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Douglas County  4350
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Pay Range GC19


This classification performs professional land surveying duties in planning, organizing, coordinating, and supervising surveys performed by the County Surveyor's Office; lead survey crew field operations; review privately prepared surveys for compliance. The stamping of completed surveys requires this classification to hold a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) license.


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

1. Research and re-establish government survey corners; coordinate access to properties with owners; research survey records and evaluate aerial photographs; locate and document corners.

2. Set horizontal and vertical control monuments; establish State plane coordinates and elevations.

3. Lead and coordinate field operations of a survey crew, including participation in selection and training of staff.

4. Check new subdivision monuments for conformity to filed plats.

5. Survey county properties; research and evaluate surveys and descriptions; make field measurements and computations for locating and establishing corners.

6. Locate and maintain survey control points; prepare written descriptions of locations.

7. Prepare and oversee the preparation and filing of various reports.

8. Research survey records for county departments, land surveyors and the public.

9. Assist in reviewing privately prepared land surveys for compliance.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of professional concepts, principles, and techniques of land surveying which includes mathematics and physical science; thorough knowledge of laws, rules and regulations, codes and ordinances as applied to land surveying. Skill in: The use of complicated survey equipment, computers and calculators. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; lead and coordinate work of support staff; conduct research; understand technical information and prepare technical reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, private land surveyors, contractors, public agencies and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in engineering or surveying with major coursework in land surveying or a related field and four years of land survey experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training. At time of appointment, must possess Oregon registration as a Professional Land Surveyor and a valid Oregon driver's license.

Experience and training requirements for land surveyor are established in ORS 672.090 - .145 and OAR 820-10-010 through -430.


Work is performed under the general direction of the survey supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedure; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; survey standards, manuals, and reference materials; mathematical textbooks; equipment manuals. Initiative and judgment is used in interpreting guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and field and may require bending, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 90 pounds, operating blueprinting and survey equipment, pushing, stooping and walking rough terrain. In the field, work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts with common exposure to pollens, dust, poison oak, traffic and fumes and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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