Licensed Land Surveyor

County of Sacramento
Full Time 40 per week $107,820 - $141,470 Per year CA Sacramento County Public Works, Fleet Services Division, 4001 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States Apply before 5/9/2024 11:59


With supervisor approval, incumbents may be eligible for intermittent remote work; however, they must physically reside within the Sacramento region or have the ability to regularly report to a City of Sacramento physical worksite with little notice.

This position is within the Development Engineering section of the Engineering Services Division, within the Department of Public Works.  This position serves as the subject matter expert related to the subdivision map act and mapping process. This position also manages technical staff responsible for reviewing mapping related applications submitted by developers and surveyors.


The ideal candidate has both field experience in leading a survey crew and experience in developing and processing final maps, parcel maps, lot line adjustments, lot mergers, and other related mapping applications submitted to a government agency for review and approval.  The ideal candidate should thrive in a fast-paced environment and have the confidence to make decisions with limited information based on experience and methodical critical thinking.  The ideal candidate holds themselves accountable for meeting deadlines, fiscally managing projects responsibly, is solution oriented, and adept with changing priorities.  The ideal candidate should also enjoy teaching and mentoring technical staff.


Under general direction, the Licensed Land Surveyor performs responsible professional, supervisory work directing the operations and functions of the City’s Mapping Section; oversees the review and processing of all private and public development activity within the City for conformance of master, parcel, and final maps, lot line adjustment/lot mergers, acquisitions, dedication of easements, rights-of-way and parcels; resolves difficult survey issues; and certifies final subdivision maps and related documents.


This is a single class position. The Licensed Land Surveyor performs technical survey work and supervises the Mapping Section. Work is technically complex and impacts private and public development activities within the City. Duties include extensive involvement with private developers and other City agencies to ensure compliance and to expedite processing. This classification differs from engineering classes in that it is the sole licensed professional in the survey field and performs both supervisory and oversight work as well as responsible professional technical work.


General direction is provided by a higher level manager or division head. Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Depending upon the assignments, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Organizes, supervises, and reviews the work of professional and technical staff engaged in the review and processing of private and public development activity within the city for conformance of master, parcel and final maps, lot line adjustment/lot mergers, acquisitions, dedication of easements, rights-of-way and parcels; reviews City abandonment council reports for technical accuracy and legal conformance.
- Develops and implements policy and procedures for technical staff in review, processing, coordination, and approval of map check and certificates of compliance for public and private development; provides technical advice to subordinate personnel in solving difficult assignments.
- Directs the processing of subdivision maps and maps of surveys for filing as required by the Subdivision Map Act and Land Surveyor’s Act, and local ordinances; initiates and presents all subdivision maps for council approval; directs the processing of various projects relative to special districts, annexations, right of ways, and related projects; maintains records and archives of maps, street ties, benchmarks, certificates of compliance, easements, and deeds for public and City staff access.
- Meets with private engineers and land surveyors relative to research on subdivisions, surveys, or relative to problems involving projects; responds to requests for information and complaints related to the City’s mapping process and services; recommends and establishes technical requirements and approves professional service agreements for mapping services on development-related projects.
- Represents the City as the City Surveyor at meetings, hearings, and presentations.
- Other related duties may also be performed.


Knowledge of:

- Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of land surveying pursuant to the Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations including Subdivision Act, Land Surveyor’s Act, and Federal Land Division Requirements.
- Development guidelines.
- Mathematics through trigonometry as applied to land surveying and pertinent standard engineering calculations.
- General principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to land surveying.
- Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering.
- Principles and practices of supervision and administration.
- English language, grammar, and construction of technical and business reports.

Skill in:

- Supervision of personnel.
- Problem solving utilizing limited resources.
- Use of automated engineering and survey aids including computer hardware and software.

Ability to:

- Manage, plan, assign, and supervise the work of a staff.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships within various work groups.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Apply required knowledge to work and resolve technical problems of considerable difficulty.



Three years of experience performancing licensed land survey work, including two years of supervisory experience.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in surveying, civil engineering, or a closely related field may substitute for two years of experience performing licensed land survey work.


Should education be used to qualify for this position, then proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.  

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due at time of appointment. 


Driver’s License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Possession of a valid State of California Certificate of Registration as either 1) a professional engineer if registered prior to 1982; or 2) a Land Surveyor.


Proof of the required certificate and/or license should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointmentUnofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.  


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox. 

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline; 

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted. 

  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified: 

  • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week). 

  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section. 

  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.  

  • Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted online with your application. Proof of education will be required at time of appointment. 

  • Proof of certification and/or license should be submitted online with your application. Proof of certification and/or license will be required at time of appointment. 

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the City of Sacramento Employment Office by the final filing deadline; 

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted. 

  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed. 

  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. 

  • Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee for further advancement in the selection process. 

3. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail) - All applications received by the final filing deadline will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department. 
4. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. 
5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass Live Scan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. 
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