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Arlington County, Virginia
$48,817.60 - $74,568.00 Annually
May 27, 2022
Jul 01, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking two (2) skilled technical Survey Instrument Operators to join a field survey team working on various infrastructure projects throughout Arlington County. These employees serve as instrument persons on varied surveys including: location, right of way, property, construction stake out, and topographic mapping. Supervision is received from the Survey Party Chief.

Specific duties include:

  • Reading/reviewing plans and drawings;
  • Operating surveying instruments such as Topcon and Sokkia Electronic Total Stations, Carlson Data Collectors, Lidar Scanners, and engineering levels;
  • Running traverse lines, level circuits and triangulations from known points;
  • Preparing field notes and sketches;
  • Downloading electronic data from Data Collector to central computer;
  • Cleaning, checking and adjusting survey instruments to assure accuracy of measurements; and
  • Assisting with training survey staff.
Work involves the following:

  • Working outside for long periods of time under adverse weather conditions;
  • Lifting heavy manhole covers;
  • Driving stakes, and using sledge hammers and related tools; and
  • Driving throughout the County to perform survey work.
The ideal candidates will have excellent arithmetic skills to apply algebraic, trigonometric, or geometric techniques in practical situations.

Selection Criteria


  • High School Diploma/GED;
  • Valid Driver's License; and
  • Two years of experience in field surveying as an engineering aide or survey instrument operator or in a related field.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Technical courses in surveying or civil engineering;
  • Experience reading/interpreting engineering plans or drawings;
  • Experience using electronic total station instruments, engineering levels, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS equipment), and/or CADD field surveying systems; and/or
  • Experience performing construction stake out, topographic mapping, boundary surveys and/or Lidar scanning.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid driver license. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Personal Protective Equipment: Due to the work environment and as a condition of employment, Arlington County employees may be required to wear various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing duties, which will be provided by Arlington County.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Covid-19 Vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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