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Land Surveyor

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Kalispell
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




There is one position which will be located in Region 1 in either Coeur d'Alene, ID or Kalispell, MT, location will be determined at time of selection. Please select all duty locations you are willing to accept.

The incumbent performs land surveys and related work in a zoned organization.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Eric Phillips at or (208)765-7291.

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  • The duties listed are at the full performance grade level (GS-09).
  • Plans and conducts cadastral surveying projects , involving conflicting title data or fragmentary corner evidence requiring research, evaluation and the proper application of pertinent State and Federal laws, under a registered land surveyor.
  • Assembles all survey project data and performs the necessary mathematical computations involved in traverse closure, azimuth determination, state plane coordinate transformation, section subdivision, route alignment, and location.
  • Prepares preliminary and final survey plats, drawings, reports, legal records, and title descriptions for review and approval by a registered land surveyor.
  • Serves as a contract inspector ensuring compliance with contract specifications on survey projects contracted with private surveying firms.
  • Provides technical guidance and training to Forest survey personnel performing cadastral, geodetic, rights-of-way, and engineering surveys.
  • Performs maintenance, calibration, and adjustment of precision surveying instruments and related equipment.

Travel Required

50% or less - Overnight travel is required for field work, training and meetings.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1373 Land Surveying

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • 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 E-Verify.


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.

Basic Requirement for the Land Surveying Series, GS-1373:

A. Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


C. Current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-05: Meeting the Basic Requirements identified above satisfies requirements for the GS-05 grade level.

For the GS-7: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as most of the following: checked and compiled field survey data; made appropriate mathematical computations for traverse closures. Under supervision of higher grade employees, conducted routine analysis, and prepared routine legal descriptions, plats, and/or survey reports. Received training and experience in the practical application of basic land surveying principles, theories, methods, techniques and practices. Worked closely with higher grade professionals and technicians to acquire the experience necessary to plan, organize, and execute field surveying projects.


one full year of graduate level education;


an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

For the GS-9: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as most of the following: worked as an advanced trainee performing duties of limited scope and complexity in all aspects of land surveying activities. Directed field surveying projects of sufficient scope to promote the continued growth and development in cadastral surveying as well as application of State and Federal land laws. Studied routine cases requiring historical searches of property ownership; previous surveys of the area; and the pattern of political, geographic, and economic influences that surround the property involved. Conducted limited record searches; evaluated the information obtained; and performed the necessary survey work associated with the initial location or re-identification of property lines, section corners, and surveying monuments.


a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;


an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

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.

Physical Demands: The work requires substantial physical exertion including extended periods of foot travel over steep, mountainous terrain and forested areas. The incumbent lifts and carries survey equipment into remote areas.

Work Environment: Work is performed in office and field settings. Field survey work frequently involves exposure to adverse weather conditions, extremes in temperature, and hazards associated with travel over steep, rocky terrain or heavily forested areas. There are moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites that require special precautions and the use of safety equipment.


See above for information on qualifying education.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Coeur d'Alene , Land Surveyor, Other , Kalispell, Idaho

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