General Description

Chris Nelson & Associates, Inc. is currently seeking a Survey Crew Chief to join our team. The right candidate will have experience in all areas of land surveying with the ability to manage members of a field survey crew, as well as knowledge of all phases of development including design surveys, ALTA/NSPS surveys, topographic mapping, boundary establishment, tract maps, parcel maps, records of survey, legal descriptions and GPS control surveys. 5 years of Survey Crew Chief experience is preferred.

Required Qualifications

  • Licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in California.
  • Ability to assign, prioritize, schedule and delegate work.
  • Explain technical concepts to others and provide constructive feedback.
  • Direct, train, and evaluate the performance of staff.
  • Enforce safety procedures.
  • Work independently.
  • Analyze data, as well as read and interpret engineering plans.
  • Collect, calculate and adjust mathematical computations such as distances, traverses and elevations.
  • Operate and maintain complex precision surveying instruments, engineering calculators and personal computers.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with government staff, engineers, developers, contractors and the general public

Example Duties

  • Acts as leader for a field survey crew engaged in making plane and/or geodetic surveys for construction, topographic, right-of-way, and control survey projects.
  • Participates in pre-survey planning meetings with project managers, resident engineers and contractor’s representatives.
  • Assigns and monitors workload and provides input for evaluation of members of field survey crew.
  • Instructs and trains field survey crew in surveying and mapping methods, use of equipment and safety procedures.
  • Gathers field survey data through use of conventional and Global Positioning System (GPS) methods.
  • Sets up, adjusts, and operates surveying equipment, including electronic total station, data collector, and GPS equipment, in order to measure distances, elevations, and angles.
  • Prepares field notes and drawings.
  • Performs field surveys for roadways, bridges, and flood control projects, including installing surveying construction stakes, tying out existing intersection ties, locating or establishing vertical and horizontal control, right-of-ways, monuments, corners, boundaries, and property lines.

About Us

  • Top tier civil engineering and land surveying company servicing all of Southern California.
  • Culture that encourages a relaxed, yet professional work environment.
  • Emphasis on employee mentorship, cross-training, and providing career advancement opportunities.


  • Competitive benefits including 401k, Dental, Vision, Health, Paid Holiday and Sick Leave.
  • Salary compensation depending on experience and ability.

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