Survey Technician

Department Of Agriculture Sparks , NV 89432

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in various duty location within the Intermountain Region. Location will be determined upon selection.

Under the zoned Lands Org., the position performs a variety of technical land survey duties related to

locating, marking, and maintaining boundaries and corners for land management activities on multiple

National Forest units.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Forrest Decker at 801-625-5226

or email

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  • Duties listed are at the full performance level of the GS-09.

  • Plans technical cadastral surveying projects, including preparing and coordinating preliminary project plans, specifications, and estimates for proposed projects.

  • Obtains needed landownership status and corner status records.

  • Examines previous survey reports, and researches legal and historical records.

  • Evaluates information for evidence of any conflicts in title or potential issues that could affect the planned survey project.

  • Maintains, calibrates, and adjusts instruments and equipment used to carry out survey project activities.

  • Provides technical guidance to other survey technicians in use and maintenance of survey tools and equipment.

  • Carries out technical land surveying project activities

  • Monitors activities and accomplishments, making adjustments, as needed, in planned survey projects.

  • Exercises seasoned judgment, resourcefulness, and a comprehensive practical knowledge of land surveying to locate and identify property lines, property corners, survey monuments, etc.

  • Performs computations to validate and refine survey data in order to determine the location of property boundary lines and property corners, route location/alignment, traverse closures, etc.

Travel Required
75% or less - The position requires work performed both in field and office settings. During the field season, crews may be required to work 10 hour days with evenings spent at isolated, primitive field camps. Field work is usually in areas of variable mountainous terrain and extreme temperature variation. These locations are often remote with limited vehicular access and wilderness type settings.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0817 Survey Technical

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

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

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-07: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for qualifying is: (Must meet 2 of the 3 to be qualified) Operated and maintained a variety of manual and electronic devices such as transits, theodolites, levels, alidades, distance measuring and positioning equipment, or other instruments used on land surveys; compiled topographic maps, survey plats, and related information using appropriate equipment and techniques to obtain and depict all details and information pertinent to the intended purpose; independently measured uncomplicated surveys and resolved technical problems


successfully completed 1 full year of graduate education from an accredited or pre-accredited institution which is directly related to the work of the position. Examples are: surveying, engineering, construction, or industrial technology. One year of full-time graduate education is the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)


have a combination of education AND experience described above.

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.

This position has non competitive promotion potential to the GS-08 and GS-09 levels. The full performance level of this position is the GS-09.

There are 2 vacant position to fill with a choice of duty locations when selected . One position will be filled in either South Jordan, UT or Idaho Falls, ID. One position will be filled in either Boise, ID or Sparks, NV.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


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Survey Technician

Department Of Agriculture