County of Alameda

Survey Technician III (#2147)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$56.11-$62.15 Hourly / $4,488.80-$4,972.00 BiWeekly /
$9,725.73-$10,772.67 Monthly / $116,708.80-$129,272.00 Yearly


This series specification describes the two classifications of Survey Technician III and Land Surveyor which, under direction at the lower level and under general direction at the higher level, performs routine and difficult land surveying duties in the field and office in both the Survey Support and County Surveyor Sections of the Survey Division of the Public Works Agency; and performs other related duties.    

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES                                                                   

The class of Survey Technician III is distinguished from the next lower one of Survey Technician II in that the former class serves as the senior member of a two-person land surveying team conducting topographic, boundary, control and construction surveys and is responsible for achieving the performance standards of the assignments and, in the County Surveyor Section, performs map examinations, whereas the latter class performs sub-professional and surveying tasks in both field and office.  Incumbents of the class of Survey Technician III are expected to promote to the next higher class of Land Surveyor after two years of experience and possession of a valid current license as a Land Surveyor in the State of California.


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.  Responsible for conducting accurate and efficient land surveys in the field, including:  Topographic surveys, property surveys, horizontal and vertical control surveys, siltation surveys, and construction staking surveys utilizing traditional and contemporary survey instruments and equipment.  Equipment includes:  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.  

2.  Prepares land surveying work products in the office using computer hardware and software including:  Personal computers to reduce, analyze, and adjust field survey results; and computer aided design drafting (CADD) software to produce multi-colored plots depicting the results of the field surveys as detailed planimetric plots, contours, profiles and cross-sections.  Computer files and hard-copy plots will be created for use by the design engineer.  Other work products also include:  Planimetric check plots, digital terrain models, contour maps, right-of-way maps, records of surveys and corner records.  

3.  Performs all levels of sub-professional map examinations in support of the County Surveyor's Office.  These State mandated examinations include Record of Surveys, Tract Maps, Parcel Maps, Corner Records, LAFCO Boundary Maps, Certificates of Correction, and Amended Maps all for compliance with State law(s), applicable sections of the Government Code, State of California and the County's Subdivision Ordinance.  

4.  Presents findings and makes recommendations for or against County Surveyor's endorsement on the filing of the official Record Documents.  

5.  Supervises and checks the work of one or more lower level survey technicians preparing the various required survey work products.  

6.  Supervises and checks the work of one or more lower-level survey technicians performing the map examinations required of the County Surveyor's Office.  

7.  Trains lower level survey technicians in proper field and office methods, use of computer software, and proper safety methods.  

8.  Trains lower level survey technicians in proper methods for elementary map examinations for the County Surveyor's Office.  

9.  Meets with design engineers, construction inspectors, real estate agents, and property owners to resolve survey problems arising out of capital improvement construction projects.         

10.  Meets with licensed land surveyors, civil engineers, land developers, and property owners to present, explain and defend the findings discovered during the State mandated County Surveyor's map examinations.  

11.  Examines real property deeds and other record boundary documents to detect and isolate apparent technical errors.  

12.  Performs flagging and other related safety tasks to protect the safety of the public and the County employees while conducting surveying projects.  

13.  Uses hand and power tools to perform manual labor related to survey activities.



Either I  

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Survey Technician II in the Alameda County classified service.  (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)  


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.                                                                                    



The equivalent of two years of college-level course work in math and science that included algebra and trigonometry,



The equivalent of four years of full-time land surveying experience that included at least one year of preparing or reviewing record boundary documents such as records of survey, corner records, right-of-way maps or property descriptions.  


Possession of 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:  

·  Fundamentals and laws governing survey theory and practice regarding preliminary designs, construction, right-of-way engineering, land division, boundary location, control and geodetic surveying.

·  Federal and State regulations, such as the Subdivision Act, Land Surveyors Act and other local ordinances, as they relate to the preparation and examination of record documents, including final maps, parcel maps and records of survey.

·  Survey equipment and computer software used in land survey office work.

·  Sources of general engineering and/or land survey information.

·  Safety procedures pertaining to survey work.

·  Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

·  Computer literacy including Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and GIS.

Ability to:  

·  Perform technical office and/or field surveys.

·  Prepare and review the work of assigned survey staff involving engineering, construction and photogrammetric surveys and uniform base mapping program.

·  Communicate orally explaining complex technical and legal surveying and property boundary issues to attorneys, colleagues and the public.

·  Process subdivision, parcel and record of survey maps.

·  Read and interpret drawings, maps and documents related to land surveying.

·  Follow oral and written instructions.

·  Adhere to performance standards related to land surveying.

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

·  Write clear and concise reports and letters to other professionals, agencies and the public.

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

·  Learn new software that supports land surveying equipment.  


New document:  TT:dj




Revised: 5/95

New document:  Jobspecs/2147-2148


CSC Date:  5/31/95

LD:jf Revision 5/2/18

CSC Date: 8/1/18


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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