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INDOT - Surveyor 3

Date Posted:  Nov 8, 2019
Requisition ID:  15223

Seymour, IN, US, 47274

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The Surveyor is for leading survey activities and performing calculations to determine exact location and measurements of points, elevations, lines, areas and contours of the Earth’s surface to secure data used for design, construction, land acquisition and other purposes. This role is accountable for the planning and directing of survey activities pertinent to each surveying project.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Provides work direction and training for lower level surveyors engaged in obtaining survey data for construction projects and/or in operation, care and maintenance of surveying instruments;
  • Instructs, advises and trains lower level survey technicians in safety practices and procedures and in theory, practice and methods in the performance of topographic, drainage, bridge and construction surveys;
  • Advises and trains lower-level technicians in various survey procedures and operations (e.g., care and maintenance of survey equipment);
  • Plans and coordinates phases of survey projects and schedules activities so as to meet transportation project timetables;
  • Sets up and operates equipment to obtain survey data and perform calculations for determination of precise measurements;
  • Operates technical survey equipment including automatic level, total station, electronic data collectors, robotic total stations and global positioning satellite (GPS) equipment in order to obtain survey data and calculate precise measurements and traversing and leveling operations (e.g., angles, distance, elevations);
  • Makes drawings and sketches of field survey details;
  • Researches and compiles information from state, county and city records to complete field surveys; takes notes, searches records, land deeds and titles; prepares notes to present clear view of project; does mathematical computations and prepares time sheets and car mileage sheets;
  • Reviews and checks topography in order to verify accuracy, clarity and any unusual features;
  • Plans daily work activities for survey crew and provides technical guidance and expertise when required in unusual situations;
  • Supervises the research of property records in county court houses in order to obtain information regarding property ownership, including such data as size, locations and easements;
  • Assists in contacting property owners to obtain permission to work on private property and in researching land titles and deeds for location of control points;
  • Formulates mathematical calculations for curves, bench circuits and property or traverse lines;
  • Ensures maintenance of survey instruments and vehicles;
  • Stocks survey truck/van with necessary supplies;
  • Plots field data using Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software for the preparation of survey drawings;
  • Instructs and trains each member of the survey crew on assigned work tasks;
  • Responsible for all phases of surveys such as the location of center lines using transit, chains, plumb bobs and other engineering equipment;
  • Establishes vertical control using data derived from U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey benchmarks;
  • Assists in taking cross sections to show elevations of ground along survey lines;
  • Performs topographic and plan metric surveys in order to determine ground elevation contours for engineering construction plans;
  • Performs hydrographic surveys in order to determine flow lines, banks and bottom elevations of lakes and streams;
  • Keeps inventory of equipment and sees that the truck and car are maintained properly;
  • Performs horizontal and vertical geodetic control surveys including precise traverses, triangulation and leveling;
  • Provides technical surveying expertise and notifies management of any unusual design and construction;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Preferred Experience:
  • Considerable knowledge of surveying principles, techniques, theories and practices;
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices applied in the location, design and construction of roads, bridges, dams, buildings and related structures;
  • Knowledge of the various methods that are utilized in the acquisition of land and associated properties;
  • Ability to analyze surveying project and schedule job and functional assignments so as to meet timetables;
  • Skill and ability to effectively operate all types of surveying instruments including automatic levels, transits, electronic distant measuring devices, level rod, measuring tape, etc.;
  • Ability to coordinate and direct the work of lower level technicians in order to meet planned objectives;
  • Ability to supervise, teach and train subordinates as leader of a field survey party;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with surveyors, local officials and the general public;
  • Ability to letter and/or write neatly and legibly and to properly record field survey information in survey notebooks in acceptable and understandable form;
  • Physical stamina and condition to work outside under varying, sometimes extreme, weather and working conditions;
  • Ability to read and interpret maps, plans, drawings, etc.;
  • Knowledge of safety rules and procedures and ability to supervise subordinates in their usage;
  • Understanding and ability to reduce field survey notes to acceptable form for use by other professional and technical staff;
  • Knowledge of laws pertaining to surveying;
  • Ability to determine and calculate drainage areas and size requirements of structures;
  • Ability to determine true north through the incorporation of trigonometry computations and astronomical observations.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Seymour