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County Surveyor

Job Description – County Surveyor Position


Position Summary: Under administrative direction of the Public Works Director, plans, participates, organizes, and directs the work of the Surveyor Division of the Public Works Department including, construction staking, surveying for design project, review of land development plans, development review as related to Public Works Department functions, field operations, and office operations; and performs related work as required.


The following duties are normal for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  1. Participates, organizes, and directs team work for design and construction surveys for county road and bridge projects.

  2. Reviews all land development plots and plans.

  3. Maintains, develops, automates, and implements systems, guidelines, policies, and procedures for the operation of the Surveyor Department; creates technical guidelines to ensure uniformity and provide a professional standard.

  4. Directs the review of all maps and documentation prior to recordation in order to ensure compliance with State and county laws and regulations.

  5. Directs the work of field and office staff in conducting field surveys, preparation of maps, legal descriptions, development review, and right of way research; sets performance standards and evaluates professional, para-professional, and clerical personnel responsible for County Surveyor functions through subordinate staff.

  6. Coordinates the review of all activities of land development relating to the Public Works Department requirements, including civil engineering projects, design and preparation, and review of construction plans to ensure they are surveyed correctly.

  7. Prepares and monitors the annual budget for the Surveyor Division.

  8. Reviews, analyzes, and interprets policies, guidelines, and legislation to assure the County's compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; through subordinates, enforces laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to county surveying; and ensures that records of survey, parcel maps, tract maps, lot line adjustments, corner records, and voluntary mergers are in compliance with laws, ordinances, policies, and practices.

  9. Assists private surveyors, engineers, and the general public in land surveying related problems.

  10. Represents the County at various public meetings and conferences to provide information of a technical nature. Oversee Survey Documentation.

    Starting Salary Range: $36.07 to $39.05 per hour - DOE                              

    EMPLOYMENT Requirements : Possession of a valid Land Surveyor's License, or a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is preferred but not required. Will also consider candidates with LSIT credentials.   

    1. Four years of increasingly responsible professional surveying experience, including one year in a supervisory capacity, or,
    2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

    Knowledge of: principles, practices, and procedures of land surveying, land development, and mapping; federal and state laws relating to land surveying and subdivision of land; principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training; budget preparation; and computerized mapping technologies as they relate to surveying.

    Ability to: establish goals and objectives; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; formulate, explain, and interpret policy; analyze and interpret technical information and/or property descriptions for surveying or related operations; exercise independent judgment; make complex computations involving areas, curves, traverses, and closures involved in precise surveys; prepare correspondence and reports; make public presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; deal effectively with representatives of other organizations and the public.

    DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION: Possession of a Bachelor's degree or Associate’s degree in land surveying, engineering, or a closely related field is highly desirable.

    Positions open until filled

    McKenzie County offers an excellent benefit package including:

    Health Insurance – Health & Child Care Flexible Spending Program Group Life

    Insurance – Retirement – Optional Deferred Comp Plan

    Vacation – Sick Leave – Paid Holidays

    An applicant who is a resident of North Dakota and eligible to claim veterans’ preference must abide by the Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines available at and submit any documentation with an otherwise complete application.    

    Submit resume and/or application by mail, email, or hand deliver to:

    McKenzie County Human Resources
    201 5th St NW, Suite 700
    Watford City, ND 58854

    Equal Opportunity Employer      

McKenzie County

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