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Friday, 5 April 2019

Job Land Surveyor Department of Agriculture Forest Service, USA

Land Surveyor

Department of Agriculture
Forest Service 
Announcement number
Control number

Gladstone, MI 


    • Open & closing dates
  • 04/05/2019 to 04/18/2019
  • Service
  • Pay scale & grade
    GS 9 - 11
  • Salary
    $51,440 to $80,912 per year
  • Appointment type
  • Work schedule


1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes , entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. Additional relocation benefits are not available. 



This position is located on the Hiawatha National Forest at the Supervisor's Office in Gladstone, MI.
This position will provide overall program support and will work closely with the Zone Land Surveyor/Program Manager.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Loren Everest at 906-428-5844 or email at


  • Duties listed are at the full performance level of GS-11:
  • Plan complex land surveys to be executed either in-house or through contracting.
  • Act as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and/or inspector on contract surveys.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding survey conflicts and boundary disputes.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to other program areas, especially the Lands Program, to assist in managing unauthorized private roads and access needs, and implement a forest-wide boundary line maintenance program.
  • Manage Forest land survey records and accomplishment data in both hardcopy and electronic formats.
  • Enter discovered encroachments into the Title Claims and Encroachment Management System.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required when working away from duty station.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • State Land Surveyor Registration for the state in which duties are performed will be required within one year of selection.
  • This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), IAMAW.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


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 for the 1373-Land Surveying Series and Professional and Scientific Positions Group Coverage Qualification Standard.
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 necessary.

Basic Requirement:
Bachelor's Degree in 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 -- Bachelor degree level courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; -OR-
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-9, you must have one of the following:
1) One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the majority 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;
2) 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;
3) 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 the position that together meets the qualification requirements for this position.

For the GS-11, you must have one of the following:
1) One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the majority 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;
2) 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);
3) 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.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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