County Surveyor/CA Licensed Land Surveyor

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on December 24, 2021
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Position Information

Salary Range
$53.69 - $65.26/Hourly
$4,295.20 - $5,220.80/Biweekly
$9,338.12 - $11,350.45/Monthly
$112,057.47 - $136,205.45/Annually
Bring your CA licensed land surveyor expertise to Permit Sonoma. Become the County of Sonoma's next County Surveyor.
Starting salary up to $65.26/hour ($136,205/year), upon appointment by the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors as the County Surveyor, and a competitive total compensation package!*

What We Offer

When you join Permit Sonoma you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. Additionally, you can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:
 Payment of renewal costs for professional CA licensure as a Land Surveyor
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Become the Next Leader of Permit Sonoma's Survey and Land Development Section

As the County Surveyor, you will perform a wide-variety of difficult field and office professional surveying work in connection with private land development as well as public sector project development and design. Typical project activities involve performing plan check, boundary and right-of-way analysis, and interpreting legal descriptions of property; working with acquisitions and vacations for road abandonment, Administrative Certificates of Compliance (ACCs), improvement plans, lot line adjustment, and records of survey; and using AutoCAD, Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Additionally, this position is responsible for supervising, planning, coordinating, and scheduling the work of survey crews and technical staff within the Survey and Land Development Section.

In this position you will resolve various land boundary, development, and survey challenges; provide your guidance and expertise in survey-related matters to department staff; and explain technical information and legal requirements to non-technical customers and partners. You will also represent Permit Sonoma before official bodies, regulatory agencies, subcontractors, developers, and the general public; and serve on the Project Review Advisory Committee (PRAC).

Candidates for this position must be licensed by the State of California as a Land Surveyor. However, the ideal candidate for this position possesses extensive, practical knowledge of the California Environmental Quality, Land Surveyors, and Subdivision Map Acts. They also have experience applying boundary law, and have the ability to effectively make decisions and presentations as the County Surveyor. Additionally, the candidate most qualified to become the next County Surveyor will have:
  • Experience performing boundary analysis; documenting monuments; and preparing corner records, records of survey, and legal descriptions of property
  • Effective leadership skills, supervisory experience, and the consistent ability to productively engage and communicate well with a wide variety of personalities and audiences
  • Tact, an optimistic attitude; and enjoys working with and cares about the community
  • Experience preparing contracts for consultant services, and ensuring project compliance with state mandates
  • Intellectual curiosity, and be energized by researching process improvements and efficiencies
The County of Sonoma is the place to live, grow, and build your career legacy. When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award-winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about the beauty of our community and the valuable services and support that the Division provides the County of Sonoma, please visit and Permit Sonoma's website.

*The Civil Service title of this position is Licensed Land Surveyor. The salary for Licensed Land Surveyor is $48.81 - $ 59.33/hourly; salary is negotiable within the established range. Upon appointment by the Board of Supervisors as the County Surveyor, Permit Sonoma's Licensed Land Surveyor receives a 10% premium pay for hours worked performing the duties of official County Surveyor. Within the premium, the salary range of the position is $53.69 - $65.26/hourly. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Western Counsel of Engineers Memorandum Of Understanding (WCE MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.
Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a County Surveyor/CA Licensed Land Surveyor position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.