These positions are part of the Intermountain Region (Region 4)
Lands and Minerals staff and have responsibility for land surveying
aspects of the unit's land line location and land adjustment
programs. Multiple positions will be filled. The final duty
location will be negotiated at the time of selections.
For additional information about the duties of this position,
please contact Forrest Decker at 801-625-5526 or
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- Responsibilities listed are reflected at the GS-11 level.
- The intent of this position is to become supervisory. Please
see additional information section for more details.
- Provides professional land surveying input for planning and
programming of land surveying priorities. Responsible for the
implementation and accommodation of the finalized program.
- Plans and directs the execution of survey projects of a complex
nature usually associated with boundary disputes or title claims
cases, but also including high-order geodetic surveys,
right-of-way, easement and engineering surveys.
- Recommends solutions to land disputes involving rectangular
public land surveys, patent mining claims, homestead surveys,
easements, right-of-way surveys, etc.
- Provides leadership and technical direction in planning for and
arranging the programming for remoumentation of all property and
property-controlling corners, and declination by posting and
- Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative on survey
projects formally contracted to private firms, prepares
specifications, and/or reviews surveying contracts.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
position for meeting, training, or site visits.
1373 Land Surveying
- Geodetic Surveyors
- Land Surveyors
- Surveyors, Geodetic
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
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
- State Land Surveyor registration for the state(s) in which the
duties will be performed must be obtained and maintained within one
year of selection.
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
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.
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.
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 the basic requirements, the following additional
education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be
provided for qualification based on education. Your application or
resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized
experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as
experience that is typically in or related to the work of the
position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties
of the position.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also
possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-07: You must have one year specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Examples of
specialized experience include most 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. OR Successfully completed one full year (18
semester hours) of graduate-level education, at an accredited
institution, in course work such as land surveying or civil
engineering as described above. OR Have an appropriate combination
of graduate-level education and experience as described above.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited institution.
OR Obtained Superior Academic Achievement (to determine
eligibility, please visit
The education must have been obtained at an accredited institution
and must have been in a curriculum such as land surveying or civil
engineering that is qualifying for a Land Surveyor position an
demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do
GS-9: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the federal service;
OR 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; OR 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. Specialized
experience is defined as the following: Planned and conducted
cadastral surveying projects of a complex nature, usually involving
conflicting title data or fragmentary corner evidence; Assembled
survey project data and performing the necessary mathematical
computations involved in traverse closure, azimuth determination,
state plane coordinate transformation, section subdivision, route
alignment, and location. Prepared preliminary and final survey
plats, drawings, reports, legal records, and title descriptions for
review and approval by a registered land surveyor.
GS-11: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher
level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or
equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position
being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to
at least the GS-9 level in the federal service; OR an appropriate
combination of specialized experience and graduate level education
(beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36
semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Specialized experience is
defined as the following: Provided professional land surveying
input for the planning and programming of land surveying
priorities. Plans and directs the execution of survey projects of a
complex nature usually associated with boundary disputes or title
claims cases, but also including high-order geodetic surveys,
right-of-way, easement, and engineering surveys. Recommended
solutions to land disputes. Consulted with Registrar of Deeds,
County Surveyors, other Registered Land Surveyors, property owners,
Government officials for survey data.
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.
Your resume must clearly document the following for each block
of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work
assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position
title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of
duties performed. This information must be provided for each
permanent, temporary, or seasonal appointment/work assignment or
volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block
of time. Incomplete, inaccurate, or conflicting work history may
not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an
applicant not being considered for the position.
See Qualification section for the Education requirement.