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County Surveyor

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction of the Public Works Director, plans, organizes, and directs the work of the Surveyor Division of the Public Works Department including land development, development review as related to Public Works Department functions, field operations, and office operations; and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position, at-will management class; the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. This position is responsible for directing the operations of the Surveyor's Division of the Public Works Department.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Maintains, develops, automates, and implements systems, guidelines, policies, and procedures for the operation of the Surveyor Division; creates technical guidelines to ensure uniformity and provide a professional standard.
2. Directs the review of all maps and documentation prior to recordation in order to ensure compliance with State and county laws and regulations.
3. Directs the work of field and office staff in conducting field surveys, preparation of maps, legal descriptions, development review, and right of way research; sets performance standards and evaluates professional, para-professional, and clerical personnel responsible for County Surveyor functions through subordinate staff.
4. Coordinates the review of all activities of land development relating to the Public Works Department requirements, including civil engineering projects design and preparation and review of construction plans to ensure they are surveyed correctly.
5. Prepares and monitors the annual budget for the Surveyor Division.
6. Reviews, analyzes, and interprets policies, guidelines, and legislation to assure the County's compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; through subordinates, enforces laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to county surveying; and ensures that records of survey, parcel maps, tract maps, lot line adjustments, corner records, and voluntary mergers are in compliance with laws, ordinances, policies, and practices.
7. Assists private surveyors, engineers, and the general public in land surveying related problems.
8. Oversees administration and coordination of other State and local programs including the Certificate of Compliance Program, Agricultural Preserve Program, the Survey Monumentation Preservation Fund, and departmental bonding programs of completion of road improvements.
9. Prepares administrative studies, reports, letters of renewal of contract, and other correspondence.
10. Represents the County at various public meetings and conferences to provide information of a technical nature.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Land Surveyor's License, or a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers prior to January 1, 1982; and,

1. Four years of increasingly responsible professional surveying experience, including one year in a supervisory capacity, or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles, practices, and procedures of land surveying, land development, and mapping; federal and state laws relating to land surveying and subdivision of land; principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training; budget preparation; and computerized mapping technologies as they relate to surveying.

Ability to: establish goals and objectives; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; formulate, explain, and interpret policy; analyze and interpret technical information and/or property descriptions for surveying or related operations; exercise independent judgment; make complex computations involving areas, curves, traverses, and closures involved in precise surveys; prepare correspondence and reports; make public presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; deal effectively with representatives of other organizations and the public.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION: Possession of a bachelor's degree in land surveying, engineering, or a closely related field is highly desirable.

 



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