5314 Survey Associate

Recruitment #TEX-5314-081634


Division: Bureau of Street Use and Mapping

Appointment Type: Temporary-Exempt, Full-Time. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Position Description:
Under general direction, the Survey Associate is responsible for supervising the work of a survey party following established surveying methods and procedures; interacting and discussing with department staff, contractors and others on survey needs and projects.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
 1.  Supervises the work of a survey party by planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of subordinates, including completing performance evaluations for subordinates and administering disciplinary procedures when necessary.
 2.  Plans and organizes surveying work by determining the logistics for conducting each survey; setting and adhering to project deadlines; assigning responsibilities to subordinates; and managing ongoing work to ensure that surveys provide the necessary and desired information and documentation.
 3.  Trains survey party staff to use surveying equipment and follow procedures such as establishing line and grade for construction projects (including streets, highways, tunnels, buildings and pipe lines), performing topographical and other surveys, cross-sectioning and contour line-setting, and establishing and maintaining precise monument and control lines, official elevations, survey lines, and boundary lines; stays current on surveying techniques and improvements in equipment.
 4.  Discusses survey needs and projects with departmental staff, contractors, and others to carefully plan survey work so that it is completed accurately and provides necessary information.
 5.  Reads and interprets maps, drawings, and prior survey notes, such as subdivision, right-of-way, parcel, contour, lease maps, and construction drawings to plan survey work.
 6.  Prepares and maintains survey field notes by recording necessary data on the surveying process and final product, such as measurements, readings, problems encountered; and reviewing and including the field notes of subordinate personnel.
 7.  Performs mathematical computations necessary in surveying work to determine distances, elevations, angles, areas, traverses, etc., and interprets findings.
 8.  Utilizes a personal computer and survey applications to download and check survey information and maps; includes use of AutoCAD Civil 3D and related software to create maps, plats, and cartographic products as needed.
 9.  Drives a vehicle to work sites and meetings.
 10.  Uses laser scanning, pre-planning, data collection and data reduction (post processing); registers point clouds; creates usable maps and displays from collected data.
 11.  Writes and interprets legal descriptions both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.
 12.  Establishes terrestrial and GPS control surveys including performing static adjustments using appropriate software.
 13.  Performs related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:
Depending on assignment, working conditions may include, but not be limited to: sustained physical effort including walking several miles off road and climbing steep inclines; working in adverse weather conditions (e.g. noise, inclement weather, long hours, weekends, and nights); ability to mobilize and demobilize various survey related equipment in various environments.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Six years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

2. Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics or related field AND two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

3. An Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Geomatics or related field AND four years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

4. Possession of a valid Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) license issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors AND four years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II.

• Related educational fields include Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Math, and/or Civil Engineering.
• Requires that the incumbent travel to various work sites. Employees must be insurable under the hiring department’s automobile liability insurance, which must be maintained throughout employment.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Possession of a valid Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) certificate issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

•Select the desired job announcement
•Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
•Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
•Follow instructions on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfusd.edu, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Maria P. Chan, by telephone at 415-554-6002, or by email at maria.chan@sfdpw.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of the qualifying education, experience, apprenticeship program and driver license, at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment.

Note: Falsifying one’s education or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco

Selection Procedures

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time and place of the interview.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: August 24, 2017
General Services Agency, Human Resources Administration
Recruitment ID#: TEX-5314- 081634
SFPW/ mpc / (415) 554-6002


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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