Survey Technician I (Engineering Technician I) needed in California

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County of Riverside

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Job Type

Full Time


Riverside, CA

Description :

The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has an opportunity for two (2) Survey Technician I (Engineering Technician I) positions in Riverside. The selected candidates will play a critical role as contributing members of a land survey crew and will be responsible for performing field surveying work that includes topography and photogrammetric surveys, boundary computations, lot line adjustments, and technical mapping. The incumbents will also perform construction staking of a highly physical nature, load and stock the truck with survey equipment, and ensure that the crew has all survey materials needed daily. The most competitive candidates will have experience operating field survey equipment, such as Trimble, Total Stations, digital and optical levels, HD scanning equipment, data collectors and Global Positioning System equipment. Additionally, candidates with experience reading, interpreting, and preparing detailed records of survey, maps and engineering plans, and those with knowledge of local surveying principles as outlined in the California Professional Land Surveyor’s Act, are highly desired.

Examples of Essential Duties:

Make topographic, cross-sectional, and profile drawings and maps using manual or computer aided techniques; prepare preliminary construction drawings and tracings from survey notes and other materials; index and file maps, drawings, and other engineering records.

Field check roads for needed signals, signs, markings, and legends and updates inventory; gathers field data and makes calculations relating to stream flow, precipitation rates, and water quality.

Operate current metering and other hydrologic data equipment.

Tabulate and analyze data collected and prepare reports.

May assist in inspection of construction projects.

Under close supervision, performs a variety of field and office sub-professional surveying work.

Field Duties:
Work as head chain and rod worker on a survey crew, measuring and recording distances and elevations; perform level and simple transit work; sets stakes and monuments.

Serve as instrument technician on a trainee or relief basis; clean and care for instruments and tools; check survey truck to ensure it is fully stocked and equipment is in order; prepare simple field notes.

Office Duties:
Assist in conducting title and property ownership research; learn to prepare less complex legal descriptions and documents following established procedures.

Search for data from survey notes, recorded maps, records of surveys, filed deeds and property descriptions; draw plans, profiles and cross sections of streets or other improvements from surveyor’s field book or other specific sources.

Plot tract maps and parcel maps; review, research, and process street name requests; assist in the preparation of final designs or drawings.

Recruiting Guidelines:

Experience: Two years of sub-professional civil engineering experience; College level courses in civil engineering or closely related subjects such as land surveying, soils erosion, soils testing, blueprint reading, mathematics, computer graphics, or hydrology may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of 12 semester or 18 quarter units equaling one year of experience.

Valid certificate of registration as an Engineer-in-Training or Surveyor-in-Training issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers may be substituted for two years of sub-professional engineering experience.

Knowledge of: Elementary algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as they apply to engineering; manual and automated drafting techniques; survey principles and methods; the principles and methods of materials testing, hydrography, and traffic control.

Ability to: Make accurate engineering computations; follow oral and written directions; prepare clear and accurate diagrams and drawings from field notes and rough sketches; make a variety of soils and materials tests; perform survey field work, tabulate and analyze data and prepare reports; learn techniques of manual and automated drafting; maintain effective working relations with others.

License: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required at time of employment.

Physical Requirements: The Engineering Technician I is a physically demanding position that works outdoors and is exposed to inclement weather. The incumbent will be required to perform hiking, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 50 pounds in weight with assistance and that the incumbent walk on uneven ground or wet surfaces on a regular basis.

The preliminary closing date for this posting is December 17, 2018 at 11:59 pm however postings may close at any time.

Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.

About County:

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The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (District) was formed in 1945 by an Act of the California State Legislature. The District comprises 2,677 square miles within the western portion of Riverside County and serves a population of approximately 1.99 million. The District provides for the control and conservation of flood and storm waters and for the protection of watercourses, watersheds, public highways, life and property from damage within its boundaries. It is staffed with a combination of professional, sub-professional, technical and field staff responsible for the administration, planning, design, permitting, construction, operation and maintenance of hundreds of miles of channels, storm drains, levees, and over 45 dams and basins. The fundamental mission of the District is to protect people and property from flooding through responsible and efficient storm water management and to achieve its goals adheres to an explicit philosophy: Strive for excellence with integrity; Earn respect of the public, other engineering organizations and policy makers; Require accountability at all levels; Accord respect, recognition and trust to all; Maintain open communication at all levels; and Effectively implement the District’s mission statement.

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