County of Alameda

Survey Technician I (#2140)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$38.99-$43.04 Hourly / $3,119.20-$3,443.20 BiWeekly /
$6,758.27-$7,460.27 Monthly / $81,099.20-$89,523.20 Yearly


This series specification describes two levels of Survey Technician classifications which, under close supervision at the lower level and under direction at the high level, perform sub-professional land surveying tasks in both field and office; and perform other related duties.  


The class of Survey Technician I may serve as a junior member of a land surveying team conducting topographic, boundary, control and construction surveys, or in the office performs elementary map examinations.  Incumbents of the class of Survey Technician I are expected to promote to the next higher class of Survey Technician II after two years of experience and demonstrated knowledge and necessary competence in applying the basic surveying methods employed by the County and with a basic understanding of the procedures for map examinations as required by state regulations.  


NOTE:   The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.  

1.  Assists in obtaining accurate survey information in the field by efficiently using traditional and contemporary survey instruments and equipment including:  Electronic total stations with electronic data collectors utilizing point coding, break-lines, and mass-points; Global Position System (GPS) receivers in static, rapid static, and kinematic modes; automatic levels for control surveys and construction staking; and programmable calculators to perform coordinate geometry calculations in the field.    

2.  Assists in editing and plotting survey information in the office using computer hardware and software including:  Personal computers to reduce, analyze and adjust field survey results; and computer-aided design/drafting environment (CADD) to produce multi-colored pen plots depicting the results of the field surveys as detailed planimetric plots, contours, profiles and cross-sections.  Computer files and hard-copy will be created for use by the design engineer.  

3.  Performs elementary map examination tasks in support of the County Surveyor’s Office.  These State mandated map examination categories include Record of Surveys, Tract Maps, Parcel Maps, Corner Records, LAFCO Boundary Maps, Certificates of Correction, and Amended Maps.  Examination duties include math checks, file room research, deed evaluations, technical report writing, and filing.  

4.  Assists in calculating the dimensions, areas and ownership information required on legal documents used for property acquisitions and/or disposals.  

5.  Safely operates a motor vehicle in freeway traffic and in off road situations.  

6.  Performs flagging and other related safety tasks to protect the public and other county employees while conducting surveying projects.  

7.  Uses hand and power tools to perform manual labor related to survey activities, including driving stakes on construction sites to guide the placement of new construction.  

8.  Assists with training co-workers.


Either I


Completion of a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units from an accredited college or university consisting of at least 12 semester/18 quarter units of combined course work in mathematics (college algebra and trigonometry) and/or land surveying.  



The equivalent of one year full-time land surveying experience that included at least six months of land surveying field experience. 


Must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:   The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:  

·  Mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry.

·  Basic land surveying concepts, techniques and practices.

Ability to:  

·  Perform various sub-professional surveying duties involving clerical, computational and manual skills.

·  Perform arithmetic, algebraic, and trigonometric computations.

·  Work harmoniously as a member of a small team and with the public.

·  Perform extensive physical work in all kinds of terrain and weather.

·  Operate a computer.

·  Follow oral and written instructions.

·  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Old doc:  WSCLcv – 12/23/64

RR:dg – Rev. 5/27/76

DF:sw – Updated 11/2/93

TT:dj – Rev./Comb. I&II 9/16/94


New doc:  2140-2145.doc


CSC Date:  10/19/94

RC:pf  Revised 12/21/04

CSC Date:  2/2/2005

LD:ah Revised 6/26/18

CSC Date: 8/15/18


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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