Survey Technician

Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


This is a public notice flyer to notify interested applicants of anticipated vacancies. Applications will NOT be accepted through this flyer. Interested applicants should review the "How to Apply" section of this flyer for more information on how to be considered. This flyer will be used as positions become available. There may or may not be actual vacancies filled from this flyer.
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  • Serves as a member of the survey team supporting civil works, interagency, and military projects using knowledge of geodetic, topographic, and bathymetric surveying process and procedures.
  • Operates various types of survey equipment such as sonars, theodolites, total stations, and data collectors and software such as CADD, hydrographic/topographic/geodetic (data collection, editing, analysis), word processing, spreadsheet/ database.
  • Prepares field notes, reference maps, sketches, surveying engineering computations, data processing, coordinates calculations, and geodetic control research for surveying and engineering projects.
  • Integrates, configures, and calibrates surveying engineering systems for hydrographic, topographic, and geodetic surveying.
  • Process, evaluate, and edits field data for use in a CADD and Geospatial Information System for mapping, design, and analysis.

Travel Required

75% or less - Business travel up to 75 % may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • The duties of this position require the incumbent to possess or obtain and maintain a valid state Driver's License.
  • Incumbent is required obtain and maintain a USACE license for the operation of motorboats less than 26 feet within 6 months of employment.
  • This position requires to boat spaces through hatch within limit of 15 inches within limited space.
  • This position requires applicant to be able to operate a chain saw that weigh 20 lbs.
  • This position requires lifting equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds.
  • This position requires a annual hearing conservation test.
  • This position requires working outside, standing, climbing , and walking through rugged terrain.
  • This position requires business travel up to 75% travel.
  • This position requires the completion of a pre-employment physical.
  • This position requires you to comply with safety regulations, occupational safety and health standards, and other safety directives and orders.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Specialized Experience GS-6: Operates various types of survey equipment to collect data associated with dredging and civil works projects such as automatic and digital levels and electronic positioning systems. Utilizes calculators and computer systems to perform surveying and engineering calculations to determine coordinates, angles, and distances.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-5).

Specialized Experience GS-7: Has knowledge and experience of bathymetric and topographic using survey equipment to collect and process data associated with dredging and civil works projects such as global positioning systems, theodolites, single beam sonars, sound velocity profilers, and multi-beam sonars. Utilizes HYPACK Hydrographic Survey Software Suite for data collection and processing of hydrographic survey data.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-6).

Specialized Experience GS-8: Has an advanced knowledge and experience of surveying such as precise leveling, multi-beam surveying data collection and analysis, side scan sonar survey data collection and interpretation and analysis of data. Calibrates and troubleshoots surveying equipment such as sonar and positioning systems. Operate various typed of survey equipment to collect data associated with dredging and civil works projects such as single beam sonars, sound velocity profilers, multi-beam sonars, and side scan sonars. Utilizes HYPACK Hydrographic Survey Software Suite for data collection and processing of hydrographic survey data.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

    This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 - Engineers & Scientist position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Relocation incentive is not authorized
  • Recruitment incentive is not authorized
  • This is a developmental position to the GS-8. Promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed. You may be eligible for non-competitive promotion to the target position upon meeting time-in-grade restrictions and the following requirements.
  • (1) Incumbent demonstrates ability to perform at target grade level;
  • (2) Higher level work exists at target grade level;
  • (3) Increased responsibilities are assigned
  • (4) Supervisor recommends promotion;
  • (5) Incumbent completes all required training and conditions of employment, and;
  • (6) Incumbent completes all regulatory requirements for career ladder promotions

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

As vacancies occur, the Human Resources Office will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this flyer. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume, along with your supporting documentation.

If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Veterans and Military Spouses will be considered along with all other candidates.

If selected, you may be required to provide additional supporting documentation.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Your complete application includes your resume and other documents which prove your qualifications and eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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