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Land Surveyor

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Department Of The Interior Sacramento , CA 94204

Posted 2 months ago

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As a Land Surveyor you will be responsible for land surveying in support of land acquisition and management for either Region 1 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Hawai'i and the Pacific Island Territories) or Region 8 (California and Nevada).

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R1-18-10294401-SG-MP for current and former federal employees. You must apply to each announcement if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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  • Serving as a land surveyor with the responsibility for surveying and mapping of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

  • Preparing new legal descriptions and reviewing record title documents, boundary information, and occupancy of tracts of land proposed for acquisition.

  • Serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative to solicit and review the completion of survey work by contractors.

  • Defining and recommending solutions to complex riparian boundaries (e.g. tidelands, submerged lands, swamp and overflowed lands, navigable lakes and rivers) including retracement, and examination of historical documents.

  • Assisting the Regional Land Surveyor on land survey matters involving land survey activities, federal property and boundary surveys, including disputed boundary claims, and property ownership.

Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation

  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

  • Disclosure of Financial Interests (OGE Form 450)

  • Obtain and maintain valid state driver's license

  • Obtain and maintain appropriate FAC-C (Contracting Officer's Representative) Certification (or equivalent)

  • Obtain and maintain Professional Land Surveyor certificate of registration in ove of several specified states within 2 years of entry on duty


Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. All applicants must meet one of the following:

A. I have successfully completed 4 full years of study leading to a Bachelor's degree or higher in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.

B. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

C. I have satisfied the Basic requirements for this series by having a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS. In addition to the Basic Education Requirement above:

Applicants for the GS-11 level must meet one of the following:

A. I possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service which required me to perform the following duties: 1) under the supervision of a professional land surveyor, plans and conducts the field work required for boundary surveys, including evidence search, control survey and data collection, and may direct subordinate employees in this work; 2) under the supervision of a professional land surveyor, plans and conducts the office work required for boundary surveys, including research, calculations and mapping.

B. I possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to this position.

C. I possess a combination of qualifying specialized experience and qualifying graduate education (both as described above) that, when computed as percentages of their respective requirements, equals at least 100% when combined. Only education beyond the second graduate year (36 semesters) is creditable using this method.

Applicants for the GS-12 must meet the following:

A. I possess one full year of specialized land survey experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service which required me to perform all of the following duties: 1) applying land surveying disciplines (e.g. mapping, writing legal descriptions, deed construction and interpretation; 2) utilizing Federal or State laws and regulations relative to land conveyances, surveying and land surveying case law; and 3) utilizing measuring systems (e.g. photogrammetry, remote sensing, computer software, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and Total Stations).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-12. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit:

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Land Surveyor

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