Placer County

Surveyor - Associate (#14204)

$45.78-$57.17 Hourly / $7,935.20-$9,909.47 Monthly / $95,222.40-$118,913.60 Yearly


To plan, supervise, coordinate and participate in complex, difficult, and sensitive professional surveying activities, including map certification and election mapping; and to exercise direct supervision over professional and technical staff.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Surveyor series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing assigned duties, and by the nature of the public contact made.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing expert testimony with regard to boundary/survey information and exercising direct supervision over technical and professional staff.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


Receives general direction from supervisory or management staff as assigned.

Exercises direct supervision over technical and professional staff.


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

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives for surveying activities; establish schedules and methods for achieving survey Unit's work objectives; implement  policies and procedures within areas of responsibility.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of professional and technical staff assigned to areas of responsibility; participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff, supplies, and equipment; monitor and control expenditure.
  • Research, calculate and prepare legal descriptions for County road projects, LAFCO annexations, special districts, or as requested by other County departments.
  • Provide information regarding survey data, County right-of-way, easements, record maps, status of various projects, to the public and private sector representatives.
  • Administer the County's map certification and election mapping programs including oversight of review/approval of legal descriptions submitted to the County for annexation, easements, and  property transfers. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • 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: Two years of responsible professional surveying experience performing duties similar to an Assistant Surveyor with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with major course work in engineering technology or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of registration as a Licensed Land Surveyor in the State of California.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required depending on the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Public Works Department policies and procedures relative to surveying activities.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal rules, regulations, laws and codes, including the Land Surveyors Act and the Subdivision Map Act.
  • Principles and practices of land surveying, including  application to the review of maps and legal descriptions.
  • Computer software as used in technical computation/analysis and drafting/mapping/surveying applications.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement, and direct survey activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational situations and technical policies and procedures; and understand, interpret, and explain applicable ordinances and statutes and County policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk or stand at counter for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, or twist while perform field work; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means or enter/retrieve data from computer; regularly lift heavy weight.
  • Apply the principles and practices of professional surveying in the performance of professional surveying duties on multiple, diverse, and complex projects.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of assigned budget areas.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned activities.
  • 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.

CLASS: 14204; EST: 9/1/1995; REV: 6/1/2017;