Economic Development Departments on Capital Improvement Projects. Duties could also include review and/or preparation of legal descriptions, as well as the review of parcel & tract maps for conformance with requirements of the Subdivision Map Act.

Tentative Schedule

The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool in scheduling time off. The Human Resources Department is UNABLE to schedule make-up examinations.

Recruitment Open: January 11, 2013

Recruitment Close: February 11, 2013

Interview Panels: Week of February 25, 2013

Applicants considered to be the most qualified will be invited to continue in the testing process. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the selection process to best meet the needs of the City.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Essential Functions : Direct and coordinate staff in making a variety of surveys including land surveys, topographic surveys, construction surveys and surveys to establish and monument centerlines. Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of survey staff; train survey staff in advanced survey techniques; provide technical staff assistance and direction. Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for survey related technology; monitor and control expenditures. Calculate survey staking data and prepare necessary cut sheets and layout documents using a variety of specialized software. Receive, index, and check AutoCAD drawings and constructions plans for errors in constructability; ensure plans conform to City. Download and process digital data from Trimble GPS receivers, data collector, Leica Digital Levels and Trimble Survey Total Stations. Maintain and update Horizontal and Vertical Control Networks by downloading and processing digital horizontal and vertical control data using specialized computer programs; ensure information is published on the Intranet and Internet. Maintain the Digital Subdivision Map, Digital Parcel Map and Digital Record of Survey Map Indexes; update City Basemap. Check legal descriptions and certificates of correction for technical correctness and conformance with State and City requirements; report deficiencies for correction. Provide technical expertise and support to departments regarding GPS technology. Respond to a variety of technical questions regarding property line location, vertical and horizontal control inquiries, mapping questions, City standards and the Base Map. Prepare, sign and seal legal descriptions and plats for the acquisition of rights-of-ways, easements, and disposal of City owned property. Perform right-of-way studies involving research of recorded deeds and easements. Research, investigate and evaluate new surveying hardware and software; manage AutoCAD and other technology related licenses. Receive, log, prioritize and manage design staking and construction staking requests. Examine preliminary project requirements; research necessary information and assist in establishing project priorities and schedules. Interpret and compute field data, evaluating for accuracy and completeness. Prepare accurate field notes of work performed showing lines, angles, distances, benchmarks, mathematical calculations, and other data pertinent to the field survey. Compute and adjust angles, distances, bearings, traverses, and elevations. Operate a wide variety of survey instruments and instruct others in their operation. Perform a variety of professional office surveying duties including calculating survey data from notes, maps, deeds and other records. Provide technical map checking assistance to the City Engineer.
Review, sign, and seal maps for technical accuracy of the survey related aspects of maps.
Provide functional and/or technical supervision of staff assigned to review the technical accuracy of the survey related aspects of maps. Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service. Marginal Functions : Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge of :
Principles and practices of engineering surveying including boundary establishment and property description.

Equipment, tools, and materials used in surveying.

General operation of automated equipment and standard application software related to surveying functions.

Principles and practices of safety management.

Methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a variety of public works projects.

Principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as applied to technical engineering and surveying calculations.

Applicable principles and practices of engineering as related to survey work.

Pertinent laws and regulatory codes dealing with development, construction, surveying, and real estate.

Principles and practices of budget monitoring.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Record keeping and survey data collection methods.

Engineering maps and records.

Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

Ability to :
Organize, implement and direct survey related operations and activities.

Interpret and explain pertinent City and department policies and procedures.

Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.

Understand and interpret legal descriptions and record survey maps.

Understand and interpret engineering plans, diagrams, and notes.

Use and care for surveying instruments and equipment.

Make accurate and legible field survey notes.

Perform complex mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience :
Three years of increasingly responsible experience performing surveying duties at a licensed level which involved difficult and complex land and engineering surveying projects and experience as a Survey Party Chief; including one year providing technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel.

Training :
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in surveying, surveying engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Land Surveyor in the State of California or possession of a Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California issued prior to January 1, 1982.

Mobility : frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting : frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds. Vision : constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity : frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking : frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological : frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental : frequent exposure to noise. WORKING CONDITIONS Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Some positions may be assigned to remote locations. Positions may require occasional overtime or weekend work and travel is rare.