County of Alameda

Land Surveyor (#2148)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$56.01-$62.09 Hourly / $4,480.80-$4,967.20 BiWeekly /
$9,708.40-$10,762.27 Monthly / $116,500.80-$129,147.20 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 Land Surveyor is distinguished from the next lower one of Survey Technician III in that the former class is the first level of the professional Land Surveyor classifications exercising the independent control and direction of land surveying work and land surveying decisions which can only be made by a licensed Land Surveyor and are described in the following Examples of Duties.  Certain positions in this class may be responsible for assigning, monitoring and reviewing the work of multiple survey parties within one of the Division's major specialized survey activities, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) Surveys, Boundary Determinations, and in the examination of record maps in the County Surveyor Section.  


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.  Locates the alignment or elevation for any of the fixed works embraced within the practice of civil engineering.  

2.  Locates property lines or boundaries of any parcel of land, right-of-way, easement, or alignment of those lines or boundaries.  

3.  Determines the position for survey monuments which mark property lines.    

4.  Determines the boundary information to be shown on any map or document prepared in conformance with the Land Surveyors Act.    

5.  Determines the information to be shown within the description of any deed for describing the limit of real property.    

6.  Reviews or supervises the review of documents prepare din conformance with the Land Surveyors' Act.    

7.  Administers and certifies oaths when it becomes necessary to take testimony concerning property boundary evidence.    

8.  Signs and seals maps, plats, reports, descriptions, or other documents, and indicates the surveyor's professional responsibility for it/them.  Deposes and testifies, as an expert witness, in actions involving County interest in surveying matters.                

NOTE:     The examples of duties listed below are assigned to the three positions with lead responsibility in the Global Positioning System Surveys, Boundary Determinations and the County Surveyors Section.      

9.  Plans, organizes, and conducts Boundary Determination studies as part of required Right-of-Way engineering services, being one of the Division's major specialized activities.  

10.  Plans, organizes, and directs the work of one or more survey parties engaged in Global Positioning System (GPS) surveys.  

11.  Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of a team of professional and technical land surveyors conducting map examinations for the County Surveyor Function.  

12.  Meets with design engineers, construction inspectors, right-of-way agents, and others to resolve survey problems related to construction and/or map examinations.  

13.   May write and review drafts of state and local legislative reforms; may represent County as professional witness before other agencies or judicial bodies.                                                                            

14.  Prepares, or directs the preparation of, the state required "Records of Survey" and "Corner Records," and when completed, signs and seals the official document attesting to its compliance with the Land Surveyors' Act.  

15.  Endorses official land surveying work products for stationary compliance, by use of their professional license as a land surveyor.  

16.  Provides technical assistance to staff and consultant surveyors regarding specific surveying problems and recommends various quality control measures.  



Either I  

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



Possession of a valid current license as a Land Surveyor from the State of California. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.                                                                                            

Or II  


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



The equivalent of six years of full-time land surveying experience that included at least two years 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 current license as a Land Surveyor from the State of California.

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

  • 11 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.