Principal Survey Aide

County of San Diego
$77,916 - $94,369 Per year California USA



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities. 

Principal Survey Aide positions operate optical reading theodolites, electronic total survey stations, survey data collectors, electronic measuring devices, levels, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers, and other precision surveying instruments; determine lines, angles, distances, and elevations; make calculations such as COGO and traverse adjustments using computers and hand-held programmable calculators; review and edit raw survey data stored in data collectors; keep field notes and create drawings; operate hand-held radios to communicate with survey party members and City communications; act as chief of part of a small crew on routine jobs and have responsibility for a large party in the absence of the party chief; train and direct subordinate staff; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25

  • Principal Survey Aide employees with valid State of California registration as a Professional Land Surveyor are eligible for 15% additional pay.

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Three years of full-time experience on a land survey crew.
  2. Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor with a state licensing board.
  3. Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) Certificate issued from a state licensing board.
  • Completion of 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units of land surveying course work may substitute for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience.
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours.OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.   
  • Proficient use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers for Real Time Kinematic (RTK) surveys, programmable hand-held calculators and data collectors, total survey stations, electronic levels, and experience performing calculations for construction surveying, setting, and marking grade stakes.
  • Proficient use of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer applications.
  • Proof of transcripts, registration or certificate, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center:  City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.  Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 35 – July 03, 2023 (Pay Notes Added)