Water Agency Land Surveyor

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time GIS and Surveying Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $142,007.64 - $172,604.82 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Bring your land surveying expertise to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) and become the next Water Agency Land Surveyor.

Starting salary up to $82.70/hour ($172,604/year) plus a competitive total compensation package.*

Please note: To be considered for this position, applicants are required to possess c urrent registration as a Professional Land Surveyor by the State of California.

At Sonoma Water, the Water Agency Land Surveyor is a vital position which oversees and coordinates Survey and Right of Way services and works in close collaboration with other departments, County Counsel, external partner agencies, and the public. This position oversees a team of six full-time, professional and technical Survey and Right of Way and Extra-Help staff, manages the services provided, and reviews the deliverable work products produced by the team to control and assure the quality of the services and the resulting deliverable products. The Water Agency Land Surveyor provides guidance and expertise needed for property boundary determination/retracement, principles of land title/property ownership, transactional real estate conveyance and transfer, and applicable laws and regulations regarding the merger or subdivision of real property interests, as well as mapping, platting, and describing the real property interests. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing, mentoring, and supervising staff including team-building, providing feedback, and performance evaluation
  • Creating timeline and budget estimates for the services and work products
  • Communicating and reporting staffing, equipment, vehicles, and resource needs and utilization to management; and procuring software, vehicles, and equipment
  • Developing budgets and monitoring/approving expenditures connected with the operations of the Survey and Right of Way Sections
  • Tracking the status of and ensuring cost effective and timely delivery of services and deliverables
  • Procuring outside professional services when needed and managing and administering professional services agreements and deliverables
  • Acting as a working supervisor as needed to address the demands for services and work products
What You Bring

The Water Agency Land Surveyor position requires a skillset that includes exceptional communication, organizational, collaborative leadership qualities; a high degree of intellectual curiosity, a passion for accuracy, precision, and efficiency. The top candidates will demonstrate exceptional analytical and reasoning skills, the ability to resourcefully implement creative solutions and strategies needed to resolve problems, as well as expertise in:

  • Water transmission, storage, diversion, and treatment systems; and Hydrological Quantification/Measurement
  • The principles and practices of geodetic measurement, reference frames, and datums in projections
  • State-of-the art and evolving measuring, sensing, and data collection instrumentation technology, and data processing software platforms and systems
  • Property boundary determination, land title, transactional real estate conveyance and transfer, and applicable laws and regulations regarding the merger or subdivision of real property interests
  • The implementation of quality control and assurance measures, methodology, and protocol in the delivery of services and deliverable work products
  • Utilizing AutoDesk Civil products, Trimble Access and Business Center, ESRI products, and Microsoft Excel and Word
What We Offer

Working at Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of five divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Water/Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water use efficiency and fishery restoration programs.

Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Western Counsel of Engineers Memorandum Of Understanding (WCE MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training, and/or experience which would likely provide an opportunity to possess the knowledge and abilities stated herein.
Education: Normally, academic course work in engineering technology, land surveying, plane and analytic geometry, trigonometry, and algebra or closely related courses would provide such opportunity. Additionally, training or coursework in real estate appraisal and real property purchase/transfer is desired.
Experience: Normally, six years of experience in surveying or related engineering work would provide such opportunity; and one year of experience in real estate or property transfer.
License: Current registration as a Professional Land Surveyor by the State of California.
Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of land surveying; State laws and County ordinances covering subdivisions and land development, and the preparation of various kinds of maps; instruments and equipment used in surveying.
Working Knowledge of: the principles and practices of real estate appraisal including legal principles and rights associated with interests in real property; principles and practices of transfer, sale, creating easements, licenses, and other interests of real property; legal principles and inherent rights associated with interests in real property and title to real property; legal requirements and procedures involved with Eminent Domain Proceedings; preparing Real Estate Conveyance documents such as deeds, easements, and licenses.
Ability to: understand boundaries and to reconcile discrepancies between lines of occupation versus lands of title, or the physical evidence found in the field versus the intent of conveyance documents to arrive at conclusions of law; supervise and coordinate the work of survey crews, and train Engineering Technicians in survey related work; interpret documents relating Real Property and scope of interests involved; draft appropriate documents to transfer or permit uses of real property; provide advice, direction, and expertise in Real Property matters; establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, surveyors, and the general public; perform office survey analysis and maintain mapping and survey quality standards; identify and resolve discrepancies in survey data; prepare maps and legal descriptions for various political subdivisions and districts; prepare reports, cost estimates, and analyses of survey work; coordinate survey work with other operations of the department or with other entities and to establish priorities and schedules; operate and maintain all types of surveying instruments; develop methods and apply reasonable criteria for land mapping; use computers to solve surveying problems and to keep records; implement appropriate quality assurance and quality control measures; Agency's legal authority, organization, vision, strategic priorities, policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and expectations.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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