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Supervising Land Surveyor

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Closing date
Jun 22, 2023

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Supervising Land Surveyor

Valley Water

Salary: $139,048.00 - $177,902.40 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01621-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Design and Construction

Closing: Continuous

NOTE Regarding Salary: A 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will apply as of 6-26-23
Do you possess a Professional Land Surveyor license from the state of California? Are you a dedicated people manager - adept at motivating, mentoring, and developing staff while making sure the work gets done? If so, check out this rare Supervising Land Surveyor opportunity at Valley Water.

With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways, and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community.

Valley Water manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams. Valley Water provides wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to nearly 2 million people in Santa Clara County that stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.

The Supervising Land Surveyor supervises a team of nine field surveyors and participates in professional land surveying work primarily in field surveying. The Supervising Land Surveyor must possess a Professional Land Surveyor license and will hold the responsibility of reviewing, stamping and approving documents.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Plan, schedule, assign, monitor and evaluate the work of staff engaged in field surveying and right-of-way plats and descriptions; provide training and technical support to assigned staff.
• Conduct field reviews; analyze, resolve, and act on problems requiring immediate action such as construction staking projects, deed, map, and right-of-way conflicts. Monitor and improve the LSMU GPS Real Time Network.
• Administer consultant and professional services contracts; prepare and review contract documents and monitor the work of such contractors.
• Prepare time and cost estimates of assigned work responsibilities for various projects.
• Sign and seal official documents on behalf of the Land Surveying and Mapping Unit Manager. Review construction plans to assure complete right-of-way and survey information.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience:

• A minimum of six (6) years of experience in performing engineering survey work in either a field or office environment.
• Two (2) or more years of experience performing lead responsibilities as a land surveyor is required but the ideal candidate has supervisory experience, managing direct reports, preferably supervising staff engaged in field surveying.
• Substantial experience with the research and development of RW plats and descriptions.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Plan, organize, schedule, assign, train, review, and evaluate the work of staff.
• Organize, implement, direct, and perform the most complex surveying and right-of-way activities.
• Prepare technical computations and drawings.
• Read and interpret complex maps and property descriptions.
• Gather and analyze technical survey data.
• Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and Valley Water policies and procedures.
• Identify problems, research, and analyze relevant information, and develop and present recommendations and justification for solution.
• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
• Perform mathematical and statistical calculations.
• Establish and maintain clear records.
• Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Use tact, initiative, independent judgment, and prudence within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
• Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ideal Knowledge:

• All surveying disciplines, including boundary, leveling, GPS, topography, scanning, Right of Way plats and descriptions.
• Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
• Basic principles and practices of budget development, administration, and accountability and contract administration.
• Principles and practices of right-of-way engineering and surveying.
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures including the Land Surveyors Act and the Subdivision Map Act.
• English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
• Principles and techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to completion of two years of college with major coursework in pre-engineering or related field or completion of a specialized surveying curriculum.

Required License or Certificate

• A valid Professional Land Surveyor license issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate may be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

To review the Classification Specification, please click
Land Surveying and Mapping Unit (Position Code 17)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.

This posting will close without notice. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure consideration for this role.

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021, Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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