County of Alameda

Senior Land Surveyor (#2155)

Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$65.48-$80.37 Hourly / $5,238.40-$6,429.60 BiWeekly /
$11,349.87-$13,930.80 Monthly / $136,198.40-$167,169.60 Yearly


Under general direction, the class of Senior Land Surveyor is the first-line supervisor of either the Survey Support Section of the Capital Improvement Program or the County Survey Section being responsible for both the office and required field survey work; and performs other related duties.    


The class of Senior Land Surveyor is distinguished from the next lower one of Land Surveyor in that the former class is a first-line supervisor, while the latter class functions as the senior member on a survey team or acts as lead over units within different sections of the Survey Section. This class is further distinguished from the next higher one of County Surveyor in that the latter class is a second-line supervisor having overall responsibility for the Survey Section in the Public Works Agency.


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.  Assigns and schedules survey parties and staff assistants; trains survey parties and staff assistants in the use of contemporary methods and equipment.

2.  Assists in the hiring and evaluation of personnel and recommends disciplinary action; acts for the County Surveyor in the incumbent's absence.

3.  Selects the methods, procedures and accuracies of field work; determines calculation and adjustment methods.

4.  Specifies the format and information to be shown on maps and documents; reviews the accuracy of the work product.

5.  Assists in survey equipment evaluations; drafts specifications and justifications for input into the budget process.

6.  Clarifies and approves the scope of work for Survey Requests by meeting with the design engineers, architects, environmentalists, real estate agents, and other allied professionals to determine final requirements.   

7.  Prepares job specifications for consultant land surveyor's work products by determining appropriate costs for service, reviewing in-progress work products for adherence to acceptable standards, and approving invoices for payment, when completed.

8.  Coordinates construction staking requirements with contractors for Capital Improvement Program (C.I.P.) projects.

9.  Prepares formal survey contracts with consultants for on-call professional and technical surveying services.

10.   Evaluates the work of survey consultants for satisfactory completion, and approves invoices for payment, when completed.

11.  Researches and analyzes prior survey information for suitability with the new survey requests.

12.  Reviews and approves specifications necessary prior to ordering surveying instruments.

13.  Reviews the Section's survey work for completeness and accuracy.

14.  Supervises the preparation of state mandated "Records of Survey" and "Corner Records"; and when completed, endorses same for compliance with the Land Surveyors' Act.

15.  Manages and supervises an ongoing training program for county survey staff to become more efficient in the use of contemporary survey equipment in the field, and computer applications in the office.

16.  Supervises the preparation and updating of the various survey procedural handbooks and guides.


Either I  

The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Land Surveyor in the Alameda County classified service.                                                                               

Or II  

The equivalent of six years of full-time experience in land survey work of which two years must have included supervisory experience managing the work of professional and technical staff.    

Special Requirements:  

Must possess a valid certificate of registration as a Land Surveyor, or a Civil Engineer authorized to practice Land Surveying, as issued by the State of California.

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

A Bachelor's degree in Land Surveying/Engineering or Math is considered desirable.  

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:

·  Contemporary principles, practices, methods and equipment pertinent to land surveying.

·  Principles and practices of supervision and training.

·  Current legal requirements of land survey work, including the Subdivision Map Act, Land Surveyors Act, local ordinances and regulations.

·  Civil Engineering principles as applied to construction and photogrammetric surveys.

·  Principles of proper safety procedures.

·  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 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.

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

Ability to:

·  Planning and organization.

·   Management control.

·  Analysis and problem solving.

·  Decision making.

·  Budget Analysis.

·  Oral Communication

·  Written communication, including presentations to staff, other agencies, and the public.

·  Leadership.

·  Flexibility.

·  Interpersonal sensitivity.

·  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 a member of survey team and with the public.

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

·  Learn new computer software that supports land surveying equipment.


Old document:  FW:nw  6/l7/76

TAT:pb  Revised & Retitled: 5/87

TAT:jc  Revised 4/95 0332h

New document:  Jobspecs/2155


CSC Date:  5/31/95

MAH:cs  Revised 4/4/14

CSC Date:  4/30/14

LD:jf Revision and Retitled 4/5/2018

Old Title: Associate Land Surveyor

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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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