Survey Engineer 2

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on April 1, 2021

King County Road Services Division, Engineering Section is looking for a Survey Engineer (Engineer 2) to join our dynamic team! Our successful candidate will serve in and Oversee survey crew activities. This position is also responsible for conducting preliminary surveys such as roads, flood control projects, and building sites. If you have an understanding of civil engineering and have a passion for working with a team that encourages and embraces diversity, come work with us!

 Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to:

  •  Oversee survey crew activities; direct the survey crew on procedures for the day.
  • Conduct various types of surveys including GPS, property, legal, boundary, topographic, hydrographic, control and construction surveys.
  • Layout centerline alignment staking, rights-of-way and slope easement staking, slope staking, blue tops, bridge control, and reference points for related construction layout.  
  • Use AutoCAD software to produce detailed survey maps for use in engineering design, contract documents, land division, court exhibits, survey records.
  • AutoCAD quality control.
  • Management of drafting deadlines, schedules, and drafting Que.
  • Updating drafting protocols, standards, technical updates and training staff on autoCAD updates.
  • Transfer field data to office computers, edit files and construct digital terrain models for office staff review and complete survey map. 
  • Perform heavy labor tasks such as loading and unloading of equipment and supplies, digging holes, setting monuments and cases, cutting brush and/or trees, pounding wooden hubs and rebar into the ground or pavement
  • Conduct preliminary surveys such as roads, flood control projects, building sites, setting property corners, and perform geodetic control surveys.
  • Operate Global Positioning Systems (GPS), total stations, electronic data collectors, digital theomats, theodolites, levels and other complex survey instruments.
  • Serve as Party Chief in accordance with the Survey unit standard procedures
  • Calibrate and adjust total stations, digital theomats, theodolites, levels and other survey equipment.
  • Read and interpret design plans and drawings of roads and structures. Perform all necessary field computations (i.e. traverses, intersection details, grade lines, elevation locations, triangulation, etc.) to accomplish field surveys on assigned projects
     We are looking for candidates who:
  • Are familiar with survey, roadway feature maintenance and construction practices, standards and design principals;
  • Have the ability to be a strong and effective people leader who can have crucial conversations and is knowledgeable of project management principles;
  • Is knowledgeable of hydrology and hydraulic design of storm water systems;
  • Have experience in effectively working with a team that contributes to a work environment that embraces and encourages diversity in its workforce and where differences are valued; 
  • Can manage and prioritize a high volume of diverse projects and multiple competing tasks with a strong attention to detail;
  • Are skilled in problem solving and can effectively manage conflict;
  • Are able to handle politically sensitive issues with grace; 
  • Are proficient in the use the Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Project) applications in your daily work, and skill using AutoCADD, Civil3D, HEC-RAS, MGS Flood, GPS and GIS programs.
    Additional Requirements
  • A valid Washington State drivers license.
Supplemental Information
  • The typical work schedule for this position is 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. This position is overtime eligible. 
  • This position is represented by Professional Technical Employees Local 17. 
  • This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including special duty assignments and TLT opportunities.
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after January 8, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
 To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  

King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.
The King County Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner to protect the public's investment and facilitate safe travel. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 182 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County. ABOUT KING COUNTY
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
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The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerrell Hollis, Senior HR Analyst,  by e-mail at, or by phone at (206)477-4318.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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