Identification Section

Position Title: Land Surveyor

Location: San Luis Obispo

Department: Survey

Reports To: Director of Surveys


EEOC Class: Professional

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm

(Note: Overtime may be expected as approved by supervisor)

General Summary

The Land Surveyor will assist in taking measurements, interpreting survey calculations, compiling evidence for boundary determinations, preparing legal land documents and descriptions, mapping, drafting, researching, and/or operating precise surveying instruments.

Essential Job Function

  1. Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.
  2. Discuss specific project requirements with clients.
  3. Manage project budgets and schedules.
  4. Prepare project proposals including scope of work, deliverables and cost estimate.
  5. Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.
  6. Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
  7. Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
  8. Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.
  9. Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
  10. Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
  11. Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
  12. Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.
  13. Supervise subordinates as needed

14.   Other duties as apply

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Able to prepare and present the results of project investigations and analyses, written and orally
  • Able to prepare computer aided mapping and drafting
  • Typically has between 1 and 3 years of experience

·         Proficient in AutoCAD

·         Valid Driver License

·         Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process

·         Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology

·         Ability to manage one’s own time and the time of others

Education and Experience

Completion of a survey, or equivalent, program at an accredited college or trade school is preferred

Licensed Land Surveyor

Minimum of 3 years’ land surveying experience



Physical Requirements Percentage of Work Time Spent of Activity
  0-24% 25-49% 50-74% 75-100%
Seeing: Must be able to see well enough to read reports. X
Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with customers, vendors and employees. X
Standing/Walking: Must be able to move about department. X
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling: Must be able to stoop or kneel to pick up paper products or directories. X
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: Must be able to lift up to 50lbs. X
Finger Mobility/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to type and use technical sources. X
Working Condition: Normal working conditions absent extreme factors

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.



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