Licensed Land Surveyor - Water Agency

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on January 29, 2021


Education: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic course work in engineering technology, land surveying, plane and analytic geometry, trigonometry, and algebra or closely related courses would provide such opportunity. Graduation from college with a Bachelors Degree in Surveying is highly desired.

Experience: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, six years of experience in surveying or related engineering work would provide such opportunity.

License: Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor by the State of California. Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California 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.

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; establish and maintain effective working relationships with is 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 analysis 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.

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.