• 02 Feb 2017 10:27 AM
    Message # 4583757
    PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Firwood Design Group (FDG) is a growing civil/environmental and land surveying firm that has been providing professional services for over 14 years. We have a diverse clientele that includes both private and public sectors, offering a variety of projects. We serve the greater Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington.

    This position is responsible for the planning and directing of professional land surveying activities and one or more survey crews. The survey program director develops the department policies and protocols in line with the company goals and standards to provide a quality, accurate and reliable service/product. This leadership position works within general methods and procedures and exercises considerable independent judgment to select the proper courses of action. The work requires knowledge of the policies, procedures, and regulations of overseeing, motivating and building a survey program, including supervisory techniques, personnel policies, and procedures.

    The job duties listed are typical examples of the day to day work to be performed and or provide supervision over:

    • Prepare project fee estimates and written proposals for survey services.
    • Maintain records, prepares reports, and composes correspondence relative to the work.
    • Direct the preparation of survey maps, plans, and exhibits.
    • Provide surveying expertise to special surveying problems.
    • Report facts and conclusions reached from the results of surveys by correspondence or conferences with the requesting agencies.
    • Meet with planning and design engineers and architects to determine pertinent information required for project plans.
    • Solve field problems of survey crews by providing needed information from the office.
    • Handle correspondence directed to the surveying crew and as a liaison with other surveyors and officials of various other agencies.
    • Perform preparatory research for upcoming surveys.
    • Plan and supervise: Right-of-Way Alignment Surveys, Topographic and Boundary Surveys,
    • Construction Surveys, Geodetic Control Surveys and, Public Land Survey System retracement surveys.
    • Prepare and/or certify survey maps and reports, property descriptions.
    • Research Right-of-Way conflicts and recommend solutions.
    • Manage projects including client communications, budget oversight and billing review.
    • Oversees equipment, ensures properly calibrated, maintained and in proper working condition.
    • Performs related work as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Thorough knowledge of GPS and conventional survey instrumentation and methods.
    • Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and materials used in survey work.
    • Thorough knowledge of surveying instruments and equipment and their use and care.
    • Thorough knowledge of state law regarding the establishment of plats, property lines, and survey monuments.
    • Thorough knowledge of training and supervisory techniques.
    • Thorough knowledge of equal employment practices.
    • Ability to instruct, direct, and evaluate employees.
    • Ability to use surveying equipment.
    • Ability to coordinate an office-field surveying activity.
    • Ability to train others in surveying work.
    • Ability to communicate effectively.
    • Ability to maintain favorable public relations.

    Supervision Received and Exercised

    • Works under the moderate to general supervision of the Firm Principal.
    • Supervises field survey staff.
    • Supervises technical office staff on survey projects.
    • Evaluates and verifies employee performance through the review of completed work assignments and work techniques.
    • Identifies staff development and training needs and ensures that training is obtained.
    • Coordinates activities by scheduling work assignments, setting priorities, and directing the work of subordinate employees.
    • Review employee timesheets
    • Ensures proper labor relations and conditions of employment are maintained.

    Working Conditions

            Employee may be required to travel.

    Physical Requirements

    • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 80 pounds.
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office or moderately loud when in the field.
    • Work may routinely require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
    • Work is performed under all weather conditions, often on busy streets or construction sites, involves extensive standing and walking and includes clearing brush, working in swamps, manholes and on difficult slopes

    Special Requirements, Licenses, and Certifications

    • Possession of a valid professional land surveyor license issued by the State of Oregon, possession of valid State of Oregon Drivers license.
    • Washington land surveyors license is desirable.

    To be considered for this position please send a resume and a cover letter to

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