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LAND SURVEYOR

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Performs surveying work consisting of topographic, boundary, cadastral, photogrammetry, construction layout, design, and quantities surveys. Degree in land surveying or professional land surveyor license or equivalent qualifying experience with land surveyor-in-training Certificate is required.

I. Technical

A. Mathematics/coordinate geometry
B. Surveying principles/ethics/standards
C. Computer skills/mapping/field equipment/programmable calculators
D. GPS technology/principles
E. Boundary and cadastral survey principles/procedures
F. Basic legal surveying terminology
G. Basic knowledge of Scope of Work/Services
H. Contract Admin/AE/COTR

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting

III. Safety

A. Care and use of cutting tools
B. Care and use of 4-wheel drive vehicles
C. Basic first aid and CPR
D. Weather conditions and wildlife

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic knowledge of surveying principles, practices and techniques for land surveying, geodetic surveying, and engineering surveying

Ability to apply analytical thinking and make sound decisions

Basic knowledge of field and office procedures, work practices, techniques, and processes for conducting various surveys

Basic knowledge of land ownership laws

Basic knowledge and ability to research records and other data sources to prepare reports

Basic knowledge of surveying mathematical formulae covering both plane and spherical geometry, state plane coordinate systems, and its application in performing surveying computations such as the reduction of stellar observations, curve solutions, line intersects, coordinate inverses, field angle and bearing traverses, quantity surveys, and area solutions

Basic knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of photogrammetry

Basic skill to operate computers, data collectors, and software, especially surveying and civil engineering software. Basic skill to program and operate programmable calculators

Basic skill to operate surveying instruments, such as total stations, theodolites, electronic measuring equipment, etc. Basic working knowledge of GPS technology

Communication skills (verbal and writing) to make personal contacts and communicate effectively to include simple technical reports/scope of work/services and legal descriptions

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Performs surveying work consisting of topographic, boundary, cadastral, photogrammetry, GPS, construction layout, design, and quantities surveys. Degree in land surveying with land surveyor-in-training certificate or professional land surveyor license or equivalent qualifying experience with a land surveyor-in-training certificate is required.

I. Technical

A. Mathematics/state plane coordinate systems/coordinate geometry
B. Surveying principles/ethics/standards, and procedures of rules of evidence
C. Computer mapping operation/processes; field equipment; programmable calculators
D. GPS technology/principles
E. Boundary and cadastral survey principles/procedures
F. Legal surveying terminology
G.Contract Admin/AE/COTR

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting

III. Safety

A. Care and use of cutting tools
B. Care and use of 4-wheel drive vehicles
C. Basic first aid and CPR
D. Weather conditions and wildlife
E. Environment (Urban and Rural)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Same as entry level but at higher level of expertise and complexity plus:

Ability to estimate the type/amount of surveying services required and monitor/evaluate technical quality

Ability to evaluate risks and alternatives to make sound decisions

Ability to field-manage survey crew(s) on one or several projects and train personnel on survey equipment/computers/software

Ability to provide more complex briefings/presentations to a variety of audiences

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Performs professional and technical surveying work consisting of topographic, boundary, cadastral, photogrammetry, GPS, construction layout, design, and quantities surveys.

I. Technical

A. Advanced mathematics including plane and spherical geometry
B. Advanced surveying principles/ethics/standards, and procedures of rules of evidence
C. Extensive computer skills (computer mapping operation/processes; hand-held programmable calculators)
D. GPS technology and principles
E. Extensive knowledge of boundary and cadastral survey principles/procedures
F. Research techniques (office and field)
G. Contract Admin/AE/COTR

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Time Management

III. Safety

A. Care and use of cutting tools
B. Care and use of 4-wheel drive vehicles
C. Basic first aid and CPR
D. Weather conditions and wildlife

E. Environment (Urban and Rural)

IV. Management

A. Cost control
B. Goal and priority setting
C. Planning/scheduling/monitoring work

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Same as developmental level but at higher level of expertise and complexity, plus:

Extensive knowledge of land ownership laws, including County, State, and Federal laws

Ability to serve as A/E Manager and Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR)

Expert, state-of-the-art computer skills

Expert state-of-the-art knowledge of surveying instruments and skills in operating same. Expert knowledge of GPS equipment/technology

Ability to represent NPS before other agencies/commissions; is recognized as an agency's expert/leader in discipline and/or multi-faceted programs

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Essential Competencies
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