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Pay Range GC21


This classification performs professional land surveying duties in planning, organizing, coordinating, and supervising surveys performed by support staff; review professional surveyor's maps for compliance and approval; establish and monitor policy and procedures; assumes responsibility in the absence of the County Surveyor.


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

1. Review surveys performed by private land surveyors filed with Surveyor's Office; determine all surveys are in compliance with regulatory controls.

2. Participate in program management/coordination of department; preparation of budget; establish and monitor policy and procedure. Assume responsibility in absence of the Surveyor.

3. Supervise survey operations and support staff, and is involved in selecting, training and evaluating staff; plan and coordinate work schedules; review survey technician's technical reports; interpret policy and procedure.

4. Research and re-establish original government corners; research history, investigate original evidence, research survey records and field measurements, determine original corner position.

5. Oversee subdivision plat and land partition program. Review paperwork; determine conformance to regulatory controls.

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

7. Perform field work in checking subdivision monuments and auditing field surveys.


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; considerable knowledge of management to develop and coordinate survey program. Skill in: Interpretation of rules of evidence and their application to property and to write property descriptions, survey recommendation and technical reports. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedure, establish new policy when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, train and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, public agencies, private land surveyors, attorneys, property owners and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in engineering with major coursework in land surveying or a related field and four years work related experience which includes one year supervisory/management experience OR any satisfactory combination of coursework, experience and training which provides the required knowledge and skills necessary for the position. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon registration as a professional Land Surveyor and 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 guidance of the surveyor. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedure; federal, state, county and city ordinances rules and regulations; personnel rules; survey standards, manuals, and reference materials; mathematical textbooks; equipment manuals. The incumbent uses seasoned judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adoptions to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and field and may require bending, hearing voice conversation, 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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