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Douglas County  4090
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Pay Range GC23


This classification is responsible for the location and design of public works projects such as roads, bridges, dams, storm drains, sanitary sewers and water distribution systems and the production of maps, plans and other documentation for the engineering division. Incumbent supervises section support staff and has responsibility for work performed within the section.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise and coordinate work activities of assigned technical staff in conducting surveys and preparing maps, plans and other engineering documentation; offer technical assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Ensure work is in compliance with appropriate regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within section. Is involved in selection, training and evaluating staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Supervise engineering computer operations, including the maintaining and updating of hardware and software, and the collection, maintenance and distribution of digital map information.

3. Prepare engineering maps and plans from surveys; research and assemble information; evaluate problems and alternative solutions; perform complex mathematical calculations; finalize project designs.

4. Research and document county road rights-of-way and easement applications; determine locations, make computations and prepare legal descriptions.

5. Review maps and plans prepared by engineering staff for conformance to legal requirements for filing surveys; ensure compliance with established standards of accuracy; stamp and file surveys with the County Surveyor.

6. Meet with the public and private individuals/organizations to share information and deal with complaints regarding assigned projects.

7. Prepare engineering studies and reports as requested.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering and land surveying principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of mathematics related to civil engineering and land surveying; considerable knowledge of laws, rules, codes, regulations and ordinances related to engineering and surveying projects; considerable knowledge of federal and state right-of-way regulations. Skill in: Preparation of project plans and maps; conducting research and technical report writing; preparation of right-of-way and easement legal descriptions; computer applications related to engineering, surveying and drafting; the use of scientific calculators and surveying equipment. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; design roads, drainage facilities and other public works projects; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; conduct research and compile and analyze technical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; plan, organize, assign, coordinate and review work of staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees and organizations, private engineers and consultants, regulatory agencies, utility districts and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelors degree in civil engineering, surveying or a related field and four years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR Associate degree in civil engineering, surveying or a related field and six years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR eight years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience or training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Must possess Professional Land Surveyor registration or be able to obtain registration within six months of employment.


Work is performed under general direction of the division engineer. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employee receives general instructions regarding scope of and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in accordance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; standards as applied to civil engineering and surveying; engineering manuals; equipment and software manuals; survey and construction specifications manuals; right-of-way manuals; safety manuals and supplier specifications. Employee uses a considerable amount of judgment in interpreting and developing guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and the field. When in the office, work is sedentary; may involve hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, operating survey equipment; operating basic engineering equipment and blueprinting machinery with common exposure to chemicals and gasses. When outside in the field, work involves bending, color identification, hearing voice conversation, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, operating survey equipment, pushing, stooping and walking rough terrain. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts, common exposure to pollens, dust, poison oak, traffic and fumes and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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