Supervisor of Survey Parties (TE3)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Supervisor of Survey Parties (TE3)


Seattle, WA 


$70,938.00 - $95,432.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT has an exciting opportunity for a Transportation Engineer 3. This position is integral to the Organization’s mission for design, construction, right of way of highways and fish passage projects, by managing survey crews and drone flight teams. In this role, you will oversee multiple survey crews, develop survey work plans, and assign projects to the crews. As the Transportation Engineer 3, you will be responsible for setting project expectations and reviewing the work performed of the crews when collecting survey data. 
What to Expect

This position performs hands on work and/or supervises others that perform work that is often physical in nature and performed primarily outdoors, in inclement weather, traversing rough, steep, and uneven terrain, and near traffic and construction activities. 


Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Supervisor of Survey Parties will:

  • Monitor and track project schedules and expenditures; review progress and determine if the project can be completed within schedule and budget. 
  • Develop options for schedule and cost recovery. 
  • Communicate project status to supervisor and project offices.
  • Serve as a member on survey crews as needed.
  • Coordinate work with design and construction offices.
  • Review survey requests and define scope of work. 
  • Conduct field reviews and develop project schedules, estimates and workforce projections.
  • Perform QA/QC procedures on survey data prior to transmittal to offices. 
  • Review survey data for errors and conformance to WSDOT survey standards.
  • Review drone flight requests and define scope of work; communicate drone flight needs to Pilot In Charge (PIC).
  • Operate conventional and GPS survey equipment; purchase survey equipment, materials and supplies. 



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2, Bridge Engineer 2 or Transportation Planning Specialist 2 or equivalent such as leading survey field crew.
  • Skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
  • Advanced knowledge of surveying and engineering principles.
  • The ability works in inclement weather traverse rough, steep, and uneven terrain, and work near traffic and construction activities.
  • The ability to work nights, weekends, holidays, and/or split shifts. 
  • The ability to relocate tools, equipment, and materials weighing up to 40 pounds from one location to another. 
  • The ability to use WSDOT standard computer software.
  • The ability to operate and maintain survey equipment, instruments, and software.
  • The ability to read, interpret and follow instructions, contracts, policies, and procedures.
  • A valid driver’s license. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • A Washington State Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) or Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT).


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.   
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • Travel is an expectation of this position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.   
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.


Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?


How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 


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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-13165 in the subject line.