City Surveyor

City of Olympia, WA - City of Olympia, WA

30+ days ago
A premium pay of up to 10% can be paid depending on qualifications.

About the Position
The Olympia Public Works Department seeks an exceptional individual to fill the position of City Surveyor. City Surveyor brochure (Download PDF reader). The position provides Professional Land Surveyor services to the City; supervises and directs the activities of the Survey, Mapping, Utility Locating and Right of Way Acquisition Programs within the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department, and is a member of the Engineering Leadership Team.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of applicable City, State & Federal regulations and standards governing the division and adjustment of land boundaries, Right-of-Way Acquisition, and Property Right Title.
Understanding of, and practical experience with property rights and Right-of-Way acquisition and negotiations, Public Works procurement processes, standards and documentation practices associated with all types of Public Works projects.
Ability to manage surveying, mapping, utility locating, and Right-of-Way acquisition for multiple public and private development projects occurring at the same time.
Strong oral and written communication skills associated with the essential requirements of this position.
Demonstrated strong leadership and mentorship of staff.

To Apply
To be considered, all applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by attaching them to your electronic application.
The cover letter must be no more than two pages long and include specific examples of you meet the Ideal Candidate Profile (above).
This is a continuous recruitment. To be considered for the next review, applications must be submitted by 5 pm, August 23, 2018.
Only electronic applications are accepted.
Contact Information
If you have questions about the position and/or requirements, please contact Fran Eide, P.E., City Engineer, at (360) 753-8422 or via email at
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

Serve as official City Surveyor and apply Washington State Professional Land Surveyor seal on necessary documents.
Manage the City's vision in Land surveying, mapping, utility locating and right-of-way acquisition.
Responsible for the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and accuracy of the City's survey field work and mapping.
Perform full supervisory function of assigned staff, including developing work plans and schedules; employee development and training; employee selection, performance review, and discipline.
Manage survey and right-of-way acquisition consultant contracts.
Research various survey related issues, including ownership, legal descriptions, quantity and shape of City-owned property, rights-of-way, and private ownerships.
Responsible for the checking and/or writing of property legal descriptions for the City.
Review all platting within the City for compliance with state and local codes and standards.
Responsible for the City's horizontal and vertical control networks.
Manage the city survey, mapping, utility locating and right-of-way acquisition programs.
Perform mathematical checks and coordinate survey requirements for private development.
Act as the lead right-of-way agent for City property right acquisitions. Responsible for compliance and coordination with various Federal, State, and local requirements. Develop appropriate assessment method, present information to participants, and consult with individuals or organizations to negotiate specific project solutions.
Develop and manage the survey, mapping, utility locating and right-of-way acquisition program budgets in conjunction with the City Engineer.
Manage projects including scope of work, consultant contracts, performance evaluation, and meeting project time and budget objectives.
Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Thorough knowledge of survey principles, practices, and preparatory procedures used in control, route, construction, property, and topography survey.
Thorough knowledge of trigonometry and analytical geometry and their application to surveying.
Knowledge of proper use and adjustment of surveying instruments and equipment.
Knowledge of the sources and methods of obtaining data from survey records.
Knowledge of geodetic surveying and photogrammetry.
Knowledge of the nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques, and instruments used in plotting and mapping surveys.
Knowledge of computer applications of survey work.
Knowledge of proper right-of-way acquisition procedures.
Knowledge of municipal budget preparation and process.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Skill in drafting to prepare neat and accurate notes, drawings, sketches, field maps and documents for filing with the County Auditor.
Ability to read and interpret complex maps and property descriptions to establish and maintain records and files of survey data.
Ability to operate computers and survey instruments and to instruct others in their proper use and care.
Ability to instruct others in proper survey methods and procedures.
Ability to search survey records, compile, and analyze survey data.
Ability to be an active participant and supervise, organize, assign, lead, and motivate a service-oriented team.
Ability to deal courteously and effectively with representatives of other organizations and the public.
Ability to prepare clear, concise, and complete reports.

Eight years progressively responsible field and office survey experience required.
Education may substitute on a year for year basis for the experience as allowed by law.
Two years of supervisory experience is required.

Special Requirements:
Must possess a Washington Professional Land Surveyor license.
Valid Washington State Driver's License.
Successful candidate must pass Washington State Patrol and FBI background checks.
Supplemental information

The City Surveyor has daily contact with field crews for the purpose of supervision, direction, assignments, and problem resolution.
In addition, the City Surveyor has frequent contact with contractors, developers, engineers, land surveyors, and the general public for the purpose of information sharing-gathering.
Contacts may occasionally be of a confrontational nature, where preparation and the ability to explain the City's past or future actions in a manner consistent with the City's customer service policy is central to position success.

Supervise all assigned staff.

The City Surveyor is responsible for the efficiency and accuracy of the field survey functions, the accuracy of real property legal descriptions and compliance with of all local and state regulations as they pertain to platting.

Working Conditions:
The City Surveyor generally works in an office.
Some portion of time may be spent in the field working directly with the crews.
The City of Olympia is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.