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The classifications within this three-level series perform a variety of survey support tasks both in the office and field to provide technical assistance to professional surveyors, developers, contractors, the public and other county departments. The duties range from routine record assistance to field survey equipment operation.

This classification is entry-level within this survey technician series, and is distinguished by performing routine survey reviews, recordkeeping, research and assistance to the public in accordance with well-defined policies, procedures and guidelines.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Research survey records for county departments, private surveyors and the public; provide requested material.

2. Provide blueprint and photocopies for public and private individuals; collect appropriate fee.

3. Maintain department recordkeeping and filing systems, including drafting, plotting, filing and indexing, repairing damaged documents, and computing survey quantities (distances, directions and areas); maintain and update assessor maps.

4. Enter corner information into automated system.

5. Assist survey technicians with field surveys and office duties as needed.

6. Review and analyze surveys, plots, reports for compliance with department standards, state and county regulations and ordinances.


Knowledge of: Basic knowledge of recordkeeping methods appropriate to survey records; basic knowledge of algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry. Skill in: Use of modern office equipment which includes automated equipment and systems and survey hand tools; performing basic survey computations; establishing and maintaining recordkeeping systems. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; interpret and comply with written and oral instructions; adjust to priority changes and manage time efficiently; perform basic drafting; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, surveyors and the public.

Education, experience and training: One year land surveying coursework, experience or training OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training. At the time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification works with supervision from the survey support supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; survey manuals; recordkeeping systems reference materials. The employee uses some judgment in interpreting guidelines; supervisor is readily available.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and field and may require bending, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, operating blueprinting and survey equipment, pushing, stooping and walking rough terrain. 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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