Engineering/Planning/Surveying Technician III

Kent Conservation District, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Watershed Stewardship, Drainage Section, Georgetown Field Office. 21309 Berlin Road - Georgetown, DE


This is not a merit position. This is a contractual position with the opportunity to work long hours.

This position will supervise a 1 to 2 person survey party to provide accurate topographic data to the Drainage Program Engineering Team. This information will be used for the design and construction of drainage projects funded through the Resource, Conservation, and Development program or by Tax Ditch organizations. Survey crews collect topographical information using precise survey measuring tools including a robotic total station, GPS technology, and laser levels as well as their required peripheral equipment. The crews work in hard to navigate environments including wetlands, overgrown forested areas, and conveyance systems with steep slopes. The crews work in all weather conditions and are required to carry heavy survey equipment and tools.


_Listed are the various duties associated with this position:

Topographic Survey Data Collection

  • Collection of topographic data used for design of drainage projects utilizing Robotic Total Stations, RTK GPS, and data collectors.
  • Projects may be located in Kent or Sussex County.
  • Project types include ditch reconstruction, storm drains, bank stabilization, and restoration projects.

Construction Stakeout / As-Builts Survery

  • Construction Stakeout for Tax Ditch maintenance.
  • Construction Stakeout for Resource Conservation and Development Project.
  • As-Built Survey to check and document project compliance with design.

Survey Party Supervision and Program Support

  • Supervise 2 person survey party (sometimes 3)
  • Oversee and be responsible for data collected by the survey crew.
  • Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Tax Ditch As-built drawings, and survey work orders to plan survey phase of project.
  • Maintain survey equipment and vehicles.
  • Seek education on up to date surveying techniques and technology.


  • Six months experience in surveying which includes collecting survey data for boundary, mapping, topographic, hydrographic, engineering, and construction surveys.
  • Six months experience in measuring existing field locations of dimensions or boundaries of land areas, coastal, pond and river depths and the precise positions of points, lines and grades.
  • Six months experience in using and maintaining surveying tools and instrumentation.
  • Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
  • Knowledge of developing analytical and technical documents such as reports, maps, or geographical representations of data.
  • Knowledge of developing and recommending plans, specifications, designs, studies or surveys.
  • Knowledge of project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating projects to ensure objectives are met.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Kent Conservation District does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1B Visas.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


The Kent Conservation District offers a comprehensive benefit package including: 37.5 hours work week with flexible scheduling options; 15 paid vacation days the first year; 9 paid holidays a year; and 15 paid sick leave days per year. Pension and health insurance are also included in the benefits package. Direct Deposit of paychecks will be required as a condition of employment for new employees.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $31,912.00 /year


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