Hydrographic Surveyor needed in Portland, Oregon

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Port of Portland

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$61,710.00 - $94,566.00

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Full Time


Portland, OR

Description :

The Port of Portland has long standing contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (since 1891) to maintain the Columbia River navigation channel to 43 feet. Most of this work takes place during dredge season which is approximately between the months of June through November. The dredging operation covers approximately 106 miles from Astoria to Portland. The Hydrographic Surveyor will work along side the Port’s dredge vessel “Oregon” conducting and directing surveys in accordance with the US Army Corps of Engineers contract.

Summary of Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead the hydrographic surveys along the Columbia River between Astoria and Portland for the Port’s dredging vessel “Oregon” maintaining the operation in accordance with the United States Army Corps of Engineers contract
  • Utilize advanced techniques to perform and direct accurate and complete hydrographic and land surveys at all Port facilities
  • Prepare project scope of work, appropriate methods and equipment and cost estimates for the survey aspect of engineering and land development projects
  • Process field measurements into X, Y, Z positions with point descriptions when necessary utilizing Hypack, Terramodel, Trimble Business Center and AutoCad
  • Manage survey consultants and Port technicians through all phases of Port hydrographic and land survey projects
  • Lead hydrographic activities by providing professional and technical support, expertise, and guidance to Port staff, Port operating areas, and outside consultants and agencies for development of Port projects
  • Provide data in appropriate format for the use of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, dredge Oregon personnel, Port personnel and stakeholders
  • Manage and archive all hydrographic survey files for future use and liability
  • Serve as backup for the quality control manager performing water quality monitoring and I.T. support for the Port’s dredging operation and the Port’s dredge vessel “Oregon”
  • Provide field and office support for the Port survey department during the off-dredging season

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in surveying and/or geomatics with specific focus on land and hydrographic surveying or related field; or extended experience and associate degree (preferred).
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working as a land surveyor and 4 years as a hydrographic surveyor
  • Experience working in marine and airfield security environments; or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience
  • Experience as a project lead of hydrographic and land surveying projects
  • Technical and professional competence related to surveying, design, boundary determination, land divisions, hydrographic and construction
  • Experience using GPS field data collection equipment and software
  • Oregon Professional Land Surveyor license (PLS) (preferred)
  • ACSM-THSOA Certified Hydrographer (preferred)
  • Experience in Hypack, Terramodel, Trimble Business Center and CAD (AutoCAD and LDD) terrain modeling and drafting
  • Knowledge and understanding of surveying theory and practice and in-depth understanding of engineering design concepts and survey practices related to land divisions, easements, hydrographic surveys and boundary determination
  • Experience using GPS survey instruments, terrestrial total station, electronic levels and software to accomplish the collection of field data for hydrographic and land surveying
  • Obtain security badging at marine terminals, PDX and other Port facilities, which may require a background check
  • Valid Oregon or Washington driver’s license or the ability to obtain one (required)


  • Computer and general Microsoft Office skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Reading and interpreting architectural and engineering design drawings
  • Producing neat and organized survey notes under all weather conditions


  • Assess conditions to determine methods, equipment and procedures for conducting/directing hydrographic and field surveys
  • Strong ability to work with different agencies and departments
  • Operate survey total stations, electronic levels, hydrographic survey equipment and provide professional support/expertise and guidance to Port operating areas
  • Demonstrate the Port’s commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive

The Port of Portland offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, employer paid life and AD&D insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and participates in the Oregon PERS retirement program. The Port also offers employee paid voluntary benefits such as flexible spending accounts, voluntary life insurance, a deferred compensation program and for some employees access to critical illness and accident insurance policies. In addition to our comprehensive benefit program, we have generous vacation and sick leave plans and we are known for our great culture, flexibility and our commitment to wellness.

Please note: some benefits vary by job type/group, so please be sure to review your comprehensive benefit guide upon hire to confirm what is available to you.

How to apply :

Directions to apply are below. If a phone number is provided, calls are welcomed.

Apply through link here: https://www.portofportland.com/Careers

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