Land Survey Crew Chief


Neel-Schaffer is seeking applications from qualified individuals for a Land Survey Crew Chief. Work involves performing the more complex engineering surveying tasks and mathematical computations associated with survey field operations. Assignments require the application of precise knowledge gained through training and experience in the area of specialization.  Supervision will be exercised over a survey crew. Work ordinarily is performed under the general direction of a supervisor. Assignments are received in both specific and general terms with some latitude for determining methods and procedures.

Essential duties and responsibilities may include the following:

  • Acts as crew chief of an engineering survey crew, supervising all phases of work in the field.
  • Personally uses the instrument or level for more difficult survey work.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel in the use of instruments in less exacting work.
  • Maintains survey vehicle and equipment assigned to his crew.
  • Administers survey safety program for his crew.
  • Provides technical assistance and guidance on work methods and procedures to less experience personnel in related work
  • Works closely with all members of survey crew.
  • May have some contact with the public in obtaining information and gaining permission to enter property to perform surveys.
  • May have some client contact.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Overnight and out-of-town travel is required.

Supervisory responsibilities:

Periodically reviewed by manager. Acts with relative independence within the limits of job assignments. Due to nature of survey work, must be able to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performance of duties.

Relationship to others:

Reports to supervisor who provides work assignments, instructions and answers to questions. Can work with members of the firm other than those on his project team.


The survey crew chief works under close supervision and receives specific and detailed instructions.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, experience, and registration:

Graduation from high school or general education degree (GED). Vocational school including course work in engineering technology or surveying preferred. At least seven years’ experience in surveying work.

Language skills:

Considerable knowledge of the standard terminology, techniques and practices of engineering surveying as appropriate to the area of assignment. Ability to read and understand engineering plans.

Mathematical skills:

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Ability to make routine engineering computations accurately.

Computer skills:

Computer literacy is required including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and surveying software. Ability to use computerized surveying instruments is required.  Must be able to access the internet for communication and data transfer.

Other skills and abilities:

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments. Skill in the use of surveying equipment. May be required to operate boats. Must be able and qualified to operate a vehicle.

Physical demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Ability to give and receive information through speaking and listening skills. The employee is regularly required to walk and reach with hands and arms. May frequently exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 25 pounds and/or occasionally exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities are required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may be loud in field conditions.

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