Job Overview


About the Agency

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us and become a vital part of our Surveys and Mapping Team. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your survey experience performing and leading others in accomplishing geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, cartographic and hydrographic surveys. You will be a valued team member and your surveying work will support the planning, design and construction of civil engineering structures and in geological and environmental projects.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, in Sacramento, CA.  Information about Sacramento can be found on the internet at:" Information on the Mid-Pacific Region visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


Position may be filled at the GS-07, GS-08 or GS-09 level.  The duties of the GS-7 and GS-8 are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-9.  The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level.  Note: Promotion is not automatic. At the full performance level, performs the following:

  • Serves as survey party chief leading subordinate survey technicians in performing all types of surveys such as topographic, hydrographic, cadastral, geodetic, control, engineering, and route surveys of varying degrees of accuracy. Also serves as a one-person survey crew on surveys.
  • Receives work orders and determines the type of survey required, priorities, deadlines, equipment etc. to complete surveys. Plans and schedules field work.
  • Trains and provides day-to-day direction to subordinate surveying technicians concerning field survey operations.
  • Researches control, legal documents, and federal or county records to determine rights of entry and property ownership or boundaries. Resolves problems caused by inconclusive or conflicting data.
  • Uses the latest in surveying equipment technology, instrumentation and equipment. 
  • Establishes horizontal and vertical control on new projects. Determines the geodetic and/or state plane coordinates of control points, requiring various orders of precision.
  • Inspects survey work performed by contract parties to ensure compliance with contract provisions and to detect infractions or erroneous field data.
  • Prepares survey data reports, survey descriptions, and mapping coordinates.
  • Performs data analysis, computation, compilation, and maintenance of control data and historical records.
  • Uses computer aided drafting software programs to download and process survey data.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • Frequent travel required up to 75% to conduct surveys at project sites.

Relocation Authorized

  • No