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The classifications within this series perform a variety of survey support tasks in the office and the 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 advanced-level within the survey technician series, and is distinguished by combined responsibilities for journey-level technical duties in support of field surveying for establishment of reference points and measurement or determination of distances, areas, and/or land boundaries; reviewing surveys, plats, and land partitions for regulatory conformance; maintaining department records; assisting the public in survey researching; IN ADDITION TO a specialized responsibility, such as computer operations in the County Surveyor's office. This classification may lead lower-level technicians.


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

1. Install, test, adapt, operate, and maintain computer hardware, software and peripherals; maintain backups of software and data; develop specialized programs for office and field applications; train and support survey office staff in computer operation, technical research and report preparation.

2. Prepare survey data for computer input and perform survey computations; liaison with other departments and agencies regarding the survey database; review and maintain survey control data and monument recovery information, including indexing, filing and distribution.

3. Research and establish survey corners; coordinate access with property owners; research records and evaluate aerial photographs; locate and document corners.

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

5. Review and analyze surveys, plats and reports for compliance to department standards, state regulations and county ordinances.

6. Research survey records for county departments, private land surveyors, and the public in providing, exchanging and clarifying information.


Knowledge of: Reasonable knowledge of mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; reasonable knowledge of surveying principles and practices; reasonable knowledge of federal and state laws and local ordinances pertaining to surveys; considerable knowledge of computers, peripherals, operating systems and applications software. Skill in: Operating field and office equipment; obtaining accurate measurements; data management and report development. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct research; perform accurate mathematical computations; install, test, operate, adapt and maintain computer hardware and software systems; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; adjust to priority changes and manage time efficiently; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, private land surveyors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Associate's degree in land surveying or related field and one year survey and/or computer operations experience OR two years land surveying experience, technical engineering experience and one year computer operations coursework, training or experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the general direction of 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 department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; survey standards, manuals, and reference materials; mathematic reference material; computer hardware and software documentation; equipment manuals. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and choosing appropriate guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and field and may require bending, kneeling, lifting up to 90 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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