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Survey Party Chief job in Pasadena

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Organization:  City of Pasadena
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Pasadena
Post Code:  91109
Salary and Benefits:  $72,973.47 - $91,216.32 Annually

The City of Pasadena - Public Works Department is seeking an experienced Survey Party Chief to join the construction division in working on a variety of public works projects. This is an excellent career opportunity to work independently in the field as part of a survey team working on varied projects that benefit the community and preserve the rich history and character of the City. Some of the exciting construction projects include La Loma Bridge, parks, road rehabilitation, and the new Robinson Community Center. To learn more visit http://www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks/Capital_Projects_Division/
The successful candidate will be an experienced surveyor, preferably in possession of a Land Surveyor license issued by the State of California or a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LST) certificate with relevant survey experience, which should be submitted at the time of application. This position requires a high level of precision and accuracy, in addition to safety consciousness. Come join our team!

The following list represents some of the essential job duties. See Class Spec for additional information http://agency.governmentjobs.com/pasadena/default.cfm?action=specbulletin&ClassSpecID=60252&headerfooter=0

  • Assigns, coordinates and supervises the work of the survey party; plans surveys by assigning duties to staff and establishing time schedules.     
  • Reviews final plans to determine the method for each construction project, including locating join lines or project limits, calculating elevation and location of grade stakes and the best method for placing ties to ensure horizontal and vertical controls of the project.     
  • Calculates traverses, angles, curves, and elevations; indexes and cross references field notes and centerline ties for use by staff and the public; sets aerial control points, construction grade stakes and other permanent markers for the use of contractors, City and private surveyors.     
  • Coordinates with engineering staff to gather the relevant survey information needed for specific projects; prepares and provides final field notes to engineering staff for the preparation of plans for capital improvement projects; coordinates construction projects with inspection staff in order to accommodate required survey operations.     
  • Designs small projects in the field for alignment and elevation such as wheelchair ramps, curb and gutter, subgrade and finished pavement grades; provides field engineering during construction projects when situations prevent the use of plans as designed.     
  • If licensed, supervises, evaluates and reviews the work of consultant survey companies; assists private surveyors with problems encountered while working within the City by providing information, advice and field notes; directs the placement of monuments and benchmarks.     
  • Develops and establishes work methods and standards; directs and/or conducts staff training and development; reviews and evaluates employee performance; recommends disciplinary action.

The following list represents some of the core competencies. See class spec for further  information  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/pasadena/default.cfm?action=specbulletin&ClassSpecID=60252&headerfooter=0
Core Competencies:

  • Fundamental surveying principles and practices
  • Methods of precise survey measuring
  • Use, care, maintenance and adjustment of surveying instruments including transit, level and total station
  • Use of conventional and state of the art mapping and drafting techniques
  • Mathematics and procedures used in plane an geodetic surveying
  • Standard and specific computer applications necessary for the job, including AutoCad/GIS
  • Code of Safe Surveying Practices
  • Land title search
  • If licensed: principles and practices of boundary determination; monumentation of facilities or coordinating such work.
  • Focused and task orientated, as work is primarily performed in an independent manner.
  • Customer service oriented to meet the surveying needs of the City, including other departments. 
  • Detail oriented to perform highly technical and precise measurements and reports.
  • Safety conscious in practicing and promoting safe working conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with City staff, contractors, and the general public.
  • Good supervisory skills to promote a highly effective and performing survey team.

Education and Experience Minimum Qualifications

  • High school or equivalent and two years of college courses in the areas of trigonometry, drafting, engineering and advanced mathematics
  • Two years of journey level experience working on a survey party.

Desired Qualifications

  • High school or equivalent and two years of college courses in the areas of trigonometry, drafting, engineering and advanced mathematics.
  • Five years of journey level experience working on a survey party.
  • A land Surveyor's License issued by the State of California OR a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) certificate with relevant survey experience is highly desirable.
Selection Process
The employment process will consist of an evaluation of training and experience and the most highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a written, oral, or performance examination. Probationary test period is one year.
As a result of the selection process, an eligible list of candidates will be established which will be used to fill this vacancy and other similar vacancies that may occur in future. There is currently one full-time position in the Public Works Department.

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