Placer County

Cadastral Technician - Senior (#14863)

$30.27-$37.81 Hourly / $5,246.80-$6,553.73 Monthly / $62,961.60-$78,644.80 Yearly


To perform difficult and complex cadastral drafting work in the preparation and maintenance of Assessor's maps based on legal descriptions and other information obtained from parcel maps, subdivision maps, deeds and other legal documents; and exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Cadastral Technician 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 performing the duties and by the nature of the public contact made. Employees perform the most difficult and complex cadastral mapping and related Geographic Information System duties assigned to classes within this series including providing lead supervision over technical and clerical staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned areas of responsibility.


Receives direction from an assigned supervisor.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform the most difficult and complex mapping assignments using automated mapping technology to produce, save and maintain map data in multiple electronic environments.
  • Prioritize, assign and review the work of staff involved in cadastral mapping using either manual or automated techniques; and provide technical assistance to others as needed.
  • Perform advanced processing functions using established commands and software options, incorporating or converting data from other systems, to create database files and produce final reports.
  • Resolve discrepancies, erroneous and incomplete information and troubleshoot and perform related research as needed to maintain accuracy of data and to answer questions from staff or others; and coordinate processes with other departments or agencies as needed.
  • Develop and/or modify GIS programming as necessary to accommodate user’s needs; verify accuracy of digitized data using source material to ensure the quality of computer automated projects.
  • Prepare maps, line drawings, color graphics, charts, graphs and other documents or materials for use in brochures, reports and presentations to the Board of Supervisors, the Assessment Appeals Board, various commissions, boards or other public agencies.
  • Assist the public at the counter, on the telephone, or through correspondence, providing information and answering questions on assessment maps or regarding properties on the assessment roll, ownership history, newly created or divided parcels, property address and road names and related matters.
  • Research, write and interpret legal descriptions, metes and bounds; search recorded deeds and surveys to determine correct locations and description of properties; make necessary survey and boundary calculations; compile statistics; and check mathematical data.
  • Compute acreage, plot land descriptions to accurate scale; and interpret legal descriptions of property.
  • Compile tax information for proposed redevelopment projects or jurisdictional boundary changes for the Local Agency Formation Commission.
  • Update, modify, convert or reconcile Assessor parcel maps to reflect jurisdictional changes of taxing agencies, changes in tax rate areas, new state utility roll maps, or other changes in the status of parcels; and maintain a complete set of Assessor's parcel maps.
  • Prepare tax estimates for newly created parcel maps and subdivisions, by gathering information on present and future appraised values, supplemental assessments and ownership.
  • Operate and design mapping computer software to produce maps in an electronic environment; and input mapping information into the Assessor's computer system.
  • Maintain ownership, history and situs files; and update and complete other appropriate records, reports, and documents following designated procedures.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and materials including maps at public counter; purchase as necessary.
  • Create spatial overlays and compose plots in support of staff projects; and make copies of maps, collect fees and prepare receipts for copies.
  • Provide technical assistance to others as needed.
  • Maintain mapping equipment and mapping related computer software; and troubleshoot problems and appropriate solutions.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Follow County policies and procedures.
  • Work in a safe manner at all times.
  • 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 journey level experience-performing duties similar to those of a Cadastral Technician II in Placer County.

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

Required License or 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:

  • Principles and practices of cartography and engineering drafting including map projections and scales.
  • Map drafting procedures, terminology, drafting tools and equipment.
  • Algebra, geometry and trigonometry, especially in computation of distances, angles and areas.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Computer aided drawing systems and their applications such as AutoCAD, ArchInfo and ArchView and other pertinent computer programs and software.
  • Policies and procedures of the Planning and Building Department and Public Works surveying and city addressing unit functions.
  • Metes and bounds, legal descriptions and title procedures.
  • Processes for making entries and accessing information in the computer software and systems commonly used in an Assessor’s Office including a GIS system.
  • Legal descriptions of sections, township, range, lot, block, metes, bounds, symbols, nomenclature and methods used for mapping purposes.
  • Pertinent policies, procedures, statutes, laws, ordinances and rules of the County, of an Assessor’s Office and the State Board of Equalizations, change in ownership, taxation and/or Cadastral mapping requirements.
  • Methods and practices of prioritization, planning, organization, delegation and training.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job. Intermittently, review documents related to Department operations; observe, identify and problem solve office operations and procedures; understand, interpret and explain Department policies and procedures; explain operations and solve problems involving office issues for the public and with staff.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist and reach office equipment; write and use keyboard to operate, design and mapping computer software and to communicate through written means; run errands; lift weight of 10 pounds or less.
  • Competently use a variety of relevant software, programs and computer applications.
  • Train, assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and prioritize work for self and others.
  • Work independently and as a cooperative, contributing member of a team.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; work effectively with interruption.
  • Manage multiple priorities and perform a variety of work assignments.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups, customers, co-workers and supervisors in a respectful, tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Research sources of geographic data and collect, interpret and integrate cartographic data from different sources to prepare map manuscripts and reports.
  • Independently interpret maps; prepare maps accurately delineating feature locations and boundaries on map manuscripts; and troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Design and develop sequential processing of tasks and perform spatial analysis.
  • Use engineering drafting and cartographic tools and equipment.
  • Operate digitizers, plotters, printers, micro fiche reader, scanners copiers and other equipment as needed.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 14863; EST: 7/1/1998; REV: 8/1/2002;