Office Surveyor (Principal Engineering Technician - PLS/PE)
County of Riverside
 Riverside, CA


The County of Riverside's Transportation Department has an opportunity for an Office Surveyor who will be assigned to the Record of Survey Section located in Riverside. The incumbent in this position will supervise the work of office staff, be engaged in a variety of checking Record of Survey Maps, Corner Records, Certificate of corrections and monument inspections. The Office Surveyor will also be reviewing complex legal descriptions, coordinating with applicants to facilitate their projects, and meeting with consultants regarding project status.

The most competitive candidates will enjoy history and researching old land records. Have experience working on Caltrans Interchanges, land nets, right-of-way appraisal maps, and road widening's; and have experience working on Public Lands surveys and have knowledge of the Professional Land Surveyors' Act (PLS Act) and Subdivision Map Act (SMA). Additionally, the candidate MUST possess a valid Professional Land Surveyor License issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Meet the Team!

The Riverside County Survey Division is responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of roads, bridges and transportation facilities within the unincorporated areas of the County - an area of about 7,300 square miles.


  • Supervises, reviews, analyzes, and integrates the work of technical staff.
  • Consults with project coordinators or requesting agencies to define project scope, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Solves difficult technical and scheduling problems.
  • Selects and adapts plans, techniques, designs or layouts for projects; Develops cost estimates and scheduling for various projects; Monitors quality and progress.
  • Coordinates development, maintenance, and implementation of new and/or computerized applications; Writes project status reports, standards, procedures, and analysis summaries.
  • Serves as liaison with users and clients to explain system, resolve problems, and define needs.
  • Analyzes technical engineering data and prepares reports and recommendations.
  • Reviews information submitted by outside agencies for accuracy and compliance with County standards.
  • Participates in the selection and training of subordinate staff; Evaluates the work of staff and resolves problems or recommends corrective disciplinary actions; Assigns work to subordinate staff based upon technical qualifications.
  • Performs the most complex duties requiring extensive and thorough technical proficiency.
  • Surveying: Has direct supervision of a survey crew or small survey office staff as a survey party chief.
  • Field: Supervises and participates in the operation of a field survey crew engaged in a variety of preliminary, location, construction, geodetic property, Photogrammetric, elevation and topographic surveys.
  • Adjusts and operates such survey instruments as transits, theodolites, levels, and electronic measuring devices in determining lines, angles, distances, and elevations.
  • Contacts contractors, inspectors, and general public as required by the work; expedites the work of the crew by gathering and recording field data and by translating engineering plans and specifications into lines and grades for construction purposes.
  • Office: Supervises and participates in the preparation and checking of legal descriptions, land division maps, records of survey, corner records and right-of-way maps.
  • Interprets complex survey data, maps, deed, and title information; analyzes and resolves discrepancies and refers more complex or sensitive issues to higher authorities.


License/Certificate: Possession of a valid Professional Land Surveyor License issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is REQUIRED.


Experience: Five years of increasingly technical and responsible sub-professional engineering or land surveying experience, including at least one year at a level comparable to Senior Engineering Technician with Riverside County. College level courses in Civil Engineering or closely related subjects such as Surveying, Soils Mechanics, Photogrammetry, Mathematics, or Hydrology may be substituted for up to three years of the non-specialized required experience on the basis of 12 semester or 18 quarter units equaling one year of experience.


Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying Engineering/Civil Engineering and one year of experience as a Sr. Engineering Technician on a field survey crew may substitute for five years of sub-professional engineering experience.

Knowledge of: Civil engineering plans, maps, and specifications; survey principles, problems, techniques, and practices; engineering mathematics of above average difficulty; the elements of civil engineering design; construction terminology, methods, and practices; computer aided design and drafting as applied to civil engineering work; technical report writing and the principles of personnel supervision and employee training.

Ability to: Examine, analyze, and process engineering data; perform survey field work, compile complex written technical reports involving mathematical computations; establish and maintain cooperative relations with representatives of departments and agencies; represent the department at meetings with other departments, agencies, or the public; plan, organize, and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.


Veterans' Preference

The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference. See the policy here.

What's Next?

This recruitment is open to all applicants.

Applicants who are currently County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Department/Agency may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of the applications received.

Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.

Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.

For specific questions regarding this position, contact the Ebelyn Skinner at