Survey Party Chief Job Description Sample

Given below is a sample job description template for the position of Survey Party Chief:

Job Title: Survey Party Chief

Location of the Job: ________________

Salary: $27.23-$33.24 every hour / $4,736-$5,782 monthly / Range: 5958

Job Summary:

Under direction, coordinates the activities of a field survey party; performs the most technically complex paraprofessional field surveying duties; and performs other duties as required.

Job Description:

Positions in this advanced journey-level classification are responsible for the effective performance, training, and safety of all members of a field survey party. Survey Party Chief is distinguished from the class of Engineering Technician Specialist by its sole assignment of surveying duties. Survey Party Chief reports to a Deputy County Surveyor classification that is assigned responsible charge for field survey work.

Survey Party Chief is distinguished from Survey Specialist by the latter’s primary assignment to mapping compliance and other related office survey duties. Survey Party Chief and Survey Specialist both possess general knowledge of land surveying principles and practices. However, Survey Party Chief possesses thorough knowledge of field surveying practices while Survey Specialist possesses working knowledge of such practices. Conversely, Survey Specialist is expected to become proficient in interpreting and applying the Subdivision Map Act and other federal and state laws and standards, while Survey Party Chief need only possess working knowledge of these regulations.

Education and Qualification:

  • Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
  • Four years of journey-level, paraprofessional engineering experience, plus certification as a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT);
  • One year performing surveying duties as an Engineering Technician II with the County of Santa Barbara;
  • Four years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience, including at least one year of journey-level surveying experience;

Additional Qualification:

Appointees must obtain Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification (LSIT) within one year of appointment. Possession of a California Class C Driver’s License is required.

Special Requirement:

Work is performed both outdoors and in an office environment. Outdoor work may be conducted at landfills, construction sites, and in traffic. To perform the essential functions of the job, incumbents may be required to perform moderately strenuous tasks, such as including lifting and carrying instruments weighing up to 75 pounds over rough terrain. Incumbents may also be required to clear vegetation, dig holes, and pound stakes with hand tools.

Required Experience and Knowledge:

  • Principles and practices of land surveying, including boundary determination, legal descriptions, construction, topographic surveying, and GIS;
  • Field surveying practices and techniques, including radial staking;
  • Uses and capabilities of survey instruments, including electronic total station, data collector, theodolites, network control stations, and GPS measuring equipment;
  • Laws, rules, and regulations regarding subdivisions of land, boundary locations, mapping, and surveying practices, including the Professional Land Surveyor’s Act;
  • Principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as used in field survey analysis;
  • Technical report writing; and computer assisted surveying applications.