Land Surveyor - Land Surveyor 3 - Permanent - *07687-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $5,783.00 - $7,779.00 Monthly
Deadline Jul 22, 2024


Capital and Asset Management Program – Survey Section
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County

This position may be eligible for telework.  The default assigned work location for this position is in Olympia, Washington.  Frequency of onsite work will vary based on business and operational needs.

The Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) mission is to serve the Department by delivering technical and professional engineering, construction, and maintenance to sustain facilities, infrastructure, and ecosystems under the Department’s care.

In this role, you will interpret and follow detailed survey project instructions issued by the Department Chief Surveyor.

You will provide professional level analysis of land corner and property boundary evidence, preparing maps and accurate records.

In this dynamic role, you will provide agency support in boundary issues and public access to survey information and, when directed, act as liaison for the Chief Surveyor.

With your experience, you will ensure compliance with the minimum standards of measurement accuracy as prescribes in Washington Administrative Code, Chapter 332-130.

We are seeking a candidate to be our survey staff specialist and have on-site supervision of survey project field activities.


Here are some things you will do in this role:

On-site supervision of survey project field activities: 

  • Establish survey control networks utilizing both conventional and Global Positioning System equipment.
  • Locate all necessary survey monuments and/or topographic features related to specific project.
  • Perform professional level analysis of land corner and property boundary evidence.
  • Ensure field survey measurements meet or exceed the minimum standards for measurement accuracy.

Prepare survey maps: 

  • Process and analyze field survey data.
  • Prepare official record of survey maps.
  • Prepare topographic maps.
  • Maintaining and organizing the Department’s survey records.

Leading and mentoring: 

  • Leads and mentors technical and professional level staff in order to support an effective, motivated team.
  • Sets goals and objectives, develops strategies to implement, and develops performance measurements and standards for the purpose of ensuring individual and program performance objectives are met.
  • Monitors and inspects work in progress to ensure continuity and timely completion of work.
  • Develops and implements staff training and development plans to provide cross training of employees, specific job-related training and other approaches to provide opportunities for staff flexibility and development.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Duties are typically performed in the field.  Field work requires working in all weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow. Work happens in rough terrain, along riverbanks, and on slippery slopes. While trekking up and down steep terrain, you will need to carry up to 80 pounds (backpacks, tripods, and hand tools). There is a potential to encounter stinging plants, wildlife, and insects.
    • While working in the office setting, may experience long periods of sitting or standing looking into a computer monitor. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in government office environments.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • 10 hours per day, Monday - Thursday.
    • Some work weeks could consist of up to 4 consecutive nights out of town.
    • More working hours are anticipated during construction season May-August.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Up to 80% Travel/Field.
    • Frequent travel to work sites requiring consecutive overnight stays.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Computer hardware and software; cell phone; laptop computer; conventional and GPS survey equipment, inflatable boat, depth sounder, and motor vehicles.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Project Coordinators, Engineering and the General public.



  • Valid Professional Land Surveyor license in the state of Washington.

Proficient in survey-related equipment including but not limited to:

  • Total Station.
  • RTK GPS.
  • Robotic instrument.
  • Associated related data collectors.


  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite Products, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Trimble GPS Business Center.

Supplemental Information:

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following Benefits:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types.

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), and an Employee Assistance Program.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to Cheri.Weld@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at Cheri.Weld@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 

As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled, and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format please contact Jayme Chase by phone 360-902-2278 or email Jayme.Chase@dfw.wa.gov, or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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