City of Tacoma & Tacoma Public Utilities - Chief Surveyor

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City of Tacoma & Tacoma Public Utilities - Chief Surveyor

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Are you a highly motivated, analytical and strategic thinker, who is skilled at prioritizing competing projects? Do you have a passion for outstanding customer service? Will you bring with you a demonstrated skill set in field survey work, combined with knowledge of Local, State and Federal regulations, codes and land use actions?

If you find this description appealing, the City of Tacoma wishes to invite you to apply and participate in the selection process to join our team as a Chief Surveyor.

Position Description:

The Chief Surveyor provides professional land surveying direction in the documentation, preparation, coordination, evaluation and analysis of dam safety instrumentation monitoring, land boundary locations and property rights issues. Their responsibility includes the supervision, training and evaluation of personnel within the survey group.

Essential Duties:
  • Coordinate and evaluate dam safety instrumentation readings per Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) schedule requirements
    Coordinate, plan and direct the activities of survey crew(s) involved in all types of surveys for city projects.
    Prepare or review records of survey, boundary line adjustment surveys, subdivision surveys, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) project boundary drawings, land corner records, D.N.R. monument removal permits, right-of-way permits and aquatic land permits
    Maintain horizontal and vertical survey control networks.
    Prioritize and coordinate work schedules between field and office personnel; receive survey assignments; compile and review surveying data and information to assure efficient and timely completion of projects.
    Review proposed and existing statutes, ordinances, common laws and water rights related to land surveying.
    Provide technical assistance to subordinates as necessary; review field notes and computations; instruct and advise crews concerning difficult projects; verify vertical and horizontal control right of way and property boundary lines
    Determine and prepare cost estimates for survey and construction projects; prepare estimates for other departments as requested; forecast long range survey costs.
    Communicate with various internal and external customers, outside organizations and agencies and the general public to coordinate work and to provide and receive information and services related to survey work activities.
    Supervise, train and evaluate personnel; recommend promotions; assign and review the work of assigned staff.
    Assist in the preparation of the budget and technical education programs.
    Draft or review surveys, legal descriptions and exhibits for easements, deeds, permits, agreements, and court documents.
    Coordinate the collection, plotting, and verification of horizontal and vertical movement of dam instrumentation as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
    Maintain a variety of files, records and reports related to personnel and survey work activities; assist in research and provide copies of current and historical survey records in a timely manner for public disclosure requests
    Perform related incidental duties as assigned.
    Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
    Position may be required to navigate and cover considerable distances including steep and uneven terrain.
    Working in confined spaces on top of tall structures and on water bodies from a boat
    Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site.
Graduation from high school or equivalent or vocational school preferably supplemented by engineering-related college-level courses
Five years' increasingly responsible experience in field survey work including two years in a supervisory capacity directing the operation of a survey crew(s)


Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter.
Current Professional Land Surveyor's license at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter.

Salary Range: $97,219.20 - $118,144.00 Annually

Knowledge & Skills
City Surveying Practices:
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to surveying
    State and local requirements in making various types of surveys
    Information sources concerning previous land surveys
    Principles, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering
    Operation of a personal computer and related software
    Record-keeping techniques
    Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
    Health and safety regulations
    Principles and practices of supervision and training
    Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
    Technical aspects of field of specialty
    Basic research methods
    City organization, operations, policies and objectives
    Direct the activities of survey crew members
    Develop effective training programs
    Oversee, train and evaluate the work of others
    Assign and review the work of others
    Prepare clear and accurate reports, budgets and schedules
    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
    Operate motor vehicles
    Meet schedules and time lines
    Work independently with little direction
    Plan and organize work
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is one of the nation's healthiest, safest, and most playful cities. We have daily access to stunning natural surroundings and a great quality of life. We are Washington's most diverse big city, with arts, culture, parks, and recreational opportunities that are envied by much larger cities. We recognize how lucky we are, but we know we can make it even better....TOGETHER!

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability.
Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the selection process, and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.


Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DDForm 214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional licenses and related experience.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have Supplemental Questions #11-16 evaluated and scored by subject matter experts as the Experience and Training Test for this recruitment. The Supplemental Questionnaire responses will be evaluated on the basis of information provided; the evaluation committee will not have access to the application form or any attachments provided by the candidate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to give accurate and honest responses. Providing false information will result in disqualification. Per Tacoma Municipal Code 1.24, applicants much achieve a minimum passing score of 70% on the Experience and Training Test in order to be placed on the Eligible List for hiring consideration for this position.

The City of Tacoma is a Drug Free Workplace per Personnel Rule #170; appointment is subject to passing a background check and a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
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