Assistant County Surveyor (#RE3002)
$45.56-$55.39 Hourly / $7,897.07-$9,600.93 Monthly / $94,764.80-$115,211.20 Yearly


Under direction, performs responsible managerial and professional work in directing the operations and functions of the County Surveyor's Office and Real Property section; and does related work as required.


This is a single position class in the Department of Public Works, Development Services Division. The incumbent manages the County Surveyor's Office, including staff assigned to perform Real Property functions. Work involves supervising professional and sub-professional engineering and real property staff. The incumbent may personally perform the most complex work in the review of maps and may be delegated authority to sign maps.


  • Plans, organizes and directs the functions of the County Surveyor's Office; assigns, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff, coaches, counsels and implements progressive discipline as necessary.
  • Directs the processing of subdivision maps and maps of surveys for filing with County Recorder as required by the Subdivision Map Act and Land Surveyor's Act, and local ordinances.
  • Directs the processing of legal documents and necessary deeds relative to various projects, County properties and road rights of ways; directs the preparation of appraisals, negotiations for acquisition and disposal of property and rights of way, and initiation of condemnation proceedings.
  • Directs the processing of various projects relative to special districts, city annexations, and other entities.
  • Meets with private engineers and land surveyors relative to research on subdivisions, surveys or relative to problems involving their projects; assists the general public relative to problems with their properties and legal descriptions.
  • Represents the Department of Public Works at meetings and conferences; speaks before public and private groups.
  • Reviews correspondence, reports, and other material; prepares reports and correspondence; prepares budget and staffing recommendations.

    Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering or surveying.
    Experience: Three years of experience in land surveying.

    Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education on a year for year basis.

    Either (1) Possession of a valid certificate as a Licensed Land Surveyor as issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers; or (2) possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers prior to 1982.

    License: Possession of a valid California driver's license. 


    Principles and practices of supervision and management; principles, practices, methods, techniques, and equipment used in land surveying; mathematics through trigonometry as applied to land surveying and pertinent standard engineering calculations; general principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to land surveying.


    Plan and direct the work of others; administer the functions of the County Surveyor's Office and real property function; learn the principles and practices of real property; assign, train, supervise, and evaluate staff and their work; apply required knowledge to work and resolve technical problems of considerable difficulty; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


    Mobility-Ability to sit or stand for long periods, move about an office, perform field work; reach above and below desk level; Dexterity-Sufficient to operate a key board; handle individual papers; write and take notes; Lifting-Occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds; Visual Requirements-Ability read maps, files and computer screens and do close-up work; Hearing/Talking-Ability to hear normal speech, hear on the telephone, talk in person, and talk on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Ability to make decisions and concentrate.

    CLASS: RE3002; EST: 5/9/2001; REV: ;