Established:  05/93
FLSA:  Non-Exempt
EEO:  2



Under direction, to review and approve land survey documents and plat maps prepared by private surveyors; to lead the work of survey technicians in field and office assignments; and to do other work as required.


The Land Surveyor provides professional expertise and assistance with survey activities, including maintaining public records, restoring government corners, processing subdivision applications and providing technical support to the public. Positions may be located in the County Surveyor’s Office or in the Department of Transportation and Development.

The Land Surveyor differs from the Engineering Technician 4 which is not required to be registered as a professional land surveyor and cannot certify surveys completed by other professional surveyors. It also differs from the County Surveyor which is an elected official with statutory responsibilities.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews subdivision plats, boundary surveys, corner monument restorations, construction surveys, road right-of-way, vacation and legalization surveys and other public and private surveys.
  2. Checks maps and survey documents submitted for completeness, accuracy and conformity to accepted surveying practices and other legal requirements; certifies survey documents with seal and signature prior to official recording.
  3. Schedules, coordinates and reviews the work of survey technicians on assigned projects or program; leads survey crews in boundary location and government corner monument restoration; conducts field checks of angles, bearings and distances; coordinates field data collection.
  4. Compiles and analyzes required survey documents; coordinates the research and preparation of field notes, drawings, maps, legal descriptions, property ownership records, reports, records and correspondence; performs and checks complex mathematical computations.
  5. Participates in the maintenance of official land records, including original government corner locations and historical survey notes, drawings and maps.
  6. Provides advice and assistance to property owners, contractors, attorneys, title companies, other departments and the public on various aspects of land surveying; answers questions and provides information on survey standards and property boundaries.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles, methods and instruments used in land surveying; federal and state statutes, rules and regulations governing land survey methods, standards and record keeping; drafting and mapping techniques; basic engineering mathematics, including co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry; office practices and equipment, including computer terminals; research techniques.

Some knowledge of: Techniques of supervision.

Skill to: Prepare survey documents, including drawings, maps, plats, deeds and legal descriptions; conduct research pertaining to survey and related property records; locate, compile and organize complex and outdated survey data; operate field and office survey instruments, including level, theodolite, electronic measuring equipment, tape measure, electronic data collector and computer assisted drafting and designing software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, private surveyors, constructions contractors, County employees and the public; prepare and maintain accurate records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Within DTD’s County Surveyor’s Office – Public Land Corner, duties in the field require frequent walking, stepping, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, digging, swinging, balancing, grasping, fine motor control, and the ability to lift and carry up to 90 pounds, including carrying 60 pounds on one shoulder. Duties also involve frequent exposure to slippery and/or uneven surfaces including steep terrain, loud noises, vibration, exhaust fumes and dust, and adverse weather conditions.


Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in any state (U.S.) at time of hire. Incumbent must be registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Oregon within six months of hire.

Within DTD’s County Surveyor’s Office – Public Land Corner, employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 08/16