Requisition Number: 2018-115
Job Title: Survey Manager
Required Education: Bachelors
City: Walnut Creek or Santa Rosa
State: CA

Survey Manager

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Description/Job Summary


The Survey Manager plans, directs, oversees and coordinates all aspects of work for survey parties and related staff.  Position requires thorough knowledge of Land Surveying and Civil Engineering terminology and procedures related to Land Surveying. Position acts as first line supervisor for all survey crew staff.


  • Perform project research, logistics and management, review plats and prepare legal descriptions
  • Schedule survey projects
  • Full technical responsibility of interpreting organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments
  • Manages staff and assigns personnel to survey crews on a daily basis
  • Directs and gives instruction to survey crews on each assignment, suggesting efficient approaches
  • Responsible for debriefing Survey Party Chief on daily operations on a regular basis
  • Perform duties of a Survey Party Chief when required
  • Provide miscellaneous computing as needed to complete the sheets for stake-outs, etc.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment needed by survey crews
  • Participate in staff administration by reviewing survey crew performance and making recommendations to management
  • Establishes controls for property lines and make the appropriate decisions regarding how to proceed with the survey
  • Gather all necessary information needed by field crews and information needed to properly conduct the survey in the most time efficient manner and assign tasks to crew members
  • Consult with clients, contractors, field personnel, engineering and planning staff on survey matters
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Back check submitted information from survey crews to be sure all required information is included and complete and scanned to the job files.
  • Mentor field staff with technical and office skill development

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Registered Professional Land Surveyor
  • Make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important impact on professional activities
  • Individual will have demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature professional judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented complex problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse professional activities.
  • Bachelors’ degree in Survey, Geomatics or related field preferred but not required
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years’ survey experience, including 5 years’ experience as a Survey Party Chief
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of Natural Gas pipeline construction surveys, Well Plat surveys for well permit applications, ALTA Land Title Surveys, topographic surveys, boundary surveys, residential and commercial construction stakeout procedures and practices.
  • Must be willing to work in the field as needed and perform a variety of complex computations for traverse, record plats, boundary surveys, construction stake-outs, horizontal and vertical control, post processing, process and resolve field data.
  • Thorough knowledge of total station and data collection, with the ability to adapt to new equipment and technologies
  • 5 years of progressively advancing CAD skills
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight on jobs at times
  • Ability to work outside in all seasons
  • Valid driver’s license required; must be able to meet company insurability requirements
  • Must have clear and concise speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability to teach party chiefs and survey techs in proper techniques and procedures for various types of Land Surveying.
  • Must be organized and understand the sequence of events related to construction and Land Surveying requirements to fulfill the Contractors needs and the PLS requirements for mapping of property lines and topographic work.
  • Trimble TBC, AutoCad and COGO capabilities to assist the survey crews with emergency situations is preferred.


Ability to deal effectively and reasonably with stress in the workplace without lost time or undue strain. Frequently required to sit, walk and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Employee may be asked to walk on uneven surfaces, lift and carry heavy loads; use brush cutting equipment, drive a four-wheeler or snowmobile, climb stairs.  Must be physically able to work long hours and carry heavy loads, including:  lift and carry up to 50 pounds; hike up and down steep slopes carrying up to 50 pounds of survey equipment; bend, squat, dig monument holes, pound in stakes and rebar monuments; carry and use Pionjar breaker Hammer Drill / weighing up to 70 pounds, use brush cutting equipment, drive a four-wheeler or snowmachine, ride in a boat, airplane or helicopter, climb stairs, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds frequently as needed. Must be able to work in inclement weather in remote environments. 


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We are an equal opportunity employer and we abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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