Surveyor (Chief of Party) - Tacoma, WA

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Surveyor (Chief of Party) - Tacoma, WA

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The City of Tacoma is establishing a Surveyor (Chief of Party) list that will be used to fill vacancies for one year.

Salary: $34.52 - $41.96 Hourly

This position provides support of Design and Dam Safety Engineers, Construction Inspectors and Internal Customers within the City of Tacoma. We are looking for a highly skilled technician who has knowledge of professional survey practices and procedures, who can plan, organize, oversee, monitor and participate in the daily fieldwork of a survey field crew.

Our ideal candidate will be proficient in the operation and maintenance of electronic survey instrumentation data collection systems and processes, dam safety instrumentation, be able to perform complex survey computations (using various software). The successful candidate will have experience in horizontal and vertical control networks, boundary control, topographical surveys and construction staking as well as the ability to interact professionally with fellow employees, contractors and the public

Key Activities:
Survey independently with Robotic Total Station and GNSS equipment.
Perform scheduled dam safety instrumentation readings at Tacoma Power's seven (7) hydroelectric project sites.
Construction staking to identify design features "on the ground" as well as potential conflicts; boundary surveying.
Data collection of existing topographic features to aid in base map generation (for design by others).
Perform research for survey project, boundary, control and other legal records, including utility as-builts.
Prepare sketches, photos and other media as required.
Work in CAD, Excel, Word and Outlook as required.
Calibrate and maintain surveying equipment (Robotic Total Station, Digital Level, GPS receivers, Data Collectors, Tribachs, Prism Poles Etc…)
Perform general vehicle maintenance (Check fluids, tire pressures, lights, and cleaning).
Essential Duties:
Plan, organize and supervise the field work of a survey crew.
Perform complex survey calculations and plat checks.
Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to surveying and personnel activities.
Restore lost or destroyed monuments to their correct positions.
Assist in the training of assigned personnel; assure the safety of the survey crew; monitor work in progress and time spent on assignments; provide work direction and technical assistance as needed.
Evaluate personnel; recommend promotions, reassignments, disciplinary actions and terminations as appropriate.
Contact or communicate with various internal and external customers and the general public to coordinate work activities and provide or receive information.
Set, adjust and operate dam safety instrumentation, levels, theodolites, total stations, data recorders, data recording units, GPS receivers and other surveying instruments to establish angles and elevations for construction, design, control and property surveying.
Maintain notes, sketches and records of work performed or data secured; develop sketches or hand copies as required.
Clear brush, weeds and other obstacles from line of sight using machetes or chainsaws.
Set traffic cones, signs, and flag traffic to safely redirect traffic.
Perform minor repairs to assigned equipment to maintain in proper working order.
Work safely and cooperatively with coworkers and the public.
Operate a personal computer.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Position requires lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds, climbing and digging.

Work includes an indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site. An employee in this position is subject to working in high winds, rain, and around potentially hazardous construction sites, busy traffic, construction equipment, fumes and noise.
Graduation from high school supplemented by course work in engineering or mathematics


Five years' increasingly responsible experience in the area of field survey


Three years' full-time experience in the operation of survey instruments (two years of college education in survey or engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience)

Valid Washington Driver's License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) and/or LSIT certifications.
Knowledge & Skills
City and Utilities service and hydroelectric project areas, locations and sources of information concerning previous City and private surveys.
Field survey methods, techniques and practices.
Advanced math, trigonometry and geometry as related to survey computations for calculating angles, bearings, areas, distances and traverses.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy when dealing with the public and crew members.
City organization, operations, policies and objectives.
Oral and written communication skills.
Health and safety regulations.
Principles and practices of supervision, discipline and training.
Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Record-keeping techniques including field books.
Proper method of storing equipment, materials and supplies.
Analyze, plan, oversee, organize and participate in the field work of a survey crew adopting an effective course of action.
Read and understand complex field notes, construction plans and hard copies.
Interpret legal descriptions.
Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.
Follow established procedures in the performance of a variety of survey calculations requiring careful execution.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Perform tasks efficiently from oral or written direction.
Work independently with little direction.
Meet schedules and timelines.
Provide technical instruction and work direction to others.
Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Operate a variety of conventional survey tools and dam monitoring instruments.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Adapt to new technology.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt. 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.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

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Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire scored by a committee of subject matter experts. Candidates who obtain a passing score will be ranked on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check, pre-employment medical exam, physical ability test and drug and alcohol screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local Union 17 PTE. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

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If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

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