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Land Surveyor

Posted: 11/13/2022

Are you an experienced Land Surveyor or wanting to become a Land Surveyor? Do you have a BS Land Surveying or a BS Civil Engineer with emphasis in surveying? Do you have experience with (1) topographic surveying, (2) bathymetric surveying, (3) mapping, (4) mathematical computations, (5) marking, investigation, and reestablishment of land and property boundaries, and (6) providing for plans/plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land? The more diverse and complex your experience, the higher your starting salary will be. Please customize your resume and tell us what kind of experience you have. A Public Land Survey (PLS) should be mentioned in your resume if it’s still active. Entry level will have less of these skills but will still need to show some experience in the field to qualify or have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the required career field.

Open & closing dates: 11/15/2022 to 11/28/2022

Salary: $44,740 - $103,176 per year

To learn more and apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/689099400

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized!

Duties
  • Plan and perform on-site surveys which include walking and carrying objects for prolonged periods of time over rough, uneven mountainous terrain, and steep slopes.
  • Plan and participate in full range of Land Surveying duties in connection with planning, design, and construction.
  • Perform all office computations and direct survey layouts, hydrographic chart making, and topographic mapping for the District.
  • Plan and prepare contract specifications and Government estimates.
  • Plan and participate in the presentation or selection process leading up to contract award.
  • Verify contractor survey techniques and project conditions for quality assurance.
  • Review incoming field survey material for accuracy and compliance.
Conditions of Employment
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.GS-12 will be required to obtain or maintain Land Surveyor License within 12-months of appointment/promotion.
  • Obtain or maintain state driver's license.
  • Annual Financial Disclosure required.
  • Must be able to personally carry land surveying equipment up and down steep embankments and over rough terrain in fair and inclement weather.
Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Land Surveyor:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.

OR

B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering, as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

C. Registration: The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-7 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience in at least 2 of the following areas: (1) topographic surveying, (2) bathymetric surveying, (3) mapping, (4) mathematical computations, (5) assist with marking, investigation, and reestablishment of land and property boundaries, and (6) provide input for plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05). At least two of the six categories must be clearly documented in resume to be referred to the selection panel.

OR

Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Land Surveying.

OR

Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:

(1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR

(2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR

(3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/).

See questionnaire for additional ways to qualify.

GS-9 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience in at least 3 of the following areas: (1) topographic surveying, (2) bathymetric surveying, (3) mapping, (4) mathematical computations, (5) assist with marking, investigation, and reestablishment of land and property boundaries, and (6) provide input for plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07). At least three of the six categories must be clearly documented in resume to be referred to the selection panel.

OR

Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Land Surveying.

See questionnaire for additional ways to qualify.

GS-11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience in at least 4 of the following areas: (1) topographic surveying, (2) bathymetric surveying, (3) mapping, (4) mathematical computations, (5) assist with marking, investigation, and reestablishment of land and property boundaries, and (6) provide input for plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). At least four of the six categories must be clearly documented in resume to be referred to the selection panel.

OR

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Land Surveying.

See questionnaire for additional ways to qualify.

GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience in at least 5 of the following areas: (1) topographic surveying, (2) bathymetric surveying, (3) mapping, (4) mathematical computations, (5) marking, investigation, and reestablishment of land and property boundaries, and (6) providing for plans/plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11). At least five of the six categories must be clearly documented in resume to be referred to the selection panel.

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