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Survey Technician

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Department Of Agriculture Custer , SD 57730

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. This position is established on a Forest Service unit to serve as a skilled member of a survey crew. The incumbent performs a variety of surveying assignments associated with the Forests engineering and cadastral surveying work.

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Carries out standardized operations that are of varied and complex sequence.

Uses simple hand instruments such as hand levels and compasses to collect land survey data. Uses compass and tape to conduct simple traverse surveys.

Makes rough estimates of yardage to be excavated for small land areas, or determines approximate locations to be mapped.

Utilizes specialized skill, requiring concentration, such as recording assignments where manual computations involve elementary arithmetic processes that are made more complex by the number and variety of manipulations involved and by the speed with which successive readings are called. Recognizes inconsistencies in data based on knowledge of standard sequences.

Performs recording assignments where field information is generally prescribed, but of a descriptive nature. Obtains adequate data in accordance with its use. Performs assignments which involve use of judgment in estimating distances, in sketching, and in composing brief notes.

Records and measures areas through use of manual and electronic recording and measuring devices. Reports instances of inadequate recording and operation due to equipment failure or deviation, or changing conditions which have an effect on the operation.

Takes soundings involving the use of a lead-line to measure depths in areas of sedimentation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0817 Survey Technical

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • You must complete a background investigation to check for criminal history

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


No additional requirements.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-04: (6) Six months of general experience and (6) Six months of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-03.

General experience for this position is defined as: Observed technical work, such as construction inspector or surveyor work. Performed general office duties, such as filing and maintaining simple records. Performed simple arithmetic computations. Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Examples of unpaid work include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.

Specialized experience is defined as: Technical work which provides knowledge of the methods, techniques, principles, and terminology of surveying to complete assignments. It must have required the use of the pertinent instruments and techniques of surveying. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, working as an engineering technician, soil conservation technician, or construction inspector; OR served as crew person on land surveys requiring special rodding and leveling procedures, using various types of rods; OR served as pacer of a leveling party and determined positions for the crew to keep observations balanced and instruments level.

  • OR

Successful completion of 2 years of post-secondary education that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of surveying, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science, or mathematics.-OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.

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.


See Qualifications above for Education Requirements.

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Survey Technician

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Department Of Agriculture