Survey Party Chief I, II (Land Surveyor)

  • LA County Sanitation District
  • Carson, California
  • Jun 24, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management GIS and Surveying
  • Salary: $92,172.00 - $124,536.00 Annually USD

Job Description


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POSTING # SB-203-22E

The Sanitation Districts are a non-civil services public agency with over 1,700 employees. Our Caron Field Office is located conveniently off the 110 freeway in Carson, CA. The Sanitation Districts also have various opportunities to enhance career growth as evidenced through various programs including tuition reimbursement, professional development, mentoring, and professional dues reimbursement. Benefit information can be found here , under the Benefits tab (also found top of this page).

LACSD is committed to attracting and retaining talent who embody LACSD's core values of integrity, leadership and service. As a public agency focused on converting waste into resources like recycled water, energy and recycled materials, LACSD’s workforce is passionate and committed to innovation that improves the quality of life for all Southern Californians. LACSD has established a telework program because we acknowledge that work can be successfully performed using various work models. The program balances the value of in-person interaction and collaboration from each employee being in the workplace at least three days per week, while providing a benefit of part-time remote work to certain eligible employees. Telework eligibility will depend on the department, position, responsibilities, and duties.


To lead, plan, coordinate, evaluate, and participate in the work of a land survey crew.

Under the direct supervision of a Supervising Land Surveyor, the incumbent oversees and instructs a survey crew conducting horizontal and vertical surveys using accepted methods with manual and digital equipment; performs preliminary surveys for the design of sewer lines, wastewater treatment facilities, and landfills; performs surveys to construct sewer lines, pumping plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and landfill facilities; setting ground controls for aerial surveys; locate facilities and property boundaries; files property surveys and corner records with the appropriate City or County Recorder's Office ( Survey Party Chief II only ); trains new crew members and updating the entire crew regarding procedural and equipment changes; interprets design drawings and obtaining background information for the survey; uses correct nomenclature of trees, plants, fences, soils, pipes, and other structures for field notes; records, draws, and sketches survey records, maps, topography, cross section, and benchmark runs; performs calculations for traverses, triangulation, curve data, and grades; drives to and from various job sites; attends to personnel related issues involving crew members; meets with the public, contractors, and operations staff and design engineers; approves and prioritizes the daily work schedule for job assignments; submits time records for workers performing the work of other crew members in their absence as necessary; conducts crew safety meetings; orders and obtains necessary materials and supplies; and performs other duties as required.

This job may be filled at either level depending on qualifications. The SURVEY PARTY CHIEF I must have a California State Certificate of Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or equivalent, or must obtain such registration within 2-years of appointment to the position. SURVEY PARTY CHIEF II is the advanced level class of the series. This classification differs from Survey Party Chief I by the higher proficiency level, technical expertise, and the registration as a Professional Land Surveyor requirement.


Applicants must possess a valid California Class C driver license -AND-


A Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certificate issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or equivalent -AND- Four (4) years of field survey experience AND- A California State Certificate of Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or equivalent, or must obtain such registration within two (2) years of appointment to the position.


A California State Certificate of Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or equivalent; -AND- One (1) year of experience performing duties equivalent to that of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County position of Survey Party Chief I.

  • Proficient with the operation of digital survey equipment (LEICA preferred).
  • Able to efficiently and accurately interpret and assess construction plans.
  • Keep clear and accurate survey notes and prepare necessary sketches and reports.
  • Experience with property boundary analysis and understanding of the principals of reading and preparing legal descriptions.
  • Two (2) or more years in "Responsible Charge" of construction, design, and boundary surveys.
  • Familiar with survey software used to process and report construction and design projects.
  • CAD experience (Bentley Microstation with OpenRoads Designer preferred).


The competitive selection process for both levels may cover knowledge of: Surveying principles, procedures and equipment including but not limited to calculators, computer software, data loggers, and other survey related equipment; principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; principles of training and leadership; safety laws and procedures for working in traffic, around open excavations, on construction projects, and in wilderness situations; digital input/output devices and translation for working protocol for CAD systems; soil types and properties; plant and tree nomenclature; and types of construction materials. The ability to : Interpret job assignments; direct the work of a field survey crew, and train others in surveying procedures and techniques; establish survey procedures and make accurate survey calculations; operate manual and digital survey equipment; compile survey data, keep complete field notes and records; able to process collected field data using appropriate survey software; read and comprehend drawings, maps, legal descriptions of properties, technical data, and written requests for various types of topographic, design and construction surveys; plan, coordinate, and evaluate the work of others.


This posting will remain open until vacancy is filled and is subject to closure without notice.

Please apply online at within the application period. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed LACSD Employment Application or online application. Check your email regularly throughout the recruitment process as notifications may be sent via e-mail. Please make sure that your registered email address is accurate and current. To ensure proper delivery add to your contact list.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will be reviewed and evaluated for relevant experience and/or coursework.
  • Candidates considered to have the best qualifications will be invited to an interview
  • The selection process will consist of an interview weighted at 100%
  • Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted

The individual(s) recommended for hire must undergo a job-related pre-employment physical, which includes a drug and alcohol test.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Districts strongly encourage qualified minorities, women and disabled persons to apply.

To learn more about how the Sanitation Districts converts waste in to resources, please visit the following video: Converting Waste into Resources


The Districts belong to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), and a ll monthly status new hires will be enrolled in CalPERS. Most new hires will be enrolled in the defined benefit formula of 2% @ 62 in accordance with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and are required to contribute to the plan ( Effective July 1, 2022 the required contribution will be 7%) . Those who qualify based on current or previous public service may be enrolled in the defined benefit formula in place on December 31, 2012, which was 2% @ 55 and are considered “classic” members. For “classic” members, the Districts pay the “employee share.” In accordance with the current employee unit agreements, “classic” members will be required to contribute ½% of their total CalPERS reportable compensation toward the Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL) if the District’s employer CalPERS cost (as published in the CalPERS Actual Variation Report), as a percentage of payroll, is 25% or greater. If the cost is 30% or greater, the contribution from “classic” members will be 1%. Pending contract negotiations, on July 1, 2022, all “classic” members will no longer be required to contribute toward the UAL. Please contact the Human Resources Department for more information regarding contribution rates. Although Districts employees are exempt from Social Security, employees are required by federal law to contribute a percentage of their salary for Medicare coverage.


Employees receive annual salary increases and are provided with opportunities to promote. Cost of living adjustments are implemented annually in accordance with labor agreements.


  • MEDICAL: Districts paid. Employees may choose from several HMO and Indemnity plans. As of January 1, 2021, the Districts contribute $1,758.83 per month for medical insurance. Depending on the choice of health plan, the Districts contribution covers all or a large portion of the premium for family coverage.

  • DENTAL: Districts paid. The Districts pay the full premium for employee and dependent coverage for a prepaid dental program which provides for most routine dental care through a panel of contracting dentists with no deductibles. Employees are eligible to enroll in an indemnity plan if requested within thirty days after completion of three years of employment, or during subsequent open enrollment periods.
  • VISION: Employee paid.
  • LIFE: The Districts pay for a term life policy. Employees can buy additional types and amounts of life insurance coverage at group rates.
  • VACATION: Employees receive 88 hours of paid vacation after one full year of service, increasing up to 128 hours per year after five years, 168 hours per year after 15 years and up to 208 hours after 25 years. Prior to one year of full service, employees are given partial vacation time on January 1, based on the time worked in the preceding year.
  • SICK LEAVE : Eight hours of full-pay sick leave per month.

  • PERSONAL LEAVE: Employees may use up to 24 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons. Confidential Unit employees may use up to 40 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons.

Twelve paid holidays and one-half paid holiday depending on the employee's work schedule.

Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for approved accredited course work.

  • Flexible work schedules (e.g. 9/80 schedule) depending on the worksite.
  • Clear policies and procedures.
  • Health and safety programs.
  • A rewarding career contributing to society and the environment.
  • Carpool opportunities with monetary incentives depending on the worksite.
More detailed benefits information can be found here: Districts Benefits

NOTE: The provisions of this posting do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this posting may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Updated January 6, 2021

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Carson, California United States View Map