Friday, May 14, 2021

Land Surveyor

Recruitment #21-2148-01


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.  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.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.



The mission of Public Works is 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.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

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, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the 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.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at


Land Surveyor which, under direction at the lower level and under general direction at the higher level, performs routine and difficult land surveying duties in the field and office in both the Survey Support and County Surveyor Sections of the Survey Division of the Public Works Agency; and performs other related duties.

For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the job description. 


Alameda County Public Works Agency seeks dedicated and dynamic individuals to fill the position of Land Surveyor.  In addition to meeting the established minimum qualifications, the Ideal Candidate should possess the following critical attributes:
  • Demonstrated Land Survey experience performing technical office work including,  review and/or creating subdivision and Record of Survey maps.  Knowledge of laws governing boundary theory and practice.  Review of tentative subdivision maps, right of way maps, construction and right of way staking. Knowledge of Federal and State regulations, such as the Subdivision Map Act, Land Surveyors Act, Public Lands Manual , state and local ordinances and court precedents, as they relate to the preparation and examination of record documents, including final maps, parcel maps and records of survey. A strong background, knowledge and experience reading, interpreting drawings, maps and documents related to Land Survey.  
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present and explain Survey information to both technical and non-technical audiences.  Ability to complete written evaluations of Land Survey work products. 
  • Critical thinker with the ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts; apply logical thinking, make effective decisions based upon available information, applicable State Survey laws, regulations and established court precedents; to design solutions and articulate effective action plans. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously as a member of the Survey team. Ability to provide training and instructions to peers and lower level staff in the aspects of proper field and office work, computer software and proper safety methods pertaining to field survey practices. 
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously. . Also, be able to provide status updates on projects upon request. 
  • Technically astute with the ability to utilize computers to accurately calculate and plot survey information. Demonstrated working knowledge of field surveying equipment and procedures used to compile land surveying work products. 



Either I  

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Survey Technician III in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts),  



Possession of a valid current license as a Land Surveyor from the State of California. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.                                                                                            

Or II  


The equivalent of two years of college-level course work in math and science that included algebra and trigonometry,  



The equivalent of six years of full-time land surveying experience that included at least two years of preparing or reviewing record boundary documents, such as records of survey, corner records, right-of-way maps or property descriptions,  



Possession of a valid current license as a Land Surveyor from the State of California.

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.  


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

· Fundamentals 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 the Subdivision Act, Land Surveyors Act 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.

· Safety procedures pertaining to survey work.

· Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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

Ability to:

· 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 member of survey team and with the public.

· Write clear and concise reports and letters to other professionals, agencies and the public.

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

· Learn new software that supports land surveying equipment.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application 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. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


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,

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:                                                                                     5:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021
March 8, 2021
March 22, 2021
April 05, 2021
 Review of Minimum Qualifications:   by Friday, February 26, 2021
 Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:   by Wednesday, March 17, 2021
 Oral Interviews*:   Week of April 05, 2021
Updated 2/22/21, 3/3/21 (eb)

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

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, 


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) 
  • 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
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • 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.



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Erika Beams,  Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-6393 | 

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