Salary: $27.23-$33.24 hourly / $4,736-$5,782 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under direction, reviews survey maps and documents
for technical correctness and compliance with federal, state, and
local regulations; performs the most technically complex
paraprofessional office surveying duties; and performs other duties
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Survey Specialist is an advanced
journey-level classification and is distinguished from the class of
Engineering Technician, Specialist by its sole assignment of
surveying duties. Survey Specialist reports to a Deputy County
Surveyor classification that is assigned responsible charge for
office survey work.
Survey Specialist is distinguished from Survey Party Chief by the
latter's primary assignment to coordinate the activities of a field
survey party. Survey Specialist and Survey Party Chief both possess
general knowledge of land surveying principles and practices.
However, Survey Specialist is expected to become proficient in
interpreting and applying the Subdivision Map Act, while Survey
Party Chief need only possess working knowledge of the Subdivision
Map Act. Conversely, Survey Party Chief possesses thorough knowledge
of field surveying practices while Survey Specialist possesses
working knowledge of such practices.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Using computer and calculator programs and mapping software,
performs boundary analysis, research, and mathematical checking of
parcel maps, records of survey, tract maps, and other maps and
projects for technical correctness and compliance with applicable
federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines and
office policies and procedures.
2. Answers a variety of complex questions and provides information
to private engineers, surveyors, developers, other County
departments, and the general public regarding items such as map
check outcomes; property ownership and boundaries; monumentation and
easement location; federal, state, and local surveying laws, rules,
and regulations; and County ordinances, policies, and procedures.
3. Researches existing recorded information, including record maps,
plans, deeds, easements, and right-of-way documents; prepares legal
descriptions, records of surveys, and corner records; and
photocopies recorded maps and documents for customers using
blueprint photocopier or other reproduction equipment.
4. Constructs countywide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) base
map by: coordinating the GIS activities of various County
departments and divisions and community members, including local
schools, vendors, and surveyors; organizing discussions and
presentations of GIS hardware, software, and applications;
automating related office functions; and assigning, prioritizing,
reviewing, and evaluating the work of technicians and/or interns.
5. Reviews applications for certificates of compliance for
sufficiency and completeness and survey content for validity and
technical correctness; and prepares reports for technical
concurrence by the County Surveyor and legal review by County
6. Files and indexes maps and record information using personal
computers and database software; and supervises interns performing
index-related data entry.
7. Provides Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) with special
maps, legal descriptions, and reports for properties to be annexed
or detached from special districts or cities and ensures projects'
compliance with applicable state and regulatory agencies and laws.
8. Writes technical manuals for use by department employees, land
surveyors, and engineers to ensure compliance with applicable state
laws, local ordinances, and office policies; prepares Board letters
for approval of tracts, monument deposit amounts, and acceptance or
rejection of easements; and writes and maintains database for
9. May perform the duties of Survey Party Chief or other related
field duties as a temporary assignment in order to satisfy the
training/experience requirement for the Professional Land Surveyor's
1. Four years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience,
including at least one year of journey-level surveying experience;
2. one year of experience performing surveying duties as an
Engineering Technician II with the County of Santa Barbara; or,
3. four years of journey-level, paraprofessional engineering
experience, plus certification as a Land Surveyor-In-Training
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Appointees must obtain Land
Surveyor-In-Training Certification (LSIT) within one year of
appointment. Possession of a California Class C Driver's License may
be required for some positions in this classification.
Desirable Qualifications: Knowledge of federal Bureau of Land
Management's Manual of Surveying Instructions, the state Subdivision
Map Act, the Professional Land Surveyors Act, and County subdivision
Knowledge of principles and practices of land surveying, including
boundary determination, preparation of legal descriptions, and
Geographic Information Systems; the Professional Land Surveyors Act;
algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as used in field survey
analysis; methods and standards of technical report writing;
standard English and grammar usage; and computer-assisted surveying
Ability to: work independently; read and interpret maps, title
reports, and legal descriptions as well as laws, rules, and
regulations; explain technical concepts to others; review and adjust
survey data; make mathematical computations such as distances,
traverses, and elevations; analyze data; operate engineering
calculators and personal computers; perform difficult algebraic,
geometric, trigonometric, and precise engineering calculations;
communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare technical
reports; assign, prioritize, schedule, and delegate work; train and
evaluate the performance of staff; and establish and maintain
cooperative working relationships with County staff, engineers,
developers, contractors, and the general public.