Merced CountyMerced 95341
Full Time

Performs the duties of the County Surveyor under the direction of the County Public Works Director/Road Commissioner.

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County Surveyor

Merced County
Full Time 345 W 7th St, Merced, CA 95341, United States


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs the duties of the County Surveyor under the direction of the County Public Works Director/Road Commissioner.
  • Directs/approves the processing of parcel maps, subdivision maps and record of survey maps for filing with County Recorder required by the Subdivision Map Act, Land Surveyor's Act and local ordinances.
  • Directs the processing of various projects relative to special districts, city annexations, road abandonment, and other entities.
  • Directs the processing of legal documents and necessary deeds relative to various projects.
  • Provides consultation and guidance with private engineers and land surveyors relative to subdivisions, surveys, property line adjustments and mergers.
  • Consults and advises the general public relative to problems with their properties and legal descriptions.
  • Provides land surveying expertise to Public Works and Planning staff.
  • Acts as an expert witness for all matters related to those functions under control of the County Surveyor.
  • Coordinates with the local engineering and land surveying professional organizations to enforce the Land Surveyor's Act.
  • Performs surveying and engineering work on Division projects and LAFCO reorganizations.
  • Maintains an index by geographic location of all recorded and unrecorded maps, Corner Records and deeds for County properties road rights-of-way and easements.
Minimum Qualifications

Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible engineering experience which has included responsibility for land surveying.

Possess and maintain a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued before January 1, 1982, or a land surveyor's license issued by the California State Board of Registra¬tion for Civil
Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Essential Functions


  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines and under stressful conditions.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Represent the County with the community and other agencies.
  • Conduct presentations.
  • Train, evaluate and supervise staff.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Occasionally lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.

  • Occasionally kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 60 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Sit, stand or walk for long periods of time.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:
  •  The principles, practices, methods, techniques, equipment used in land surveying.
  • Knowledge of the statutory provisions governing the County Surveyor's functions.
  • Mathematics through trigonometry as applied to land surveying and pertinent standard engineering calculations.
  • General principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to surveying.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and administration.

Ability to: 
  • Administer the functions of the County Surveyor's Office.
  • Direct all types of land surveys and interpret survey maps and documents.
  • Assign, train, supervise, and evaluate staff and their work.
  • Apply required knowledge to work and resolve technical problems of considerable difficulty.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.