In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility
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.
GS-1373 Land Surveyor
1, Degree: 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.
2, Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
3, The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a 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 level:
No specialized experience required. Applicants who meet the basic education requirements described above are fully qualified for the GS-05 entry grade.
For the GS-7, you must have one of the following:
One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes meeting one or more of the following:: Check and compile field survey data; make appropriate mathematical computations for traverse closures. Under supervision of higher grade employees, conduct routine analysis, and prepare routine legal descriptions, plats, and/or survey reports. Receive training and experience in the practical application of basic land surveying principles, theories, methods, techniques and practices. Work closely with higher grade professionals and technicians to acquire the experience necessary to plan, organize, and execute field surveying projects;
Successful completion of one or more years of graduate level education (at least 18 semester hours/27 quarter hours) with coursework directly related to land surveying or civil engineering;
Combination of graduate education as stated above and specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-05) that is directly related to land surveying or civil engineering that together meets the qualification requirements (100% when combined) for this position;
Superior Academic Achievement through one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member.1) Class standing: I was in the upper third of my graduating class of my college or university or one of its major subdivisions, such as the Department or School of Agricultural Sciences, based on my completed courses;(2) GPA: My college GPA is 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on my official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during my final 2 years of the curriculum; or my college GPA is 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or(3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society as listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. My education has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
For the GS-9, you must have one of the following:
One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes meeting one or more of the following: Work as an advanced trainee performing duties of limited scope and complexity in all aspects of land surveying activities. Direct 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. Study 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. Conduct limited record searches; evaluate the information obtained; and perform the necessary survey work associated with the initial location or re-identification of property lines, section corners, and surveying monuments;
Successful completion of two full years (36 semester hours/54 quarter hours) of graduate level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree with course work directly related to land surveying or civil engineering;
Combination of graduate education (beyond 18 semester hours/27 quarter hours) as stated above and specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-07) that is directly related to land surveying or civil engineering that together meets the qualification requirements (100% when combined) for this position.
For the GS-11, you must have one of the following:
One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes meeting one or more of the following: Assist supervisor in planning complex projects including geodetic surveys, right-of-way, easement, and engineering surveys; provide technical guidance and training to survey crews performing cadastral, geodetic, right-of-way, and engineering surveys; serve as a contract inspector ensuring compliance with contract specifications on survey projects contracted to private surveying firms; research and evaluate records for areas targeted for complex survey projects; recommend actions to assist with issue resolution; prepare preliminary and final survey plats, drawings, reports, legal records, and title descriptions;
Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to land surveying or civil engineering);
An appropriate combination of specialized experience as listed above and graduate level education with coursework directly related to land surveying or civil engineering (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).
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.