Salary: $55,872.00 – $75,120.00 Annually
Location: Stevens County – Colville, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number: 2023-4-5516-05003
Closing: 4/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

If you want a career in the great outdoors that combines history, modern technology, and adventure, here is a chance to have just that! The Northeast Region of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Land Surveyor 2 position available, that just might be the job for you. This is a lead position that is part of a two person crew working under the direction of the Region Surveyor, responsible for providing land boundary and topographic mapping for the DNR in some of the top working forests and recreation sites in the State. Field work accounts for the majority of the duties and involves the use of state of the art survey grade Global Positioning System equipment, semi-robotic total station and field data collection software for corner reconnaissance, searching for U.S. General Land Office (GLO) original evidence and evidence of privately established corner monuments, traversing, corner setting, mapping, and posting boundary lines.

Field Tasks include:  Coordinate and perform daily survey crew activities, plan and execute RTK and total station control and mapping surveys, locate and post boundaries, topographic features, rights of ways, utilities, and site surveys. Safely utilize survey equipment, trucks, ATV’s, snowmobiles, chainsaws and small tools. Supervise survey crew in the field on proper procedures, use of survey equipment and efficient coordination of surveys. Make field calculations to determine the direction of the survey.

Office Tasks include: Reduce field notes and verify data collection files. Research survey and title records and organize project job files. Perform calculations and preliminary map drafting using a computer. Assist the Region Surveyor in checking the final survey map. Maintain or supervise the maintenance of the field survey equipment. Compose land corner notes for inclusion on a record of survey.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Four years of experience performing land survey work, including two years as a skilled land survey technician at Engineering Aide 3 or equivalent. Two years of college work with a major emphasis in surveying/geomatics, forestry, engineering or other curriculum that contained courses in boundary and topographic surveying may be substituted for two years’ experience.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Land surveying and mapping principles, procedures and practices
    • Basic statutes and other laws pertaining to locating, defining, and establishing corners, lines and boundaries of land.
  • Experience using computer programs such as; Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrates good verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills by having the ability to resolve conflicts, write effectively, and communicate with diverse groups both internal and external.
  • Promote cooperation within the work unit, recognizes and encourages the behaviors that contribute to team work.
  • Ability to:
    • Plan and execute complex and high precision surveying projects
    • Assume any crew function as needed
    • Effectively devise a daily work plan while supervising one or more crew personnel
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • The large majority of work is usually performed with at least one other person in forested, mountainous terrain. Incumbent must be able to perform the duties of surveying in inclement weather conditions ranging from frigid temperatures with considerable snow to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees while traversing rough terrain and packing delicate instruments. Ability to lift up to 75 pounds in order to pack necessary survey equipment (tripods, total station, gps equipment, brushing tools, etc.), or lift stuck snowmobiles and ATV’s.
  • May require 2 or more hours of travel per day from the Northeast Region office to the job site. When working outside the Colville area, incumbent must be able to travel frequently and stay out of town during the normal work week. The employee is eligible for per-diem for meals and lodging costs when in travel status, except when otherwise provided.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent and no start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and experience using AutoCAD with land survey extensions such as Carlson Survey.
  • Experience analyzing land and title records.
  • Knowledge and experience using ESRI GIS software.
  • Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certification.
  • GLO retracement and restoration experience.
  • Real time kinematic experience.
  • State plane coordinate systems.

Application Requirements

  • To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

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Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service! The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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