Surveyor City of Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA 50317

Title Surveyor
Date 01 June 2020
Company City of Des Moines, IA
City Des Moines, IA 50317

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Full Description :

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under direction, to supervise a survey crew engaged in making a variety of field engineering surveys and to do related work as required. The principal function of an employee in this job classification is to conduct a variety of semi-professional surveying task, including crew chief, operation of survey equipment, perform calculating and prepare survey documents.
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PLEASE NOTE: Recruitment for and the projected timeline for filling this vacancy is not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This position is part of an operation that must be performed regardless of circumstances.

Acceptable Experience and Training
  • Graduation from high school, or possession of a GED; AND
  • Four years of experience in field survey work. OR
  • An equivalent combination in which each two years of additional experience may be substituted for one year of education, or one year of additional technical education may be substituted for one year of experience.
NOTE: If substituting education for experience, transcripts need to be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department; electronically to humanresources[at], by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline date.
Required Special Qualifications
  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen; and
  • Possess a valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
    • If possess an out-of-state Driver's License, submittal of driving records is required. Please submit to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department; electronically to humanresources[at], by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline date.
Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
  • Make field survey crew assignments;
  • Operates various survey instruments and recorders, to determine lines, angles, distances, elevations, etc and instructs other crew members in their operation;
  • Instructs subordinates on important details of assignment, plus check field notes and computations submitted by party members for completeness and accuracy;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Ability to operate wide variety of current survey equipment, such as levels, total stations, GPS's and other instrumentation as technology changes;
  • Performs simple engineering and surveying drafting duties as directed;
  • Keep proper field notes showing distances, angles, benchmarks, etc; checks work for completeness and accuracy;
  • Make sketches of surveys, keep survey records, and train subordinates on how to do the same;
  • Perform and assign routine manual work including clearing the line of sight, locating monuments and setting stakes and hubs;.
  • Performs land surveys and performs surveying duties associated with civic construction projects;
  • Researches property records at the County and City to help determine land property boundaries;
  • Interprets various legal documents on land ownership and incorporates findings into property descriptions;
  • Enters survey instrument data into appropriate computer software, checks and edits, before sending job to project manager.

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