Salary: $4,842.00 – $8,216.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 9/11/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Capital and Asset Management Program – Land Survey Team
Selected candidates will be hired into either The Land Surveyor 2 or 3 level based on qualifications – this recruitment does not offer an in-training option

Depending on which level you are hired at, your monthly salary will be as follows:

Land Surveyor 2 – $4,842 – $6,510
 Land Surveyor 3 – $6,260 – $8,216

The Capital and Asset Managements Program mission is to serve the Department by delivering technical and professional surveying service in topographic, boundary, and construction surveys. The Land Surveyor 3 position is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, this position provides on-site supervision of survey project field activities; professional level analysis of land corner and property boundary evidence; prepare maps and accurate records thereof; research State, County, and Local Agencies; ensure compliance with the minimum standards of measurement accuracy as prescribes in Washington Administrative Code, Chapter 332-130.  

With that in mind, 
Picture yourself, performing survey field work within diverse agency lands throughout the State. Prepare and draft survey data for final maps.

In this dynamic role, you will be utilizing technical and analysis skills for planning and processing survey field data. Professionally conduct yourself among the general public and agency colleagues.    

With your experience, oversee projects and assignments to completion in a thorough and timely way.

The optimal applicants can facilitate the development of shared mission, vision, and key values and use those principles to guide actions.

Depending on qualifications, expectations of the position’s duties and level of supervision may vary.

Our Land Survey Team member will, 

Provide on-site supervision of survey project field activities: 

  • Establish survey control networks utilizing both conventional and Global Positioning System equipment.
  • Locate all necessary survey monuments and/or topographic features related to specific project.
  • Perform professional level analysis of land corner and property boundary evidence.
  • Ensure field survey measurements meet or exceed the minimum standards for measurement accuracy.

Prepare and certify survey maps: 

  • Process and analyze field survey data.
  • Prepare, stamp, sign, and file record of survey maps with the County auditor’s office. 
  • Prepare topographic maps.

Lead and mentor staff:

  • Sets goals and objectives, develops strategies to implement, and develops performance measurements and standards for the purpose of ensuring individual and program performance objectives are met.
  • Monitors and inspects work in progress to ensure continuity and timely completion of work.
  • Develops and implements staff training and development plans to provide cross training of employees, specific job-related training and other approaches to provide opportunities for staff flexibility and development.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Field work requires working in all weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow. Work happens in rough terrain, along riverbanks, and on slippery slopes. 
    • While trekking up and down steep terrain, you will need to carry up to 80 pounds (backpacks, tripods, and hand tools). 
    • There is a potential to encounter stinging plants, wildlife, and insects. Some work weeks could consist of up to 4 consecutive nights out of town. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
    • While working in the office setting you may experience long periods of sitting or standing looking into a computer monitor. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in government office environments.
  • Schedule:
    • Duties are typically performed in the field, 10 hours per day, Monday through Thursday. However, more working hours are anticipated during construction season May-August.
    • Opportunities for remote working while doing office tasks.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Up to 80% Travel/Field. 
    • Frequent travel to work sites requiring consecutive overnight stays.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Computer hardware and software; cell phone; laptop computer; conventional and GPS survey equipment, inflatable boat, depth sounder, and motor vehicles.
  • Customer Interactions:
  1. Less frequent on remote sites, otherwise frequent encounters with General public, Fish hatchery staff, and Wildlife management staff.


To Qualify at the Land Surveyor 2 level:

Four years of college work with major emphasis in engineering, forestry, or other curriculum which contained courses in land surveying may be substituted for two years of general land survey experience.


Certification as a registered Land-Surveyor-In-Training.


Equivalent education/experience.

  • Survey work experience includes the following areas: Operation of conventional and GPS survey equipment. GLO retracement, original corner recovery, construction staking, topographic surveys.
  • Taking the lead of a survey field crew. Guiding and directly subordinates to accomplish tasks.
  • Solid understanding of the fundamentals of land surveying including: the rectangular system of surveys, geometry and trigonometry, the methods used to describe land in deeds, rights of way and easements, the common sources of existing survey corner information and problems relating to the location of boundaries in relationship to water.
  • Ability to read Record of surveys, GLO notes, legal descriptions, engineering plans, aerial and USGS Quad maps. Ability to write neat and accurate field notes and sketches.

To qualify at the Land Surveyor 3 level: 

  • Possession of a valid Professional Land Surveyor license in the state of Washington. 
  • Proficient in the use of a wide variety of survey related equipment including, but not limited to Total Station, RTK GPS, robotic instrument, and associated related data collectors.

For both levels:


  • Valid driver’s license


  • Experience with common computer software, e.g. Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams.
  • Supervisory skills appropriate for a lead worker position.
  • LSIT (Land Surveyor in Training)
  • Fundamental understanding of drafting standards, familiarization, and use of AutoCAD.

Application Information

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 

For more information and to apply:

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