Survey Party Lead

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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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 is currently seeking a Survey Party Lead (Transportation Engineer 2) to support the survey activities of the Olympic Region and the Right of Way Plans Office, leading a crew for field mapping, staking, Right of Way data acquisition, and survey data processing. This position provides quality survey data, which is required as a first step to develop engineering and eventually construction plans for WSDOT. The survey data provided improves the safety, quality, and capacity of the Washington State’s Transportation system by providing the data for contract plans development. The Survey Party Lead expected to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out assignments according to established policies, procedures, and standards.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Survey Party Lead will:

  • Direct survey crew performing alignment control, location survey work using manual and/or electronic data collection procedures.
  • Determine data collection needs as well as accurate, efficient, and safe operation of the party; train party members in all aspects of surveying and safety procedures.
  • Teach and operate instruments such as Total Station, Data Collector, Global Positioning System/Real Time Kinematics and Reference Network equipment, levels, and other survey instruments to collect topography data and stake Right of Way, location and construction as requested.
  • Collaborate with lead of parties on survey requests and scheduling.
  • Research jobs and calculate preliminary alignments in INROADS.
  • Quality check daily files and deliverables prepared by crew members; make calculations to set up jobs.
Survey work is performed during the daytime, outdoors, in inclement weather, in densely wooded highly vegetative areas or sprawling urban environments. Exposure to hazards may include exhaust, high-speed traffic, steep or uneven terrain, near bodies of water, transporting survey equipment.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Two (2) years of experience performing semi-skilled technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 3 or equivalent education and/or experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  • Certification as an Engineer-in-Training
  • Land Surveyor in Training may be substituted for the two (2) years’ experience.
In addition to the above, the following is also required:
  • Valid Driver’s license to operate a state vehicle.
  • Basic knowledge of principles and practices of highway surveying and engineering
  • Skills to perform calculations and basic level highway design
  • Knowledge and skills relating to the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of survey equipment
  • Knowledge of engineering and surveying software used for the development of complex transportation projects in the office and in the field.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices in traffic and field.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 
  • ATA in Civil Engineering/Surveying, or Land Surveyor in Training, or Professional Land Surveyor license.
Important Notes 
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.  
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate 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 offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 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. NOTE: This information may 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, Alyssa Nastasi at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-OR-30547 in the subject line.