County of Alameda

County Surveyor (#2157)

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Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$68.78-$83.68 Hourly / $5,502.40-$6,694.40 BiWeekly /
$11,921.87-$14,504.53 Monthly / $143,062.40-$174,054.40 Yearly


Under general direction, holds the office of Alameda County Surveyor and is  in charge of the County’s  professional and administrative responsibilities in the areas of county surveying; land development; map review; boundary surveying; map making; map record maintenance; construction and land surveying; and performs related work as required.


The County Surveyor is a one-position class.  The incumbent's responsibilities are primarily as County Surveyor.  The incumbent reports directly to a Principal Civil Engineer or Deputy Director of Public Works and is in charge of and oversees the activities of all surveyors, and other professional technical personnel in the survey section of the 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.  Plans, directs and manages field and office work of land surveyors and technicians in the appropriation of studies, cost estimates, specifications and reports involving engineering construction, photogrammetric surveys, mapping services and all applicable computer graphics.  

2.  Supervises reviews and approves the preparation of maps, plats, and legal descriptions.  

3.  Provides liaison and coordination on all matters relative to boundary land surveys and mapping to governmental agencies and special districts, department heads, private industry and the general public.  

4.  Furnishes expert advice or information related to land surveying as required.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil or mining engineering or surveying.  (The equivalent of 4 years of experience in land surveying may be substituted for a bachelor's degree).  



The equivalent of four years of experience in professional civil engineering or land surveying of which two years having been served in a land surveying supervisory or administrative capacity.  



Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued prior to January 1, 1982, or land surveyor as issued by the California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.  

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:  

·  Land surveying techniques, including property, boundary, monuments, geodetic and photogrammetric surveying and mapping procedures and equipment.

·  Construction surveying for horizontal and vertical control, layout, staking, and "as built" documentation.

·  Surveying staff support consistent with effective and efficient scheduling, quality control, and priority setting; management theory and supervisorial techniques.

·  Office administration.

·  Civil engineering theory as it applies to surveying and public relations techniques.       

·  Fundamental 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 Action 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:  

·  Written communications.

·  Decision making.

·  Leadership.

·  Planning and organization.

·  Management control.

·  Budget analysis.

·  Interpersonal sensitivity.

·  Flexibility.

·  Adaptation to stress

·  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.


Old document:  FW:o


Retyped: 12/85

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New document:  Jobspecs/2157


CSC Date:  12/18/86

MAH:cs  4/3/14

CSC Date:  4/30/14

LD:ah Revised/ ReTitled 6/26/18

Old Title: Supervising 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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