Santa Clara Valley Water District SENIOR SURVEYOR in San Jose, California

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Closing Date/Time:

Mon. 11/20/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time


$7,162.13 - $9,172.80 Monthly

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5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California

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Supplemental Questions

Do you have experience performing a variety of technical work in support of property, construction, topographic, photogrammetric, and hydrographic survey activities? Are you great at creating, preparing, and modifying electronic or computerized data in the performance of survey activities? If so, this job could be for you!

Unit: Land Surveying and Mapping

Division: Watersheds Design and Construction

Position Code: 0895

Salary: Based on a seven-step salary plan. Pre-tax payroll deductions toward CalPERS contributions are required of all employees.

NOTE: Normal business hours are Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm. The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers a variety of work schedules suited to accommodate the business needs of the organization. The Land Surveying and Mapping Unit currently has a 9-80 work schedule with every other Friday off. For more information on the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Flexible Work Schedule Program visit

The supplemental questions should be answered thoroughly, clearly and concisely as the responses provided (along with the entire application package) will be carefully reviewed to determine which candidates will move forward in the recruitment process.


The Senior Surveyor will assist the field crews by preparing their project folders, providing control points, maps and other supporting data. They will also post processing survey data and data analysis and will be responsible for processing survey control data for complex projects and developing and updating survey procedures and standards.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist land surveyors, engineers, and geologists as needed regarding survey and mapping data

  • Process raw survey data into a variety of requestor specified formats, including maps, charts, HEC (Hydrologic Engineering Center)-2, and ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) documents.

  • Coordinating survey requests with District staff

  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned

Ideal candidate's background includes:

Ideal Experience:

  • 2+ years (4 years preferred) of experience in the surveying field; both with a field crew and processing work in the office.

  • Experience in QA/AC and ensuring procedures, standards and regulation.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Expert in basic principles and practices of land surveying, boundary determination, land title research, and land title law, computer aid drafting methods and techniques, mathematical calculations including geometry and trigonometry and proficient with a variety of computer hardware and software applications.

  • Four-year Bachelor college degree in a science based curriculum is preferred

  • Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certificate from the State of California is desirable.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in computer aid drafting, determine land boundaries and titles.

  • Able to make accurate calculations and reductions of field survey notes, read and interpret maps drawings, plans and sketches, organize.

  • Ability to prioritize work and make sound independent judgments.

  • Ability to prepare technical reports and charts as delivery products for the customer.

  • Ability to collaborate with internal staff and external customers and contractors

  • Proficient in a wide range of computer programs which may include: MS Office Suite, CADD (Civil3D, Carlson, Micro Survey, or other drafting package), processing/adjustment software (Trimble Business Center, StarNet, etc.), and various databases (Access, Oracle).

Typical Qualifications:


Two years of responsible technical experience in surveying, drafting or engineering support.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level mathematical course work including trigonometry.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a Land Surveyor in Training certificate from the State of California desirable.

Special Requirement:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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Selection Process:

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated for minimum qualifications. Resumes are recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. The District retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

The District's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.