Placer County

Surveyor - Assistant (#14207)

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$39.55-$49.39 Hourly / $6,855.33-$8,560.93 Monthly / $82,264.00-$102,731.20 Yearly


To perform a variety of professional land surveying activities both in the office and the field; to provide information and assistance to the public in person, by telephone, or in the field; and to exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and professional staff as assigned.


This is the full journey level class within the Surveyor series.  Employees within this class perform the full range of duties as assigned including performing independent professional surveyor duties and exercising technical and function supervision over technical staff.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

This class is distinguished from the Associate Surveyor in that the latter performs highly complex and difficult survey-related activities requiring a high level of independent judgement and exercises direct supervision over professional surveying staff.


Receives direction from professional staff.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over technical staff as assigned.


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

  • Perform independent research, field survey work; perform calculations and determinations of property lines, right of way boundaries, and political boundaries relative to compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and accepted professional survey practices. 
  • Monitor progress of field survey crews and provide professional survey advice regarding survey problems and procedures; review the reduction of incoming field notes; and may act as a survey party chief.
  • Review records, descriptions, and maps submitted to County Surveyor's office; prepare legal descriptions and certify that maps are technically correct; review major and minor subdivisions and records of surveys and minor boundary line resolution legal descriptions; prepare maps as required.
  • Determine precinct boundaries caused by annexations, detachments, and changes in population; assist in updating street index changes resulting from incorporation, annexation, detachment, and addition of new streets and subdivisions; verify various district boundaries within the County prior to elections.
  • Explain laws, regulations, and requirements to the public; confer and coordinate with other County departments and review boards, various public agencies, private engineers and surveyors, and developers on matters affecting mapping, land boundary determinations and perpetuation of survey monuments.
  • Receive survey requests from other County departments; prepare periodic progress, various activity reports and correspondence; establish and maintain appropriate files, records, and documentation.
  • Train and lead assigned subordinate staff.
  • 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.

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

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a Land Surveyor in Training Certificate.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • General public works policies and procedures relative surveying.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations, laws and codes, including the Land Surveyors Act and Subdivision Map Act.
  • Principles and practices of land surveying, including records of survey and re-establishment of survey points.
  • Principles of land subdivision and the State coordinate system.
  • Principles and practices of drafting and mapping.
  • Computer software as used in technical computation/analysis and drafting/mapping applications.
  • Research and investigative techniques relative to surveying and mapping activities.
  • Business correspondence, report writing, and English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform professional surveying duties in the research, analysis, and computation of property lines, right-of-way boundaries and political boundaries.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe surveying activities and problem solve when appropriate; and understand and interpret and explain applicable ordinances and statutes and County policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk or stand at public counter for long periods of time.  Intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing field work; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; see and hear sufficiently to communicate by visual and auditory signals while working in the field; visually differentiate between colors used on maps; regularly lift heavy weight.
  • Independently interpret plans, specifications and survey notes and apply the State coordinate system.
  • Maintain accurate records, files and documentation and prepare technical reports.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Obtain information through interview; effectively handle multiple assignments; work with interruption; and to deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, drafting and surveying equipment, telephone, microfiche reader/printer, and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 14207; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 3/1/2000;