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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 527E
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs journey level land survey work in office or field.

Typical Work

In the field, locates rights-of-way, topographic features, property lines, corners and boundaries; supervises field survey party; makes notations for office computation, checking and mapping; analyzes record survey data and recommends positions for General Land Office (GLO) and other boundary corners; monuments GLO and other boundary corners; coordinates Region control surveys; 

Searches federal, state, local government and private records for deeds, survey maps, corner history, and other relevant information; searches for, analyzes, and arranges to obtain historical survey records and maps and develops methodologies to incorporate these records into a document management system; 

Approves and issues permits for the temporary removal or destruction of survey corners pursuant to WAC 332-120; 

Performs calculations from survey field notes, deeds, and other survey data; supervises the drafting, checking, filing and distribution of maps prepared that depict the results of the field surveys; interprets field data, recorded surveys, deeds, and original government surveys to determine the legal method for the subdivision of land in accordance with federal and state rules and procedures; supervises land survey office technicians; provides advice and information to surveyors and the public on land survey laws, survey information and sources of information; prepares legal descriptions;  

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  land surveying and mapping principles, procedures and practices; basic statutes and other law pertaining to the establishment, locating, dividing and defining of corners, monuments, lines, and boundaries of land; professional standards of land surveying and mapping; computer skills and applications; land records management; mathematics through trigonometry and geometry; state plane coordinate systems; supervision and management practices. 

Ability to:  perform journey level land survey work; plan and execute complex and high precision surveying projects; traverse rough terrain in all kinds of weather; withstand long hours at a drafting board or computer; travel frequently and for extended periods.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of experience performing land survey work, including two years as a skilled land survey technician at Engineering Aide 3, equivalent or higher level such as instrument technician, skilled drafter/computer or survey records researcher/analyst. 

Four years of college work with major emphasis in engineering, forestry or other curriculum which contained courses in land surveying may be substituted for two years of general land survey experience.


Certification as a registered Land-Surveyor-In-Training.


Equivalent education/experience. 

Class Specification History

New class: 5-1-63
General revision, title change (formerly Civil Engineer 2): 12-27-63 (eff. 5-1-63)
Title change (formerly Civil Engineer 2 (Land Survey): 7-10-81
Revised definition, deleted distinguishing characteristics, Revised minimum qualifications: 12-10-93
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-21-00
New class code: (formerly 60730) effective July 1, 2007