Tucson Water - Planning & Engineering Division - Survey Section

Recruitment #2105-2002-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride In Service.”

The Tucson Water Department is seeking highly qualified individuals to perform technical land survey work involved in preliminary, topographic, and construction field engineering surveys required for property and right-of-way determination, and to establish and maintain benchmarks and monuments.

General Description

Sets up and operates land survey equipment to measure land area boundaries and topographic features. Records field notes and calculations and interprets maps.

Essential Functions

• Measuring land areas, boundaries, and topographical features, such as locating and establishing property corners, vertical and horizontal reference points, and line staking for construction projects
• Utilizing static and RTK-GPS, total stations, electronic data collectors, and levels to measure and verify elevations, angles, and distances
• Interpreting maps, plats, blueprints, and specifications
• Clearing survey areas, locating markers, and setting pins, benchmarks, and monuments
• Assisting in performing mathematical calculations
• Preparing field notes and records of survey data, land features, as-built plans, and related engineering information
• Cleaning, checking, and adjusting survey equipment to ensure accuracy of measurements

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 1 year conducting land surveys

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Valid and unrestricted driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of civil engineering and surveying terminology
• Knowledge of construction procedures and techniques
• Knowledge of job site safety practices and traffic control
• Previous experience in a water utility 

Selection Plan

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Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Oral Board Interview.

• Oral Board Interviews will be held June 23, 2021

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

• 10% of your rating for education and work experience
• 90% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


Unless at Transportation, then:

Basic Physical

50 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.