Placer County

County Surveyor (#11738)

$58.02-$72.46 Hourly / $10,056.80-$12,559.73 Monthly / $120,681.60-$150,716.80 Yearly



To plan, organize, manage, and coordinate the programmatic, administrative and operational activities of the Surveying Section within the Engineering and Surveying Department; to perform the duties of the County Surveyor as specified in the statutes of the State of California and in the Placer County Code; to direct, manage, and supervise the work of assigned staff; to establish and implement assigned programs' objectives and performance standards; to serve as a member of the Department Management Team which is responsible for fulfilling the mission and carrying out the policies of the Department; and to promote and participate in collaborative activities, programs, and projects that cross functional areas.


The County Surveyor is a single class position. The County Surveyor job class recognizes a position that provides full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and assumes substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a technical surveying field. This job class requires directing and reviewing the activities of other professional surveyors as well as providing the highest level of professional surveyor support to the Department.


Receives general direction from the Director and Assistant Director.

Exercises direct supervision over professional and supervisory staff, and may supervise technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a Management Team member participating in the development and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Plan, organize, and manage the programmatic, administrative and operational activities within designated areas of responsibility; monitor and evaluate work in progress to ensure compliance with goals and policies.
  • Participate in the identification and allocation of resources (fiscal, staffing, and materials); and contribute to the problem-solving, decision making, and planning activities of the Department.
  • Recommend and implement section goals, objectives, and activities to be accomplished; direct and coordinate the implementation of strategies and plans.
  • Establish performance standards and methods for land surveying; develop and implement policies and procedures relating to the surveying and subdivision of real property.
  • Provide professional and managerial resources to the Director, Management Team, other departments, and the public in a responsible and supportive manner.
  • Represent the Department with organizations, local communities, special interest groups, businesses, customers, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Establish and maintain open communications with other County Departments, multi-disciplinary teams, and other governmental organizations; coordinate data, resources, and work products in support of productive and positive working relationships.
  • Direct, supervise, and participate in the development and administration of budgets; coordinate and direct the forecasting of funds needed; research and analyze funding resources and availability.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Direct, practice, and be responsible for professional surveying activities.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience as a registered Professional Surveyor including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in land surveying or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a licensed Land Surveyor as issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors. Registration as a Civil Engineer prior to January 1, 1982, may also qualify.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver's license. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of surveying with specific knowledge and experience in the same area.
  • Principles and practices of management, leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct activities of professional, technical, field, and office and clerical staff involved in assigned program operations/activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of assigned job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight; attend meetings, including traveling. Some specialty areas require the ability to visit field sites, including accessing areas under construction.
  • Analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws regulations and codes; problem solve department related issues; and interpret County-wide and Departmental policies and procedures.
  • Direct and review the activities of Professional Surveyors.
  • Successfully develop, manage and monitor multiple budgets, programs and expenditures.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations and for multi-disciplinary assignments.
  • Make presentations to governing Boards and community groups. Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.

CLASS: 11738; EST: 6/1/2008; REV: ;