Placer County

Surveyor - Senior (#14209)

$57.31-$71.58 Hourly / $9,933.73-$12,407.20 Monthly / $119,204.80-$148,886.40 Yearly


To plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Surveying section within the Community Development Resource Agency’s Engineering and Surveying Division; to coordinate survey functions with other divisions or departments; to provide highly responsible technical support to management staff; and to perform the duties of the County Surveyor when assigned.


This level recognizes positions that provide full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and/or assumes substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a defined area or specialty. This job class also provides high level surveying support to the assigned department.


Receives general direction from the County Surveyor and Deputy Director of Engineering and Surveying or other assigned management staff.

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


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

  • Perform the duties of the County Surveyor when assigned, including but not limited to the signing of maps and other survey documents in the capacity of a Deputy County Surveyor.
  • Provide supervision, leadership and direction to professional, technical and clerical staff in support of assigned department(s) and program(s); act as a resource to teams in providing surveying assistance and services.
  • Develop, recommend and implement section goals and objectives; establish performance standards and methods for surveying; develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop and oversee the work of staff involved in surveying.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned unit; implement improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for equipment and staff; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Develop, oversee and participate in the management of professional services and/or construction contracts.
  • Represent assigned department/division/section to the public, as well as other County employees and managers in a positive and productive manner.
  • Make presentations at public meetings and hearings.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • 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 in surveying, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 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 (registration as a Civil Engineer with a number of 33965 or less issued prior to January 1, 1982 qualifies).
  • 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:

  • Principles and practices of surveying.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct surveying operations/ activities.
  • 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 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; regularly lift heavy weight.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and department policies and procedures.
  • Perform the most complex work of the unit.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Make presentations to governing boards and community groups. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

CLASS: 14209; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 10/9/2018;