Survey Technician III - City of Tacoma

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Survey Technician III - City of Tacoma

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The City of Tacoma's Public Works Department is recruiting for the Survey Technician III position.

A Survey Technician III performs technical, semi-professional work as an instrument operator on a survey crew. An employee in this classification is responsible for setting up, adjusting and operating a total station, levels, data collectors, Auto-CAD for survey applications, G.P.S. receivers, multi stations, and other surveying instruments to secure data pertaining to angles and elevations for construction, map making or other purposes.

Staff in the Survey Technician III position provide field survey support for the capital improvement projects of the City's Transportation, Wastewater and Surface Water. (Approximate average annual Capital Improvement budget of $30 million).

Tacoma's Public Works Department provides a unique opportunity for survey technicians to work on a wide variety of complex capital improvement projects as they progress through their careers. Projects can cover the full spectrum of typical municipal infrastructure improvements associated with Transportation, Wastewater and Surface Water and involve partnerships between the City's Public Works and Environmental Services Departments as well as with Tacoma Public Utilities.

Survey Technicians in Public Works work on projects related to the following areas:
Citywide Horizontal and Vertical Control Monumentation Networks
Collection System Projects – Projects that focus on the municipal wastewater and surface water collection system capital improvements and associated roadway.
ADA improvements as well as state of the art green infrastructure (GIS/LID) and innovative surface water management components.
Municipal Transportation Projects - Roads, streets, alleys, bridges and both pedestrian and bicycle trails, not limited to Streets Initiative projects, arterial street improvements, Local Improvement Districts, and Corridor Improvements
This posting will be used to create a Civil Service Eligible list that which will be valid for a period of one year. The Public Works Department will use this list to fill Survey Technician III vacancies during the life of the list.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
This job is in an outdoor environment subject to adverse weather conditions. This position requires standing for long periods of time and walking over uneven ground. The position requires lifting heavy objects, climbing and digging. An employee in this position is subject to working in high winds, rains and around potentially hazardous construction sites, heavy traffic, heavy equipment, fumes and noise.

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.
An equivalent combination to:
Graduation from high school supplemented by course work in trigonometry, geometry and/or engineering


Three (3) years of experience in field survey work, including two (2) years of experience in the operation of survey instruments.

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

Knowledge & Skills

City organization, operations, policies and objectives
Methods, tools, equipment and materials used in survey work
Field survey techniques and practices
Intermediate trigonometry and geometry
Proper method of storing equipment, materials and supplies
Applicable laws, codes regulations, policies and procedures
Health safety regulations
Record-keeping techniques including field books
Specialized equipment used in field survey work, including operation of computer software

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Read and understand field notes, construction plans and hard copies
Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches
Operate a variety of survey instruments and equipment
Follow established procedures in the performance of a variety of survey calculations requiring careful execution
Perform tasks efficiently from oral and written direction
Report to and take direction from the Crew Chief and from Chief Surveyor
Perform manual labor
Operate a variety of tools and equipment including level rod, tapes, plumb bob and engineering chains
Proper lifting techniques
Safely operate a motor vehicle
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
Meet schedules and timelines
Work independently with little direction
Provide technical assistance and work direction to others
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
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To be considered for this career opportunity:
Please apply online through the City of Tacoma's website. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

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

Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the Supplemental Questions # 15 and 16 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. DO NOT respond with "see resume" in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.

Applicants who pass the test will be placed on an Eligible List for potential interview and hiring consideration.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, and will include a pre-employment medical exam, physical ability test, and a drug and alcohol screen.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between The City of Tacoma and the Local 17 PTE. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.


The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
Personal time off.
Paid holidays.
A great pension plan.

The City of Tacoma
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the third largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, and our schools are exceptional.

The City of Tacoma supports a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails 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 email folders.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please call Human Resources at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

City of Tacoma
Human Resources Department
747 Market Street
Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

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