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City of Reno, NV City Surveyor in Reno, Nevada

City Surveyor



Class Title

City Surveyor

Class Code



$73,694.40 - $89,587.68 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general direction, supervises and coordinates City surveying activities and operations including evaluating and checking field results and findings; oversees development of base maps and geodetic controls; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, professional surveying firms and the general public; and provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Principal Engineer.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Coordinate the organization, staffing, and operational activities for City surveying operations including evaluating and checking field results and findings.

Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities; recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures.

Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs and methods for providing technical surveying services; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements.

Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for performing location, topographic, property, right-of-way, and other special surveying functions.

Direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for assigned in-house and contracted surveying services and activities; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Participate in the selection of surveying personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Participate in the development and administration of assigned program budget; forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; recommend adjustments as necessary.

Respond to requests for surveying services; research, assemble, and evaluate data and information; schedule, assign and monitor field crews; evaluate and establish field procedures to obtain required standards of accuracy.

Perform calculations regarding topographic boundary and construction surveys; determine exact location of points, deviations, lines, areas and contours of the earth's surface.

Read and interpret engineering plans, drawings, specifications, maps, and legal descriptions; prepare new maps, legal descriptions, sketches, notes, and computerized files to convey survey data.

Collect and analyze field data; perform complex survey and engineering computations and make adjustments as appropriate; transfer information to computerized records.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures; ensure proper and safe use of traffic control measures during field work.

Supervise and participate in staking and establishment of field control for construction projects; measure quantities for payment to contractors and for use in developing as-built drawings.

Supervise the establishment of and maintain City-wide horizontal and vertical control systems.

Maintain records concerning operations and programs; prepare reports on operations and activities.

Evaluate field findings and exercise judgment in the placement of boundaries and location of rights-of-way; direct the preparation of plats, maps and legal descriptions; certify, sign and seal documents, maps and plats for recordation.

Coordinate the development of base maps and oversee geodetic controls.

Coordinate surveying activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of surveying; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services and activities of a surveying program.

Practices and policies of professional service contract negotiation and administration.

Principles and procedures of mapping and techniques used in preparing plats.

Mathematical applications of geometry and mathematics.

Operational characteristics of surveying equipment.

Methods of public works construction.

Principles of municipal budget preparation and control.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Coordinate, direct and participate in surveying activities.

Supervise, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff and contract service providers.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing surveying activities.

Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.

Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.

Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.

Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit.

Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies.

Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility.

Operate precise survey instruments, tools and equipment.

Read, interpret and prepare complex maps and plats.

Perform complex mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.

Evaluate field findings and exercise judgment in the placement of boundaries and location of rights-of-way.

Interpret and explain City surveying policies and procedures.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in field surveying.


Five years of responsible surveying or geographic information systems administration experience including two years of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience in surveying.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Nevada.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Office and field environment; travel from site to site; work around traffic; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Occasional contact with the general public, residents and contractors while performing survey work.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field and office environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; visual acuity for reading survey notes, maps and computer screens; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 08/2018

(Previously Survey Supervisor)

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.