Survey Project Manager


Employment Type: Permanent Industry: Engineering Job Number: JS597443426

Job Description


A Licensed Professional Surveyor/SIT position that plans, directs, and coordinates the work of survey parties and related staff engaged in land surveying, report preparation, legal descriptions, construction documents, CAD documents, in support of our client's projects. 


A Bachelors of Masters Degree in Land Surveying, GIS and/or related experience. A Michigan Professional Surveyor license or the ability to obtain one within six months is required. Must have the ability to work well in a team environment and manage own projects with little oversight. Must have 5 years of increasing experience as a Crew/Party Chief or previous survey project management and understand the project management process. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license within acceptable criteria.


Knowledge of basic and complex surveying and engineering concepts. Ability to research local zoning ordinances and general municipal procedures for establishing legal descriptions of land. Knowledge of project management practices. Knowledgeable in the operation of survey equipment, including but not limited to total stations, data collectors and GPS. Demonstrates knowledge and expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, AutoCAD, etc. Skill in analyzing information and exercising sound judgment in making decisions. Skill in writing wide range of reports, letters, and other documentation with a high degree of accuracy. Skill to properly retain and dispense confidential information. Ability to deal in a sensitive and professional manner with a wide range of employees, clients & vendors. Ability to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with both internal and external business partners. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and manually (phone, e-mail, written correspondence, public presentations to municipal agencies and commissions). Ability to take and follow through on directions. Ability to direct and follow-up with subordinates. Ability to research and understand various zoning and survey requirements as dictated by municipal code. Ability to learn, understand and utilize survey technology and terminology. Ability to learn and utilize new techniques and equipment.


(Reasonable accommodations will be provided, if necessary, for inpiduals with disabilities who can perform the essential job functions)
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of designated project to ensure that goals or objectives of project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors
  • Directs survey parties and projects, and reviews and certifies completed work to satisfy legal requirements.
  • Writes or directs the writing of legal descriptions of land to satisfy legal requirements.
  • Monitors new technology and evaluate purchase of new equipment and supplies.
  • Researches previous survey evidence, maps, deeds, physical evidence, and other records to obtain data needed for surveys.
  • Develops new data from photogram metric records.
  • Coordinates findings with work of engineering personnel, clients, and others concerned with project.
  • Creates timely project proposals and budgets based on clients request for proposals.
  • Reviews project proposal or plan to determine time frame, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of project.
  • Establishes work plan/budget and staffing for each phase of project, and arranges for recruitment or assignment of project personnel.
  • Confers with project staff to outline work plan/budget and to assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of project personnel to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget.
  • Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modifies schedules or plans as required.
  • Reviews design for compliance with surveying principles, firm standards, client requirements, and related specifications.
  • Prepares project reports and budget tracking for management, client or others.
  • Confers with project personnel to provide technical advice and to resolve problems.
  • Coordinates project activities with activities of government regulatory or other governmental agencies.
  • Maintains neat & orderly work area allowing access to project information to other team members.
  • Provide an accurate accounting of time spent on projects with descriptions for each time entry on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Provide guidance and development to all associates through timely performance reviews & informal feedback & coaching.
  • Participates in the screening and hiring of staff within group.
  • Prepares or approves budget for group within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Observe driving regulations and proper driving etiquette.
  • Desire to advance to Group Manager Position
  • Observing & following the client’s Safety Program.
  • Observing & following the client’s vision, mission and core values.

Physical Capacity Requirements:
 Sitting, standing, walking, regular lifting up to 25 lbs., talking, hearing, finger dexterity and/or feeling, near vision, far vision. Must be able to travel, at times long distances, by car or truck.

Environmental Conditions:
 Primary work environment will be in an office working at a computer workstation. Secondary work environment may include client offices or project sites. Terrain may be level or highly challenging.

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