Associate Land Surveyor

City of Santa Rosa , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$100,814.00 - $122,538.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/29/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


This is a professional class in the land surveyor series requiring licensure.  Positions in the class are normally filled by advancement from the class of Assistant Land Surveyor, or, when filled from the outside, require prior advanced land surveying work experience.  Work is technically complex and requires increased knowledge of applicable state law in addition to accepted principles and methodologies as they relate to various land surveying activities.

Work in the Associate Land Surveyor class is distinguished from that of the Assistant Land Surveyor due to this class requiring possession of a Land Surveyor license in good standing with the California State Board of Registration or registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering prior to 1982, and by the greater independence with which an incumbent is expected to operate.  The Associate Land Surveyor class is distinguished from that of the Supervising Land Surveyor by the greater experience and supervision responsibilities of the latter.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide oversight and direct the research of records and analysis of survey data to retrace property boundaries, makes property boundary location determinations; prepares and/or supervises and directs the filing of Records of Survey Maps
  • Assist City Departments as requested to facilitate land development, acquisitions, vacations or disposals; assist with deed research and interpretation of land related documents and maps
  • Write, prepare, and check boundary legal descriptions and R-Sheets
  • Perform boundary research, review, and interpret grant deeds, easement deeds, record maps and title reports
  • Review subdivision maps and survey records prepared by licensed land surveyors for technical and record information accuracy with respect to the Professional Land Surveyors Act, California Subdivision Map Act, Public Resources Code and the City of Santa Rosa Codes and Regulations
  • Perform office survey analysis and maintain mapping and survey quality standards; identify and resolve discrepancies in survey data
  • Prepare reports, cost estimates, and analyses of survey work; coordinate survey work both internal and external.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of surveying instruments; implement appropriate quality assurance and quality control measures
  • Serve as a survey party chief, directing a survey party making a variety of surveys to determine locations of property lines, boundaries, easements, rights-of-way and physical features
  • Perform construction surveys; review, analyze, and interpret engineering improvement plans in anticipation of setting line and grade stakes
  • Control survey activities during construction projects and establish work priorities within the Survey section
  • Provide timely, accurate service in response to customer requests
  • Serve as liaison to professionals in the field in the private sector and other public agencies
  • Identify training needs of technical staff and provide or see that the necessary training is provided establish and maintain systems and procedures to ensure the quality of the work of the section
  • Meet with inspectors, engineers, contractors, and/or developers to determine corrective action required when there are discrepancies between work done and the approved plans, specifications and standards

Additional Duties:

In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties:
  • Encourage and assist in providing opportunities for cross training of staff throughout the section and between sections in the division
  • Provide work direction to technical staff as assigned
  • Perform related duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

Knowledge of: Safe and efficient work practices and procedures; methods, techniques, equipment and materials used in survey activities; safe handling and operation of a variety of equipment and/or materials related to survey activities; current literature and sources of information regarding land surveying; applicable state laws and regulatory codes relevant to land surveying, such as knowledge of the Land Surveyors Act and the Subdivision Map Act; principles and techniques of participatory decision making; City design and construction standards and specifications; applicable City codes, policies and procedures; engineering design criteria; engineering maps and records; training needs assessment techniques; principles of supervision, training, and effective performance management; trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances and traverses; theory and application of surveying principles; surveying techniques and practices; and AutoCAD or other computer aided design software.

Ability to: Apply accepted land surveying principles and methodologies, in addition to facts and/or conclusions of law as they relate to land boundaries; use professional judgment to make decisions as to the location of said boundaries; reconcile discrepancies between lines of occupation, lands of title, or physical evidence found in the field versus the intent of conveyance documents to arrive at conclusions of law; Deal tactfully with others; read and interpret plans and specifications; operate and maintain a variety of survey equipment in a safe and efficient manner; determine equipment, materials and personnel needed for specific jobs; set priorities and meet deadlines; identify and implement effective courses of action to complete work assignments; involve others in decision making processes; make effective decisions; use critical thinking skills; read figures quickly and accurately and make mathematical calculations; use computers to solve surveying problems and to maintain records; determine distances, elevations, volumes, angles, areas , etc.; understand and follow oral and written instructions and sketches; comprehend and draw inferences from written materials; conduct research; communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; use and care for surveying instruments; maintain files of maps, documents, and other engineering records; operate a computer keyboard; perform extensive surveying calculations for grades, angles and distances on calculators and computers; make legible survey notes and drawings; efficiently operate survey instruments, including electronic total stations and data collectors, digital levels and GPS related surveying equipment;; enter survey data in an organized and coherent manner into a data collector, download and edit the data, and produce a computer plot of the survey; research survey and property records; perform preliminary, construction, boundary and control surveys; establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, surveyors, and the general public.


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:

Experience – Sufficient years of increasingly responsible professional land surveying experience related to public works design, construction and right of way, including experience at a lead or supervisory level to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.


Education - Equivalent to completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Surveying, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field at an accredited college or university.

Additional Information

When working in the office, incumbents work at a desk entering and retrieving data from a computer or terminal using a keyboard, sitting for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will. Using a computer, calculator and other standard office equipment requires making continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements. Incumbents in this classification are given graphic instructions, such as blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts or other visual aids, when receiving assignments; and estimate labor and materials costs from plans to determine staffing needs and/or project costs or feasibility. Field work is performed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, with exposure to very hot and very cold temperatures. Field work also involves walking on rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; bending and stooping repeatedly or continually over time; standing or walking for extended periods of time without the ability to rest at will; and using explosive strength to jump over creeks, ditches or trenches. When directing traffic, incumbents make continuous, repetitive arm/hand movements; and when laying out traffic control patterns, incumbents place and observe the placement of cones to ensure compliance with safety standards. Field and/or office work requires measuring distances using calibrated instruments and observing data collected while using test equipment. When performing field work and office duties, incumbents climb stairs and/or ladders, walk and stand for extended periods of time, and stoop and crouch with the ability to change positions as needed. They file documents in numerical, alphabetical, chronological and/or reverse chronological order. Incumbents also observe and monitor that equipment is stored and used properly. Incumbents assemble, disassemble and adjust parts and equipment as part of testing, operating or maintaining it. When repairing or assembling survey equipment, incumbents make skillful, controlled manipulations of small parts and screws. Survey and preliminary survey work often involves lifting and moving survey equipment weighing up to 25 pounds for short and long distances. The work also involves using common hand tools, such as hammers, spades, picks and shovels, to uncover or dig up survey points, move debris and put stakes into the ground. When clearing brush, incumbents are sometimes exposed to poison oak. Running survey instruments involves making precise arm/hand positioning movements, coordinating the movement of more than one limb simultaneously, and using arms above shoulder level. Office work in the Survey section also involves performing hand lettering, using drafting equipment, and operating equipment used in an engineering office.


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