Tuesday, November 12, 2019

County Surveyor

Recruitment #19-2157-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Search Services are provided by CPS HR Consulting



The County of Alameda is seeking candidates to fill its top survey position, the County Surveyor.  This critical position offers an exceptional opportunity to lead and develop the County’s survey team, both office and field, while providing critical data and key decisions that impact the County’s day-to-day land transactions as well as large Capital Improvement Projects.  This position will enable the incumbent to work in a progressive and forward-looking agency that fully utilizes technology to establish an accurate and efficient system that is responsive to the surveying community’s needs; as well as, tackle the challenging demand for ongoing boundary determination and map review.  Finally, the County Surveyor will enjoy working in a fiscally strong, stable organization that offers flexible work schedules and excellent benefits and emphasizes employee development and training.  

Working independently, the County Surveyor is responsible for examining all record documents such as tract maps, parcel maps, records of survey, and corner records. The position reports to the Principal Engineer/Transportation Program Manager and resides in the Engineering Department of the Public Works Agency. This position supervises a team of professional and technical survey and administrative staff and directs professional consultants.  Other responsibilities include providing survey support for Transportation and Flood Control Capital Projects, managing and preserving the County's survey monuments, reviewing and approving annexation maps for the Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission.  

To view the job description for this position, please visit County Surveyor.

The Alameda County Public Works Agency consist of four departments: Management Services and Administration, Construction and Development, Engineering, and Maintenance and Operations.  Services provided by the Agency include building inspection, land development, county surveyor functions, transportation and flood control engineering, clean water and environmental programs, construction inspection and contract administration services, street lighting, and maintenance and operations of public infrastructure.    

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well-maintained; provide the highest level of flood protection; provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles and minimize deferred maintenance; ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules; optimize disaster preparedness, response and recovery; ensure that Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment; and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.  

MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive, and effective services.


As a key team member for the agency, the ideal candidate will possess teambuilding and leadership skills with the ability to establish effective team structure for field and office staff as well as be able to cohesively work with staff while playing an active role in their development and succession planning strategy for the survey unit/profession.  Candidates must be cognizant of legally mandated timelines and court cases related to field surveying and the review, processing and approval of maps. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to relay essential information to a wide-ranging audience on diverse issues related to land surveying.  

Finally, the ideal candidate will have a strong technological background (GIS, scanning, drones, hand-help GPS entry) and be a strategic and progressive thinker with the skills to determine long-term goals and design the best approach to achieve those goals.

The Alameda County Public Works Agency has successfully been re-accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry.

During the re-accreditation process, the Public Works Agency was found to be in full compliance in all categories reviewed. Two of the Public Works Agency's programs, Rate Setting and Equipment Specifications, and Bid Review, were recognized for exceptional model practices that should be adopted by other public works agencies.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil or mining engineering or surveying.  (The equivalent of 4 years of experience in land surveying may be substituted for a bachelor's degree).  



The equivalent of four years of experience in professional civil engineering or land surveying of which two years having been served in a land surveying supervisory or administrative capacity.  



Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued prior to January 1, 1982, or land surveyor as issued by the California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.  

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.  

NOTE:   The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:   The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:  

·  Land surveying techniques, including property, boundary, monuments, geodetic and photogrammetric surveying and mapping procedures and equipment.

·  Construction surveying for horizontal and vertical control, layout, staking, and "as built" documentation.

·  Surveying staff support consistent with effective and efficient scheduling, quality control, and priority setting; management theory and supervisorial techniques.

·  Office administration.

·  Civil engineering theory as it applies to surveying and public relations techniques.       

·  Fundamental and laws governing survey theory and practice regarding preliminary designs, construction, right-of-way engineering, land division, boundary location, control and geodetic surveying.

·  Federal and State regulations, such as Subdivision Act, Land Surveyors Action and other local ordinances, as they relate to the preparation and examination of record documents, including final maps, parcel maps and records of survey.

·  Survey equipment and computer software used in land survey office work.

·  Sources of general engineering and/or land survey information.

·  Computer literacy including Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and GIS.  

Ability to:  

·  Written communications.

·  Decision making.

·  Leadership.

·  Planning and organization.

·  Management control.

·  Budget analysis.

·  Interpersonal sensitivity.

·  Flexibility.

·  Adaptation to stress

·  Perform technical office and/or field surveys.

·  Prepare and review the work of assigned survey staff involving engineering, construction, and photogrammetric surveys and uniform base mapping program.

·  Communicate orally explaining complex technical and legal surveying and property boundary issues to attorneys, colleagues and the public.

·  Process subdivision, parcel and record of survey maps.

·  Read and interpret drawings, maps and documents related to land surveying.

·  Follow oral and written instructions.

·  Adhere to performance standards related to land surveying.

·  Work harmoniously as a member of survey team and with the public.

·  Perform extensive physical work in all kinds of terrain and weather.


1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
2) Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process; review of candidates’ work experience and background to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process which may involve an interview with CPS HR Consulting.
3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


*CPS HR Consulting  is soliciting qualified candidates on behalf of Alameda County and this recruitment is being conducted pursuant to the Alameda County Civil Service Commission rules. Interested candidates should apply by July 26, 2019.

We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

July 26, 2019

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

July 29, 2019

Review of Applications for Best Qualified:

August 1, 2019

Oral Examination:

Week of August 12, 2019


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their

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NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Sam Gee, Human Resources Division Manager
Human Resource Services Department, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer