Dona Ana County Surveying Intern- Engineering/Roads Department in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Perform advanced technical survey work in making land and road surveys; Serves as the County Surveyor’s principle assistant in providing surveying services support to the County Engineer.

Assist in establishment of official land, airspace, and water boundaries; draft descriptions of land for deeds, leases, and other legal documents; define airspace for airports; take measurements of construction and mineral sites; provide data about the shape, contour, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features; measure distances, directions, and angles between points on, above, and below the earth's surface; use known survey reference points and determine the precise location of important features in the survey area using specialized equipment; research legal records, look for evidence of previous boundaries, and analyze data to determine the location of boundary lines; record results, verify the accuracy of data, and prepare plots, maps, and reports.

  • Assists in performing various types of surveys; control, land, topographic, road and right-of-way, construction, measurement of quantities, and government corner restoration.

  • Assists with survey project management and assists engineering project manager with design of various projects.

  • Skills in the use of manual, electronic, and GPS/GNSS/VRS survey equipment.

  • Prepares survey plats, legal descriptions, and engineering plans for review.

  • Read, interpret, and draft legal descriptions in deeds and land surveys.

  • Research public records including; deeds, grants, land and road surveys, easements, and General Land Office (GLO) records.

  • Files and maintains survey and engineering records and database.

  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned area responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.

  • Assist the County Surveyor in planning work schedules and determining project assignments.

  • Assist in the interpretation of State laws for survey projects; review records of surveys and plats for accuracy and for compliance with State laws. Advise other departments and the public on technical aspects of land surveying.

  • Prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for requests.

  • Provide training and technical assistance on various survey related programs and equipment to survey staff.

  • Participate in working with private and government entities as a liaison for funding, technical surveying matters, and other program activities; complete required reports; answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.

  • Coordinate exchange of information between surveyors/engineers within the engineering department, other departments, agencies and surveying/engineering consultants.

  • Confer with developers, engineers, surveyors and the general public to explain land survey subjects in New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA) and New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC).

  • Prepare reports on current activities and proposed projects; prepare resolutions and orders for road establishments, transfers of jurisdiction and vacations.

Education. Bachelor’s degree in land surveying, survey/engineering technology, or other engineering disciplines.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Knowledge and abilities are generally acquired through attainment of a Bachelor’s degree in land surveying or related field; and one year experience performing survey work is preferred; or any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position.

Education/Experience substitution. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Licenses/Certifications. Certification as Surveyor Intern by the New Mexico State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors or the ability to obtain certification within 1 year of appointment. Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of New Mexico and have an acceptable driving record.

Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver’s license record, etc.). Must submit to a background check and driver’s license record.


Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of boundary, cadastral, construction, land and geodetic surveying; State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to land survey methods and standards and division of property; the PLSS; knowledge of title research and deed records; drafting and computer-aided drafting methods; knowledge of various software programs including AutoCAD, Trimble GPS or related programs; knowledge of recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding land surveying; modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment. Skills in the use of manual, electronic, and GPS/GNSS survey equipment is preferred. Ability to oversee the activities of large and complex surveying projects and programs; ability to oversee, train, and evaluate survey personnel; ability to assist in preparing and administering a budget; ability to maintain accurate records; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals, whether members of the public or coworkers from diverse groups and backgrounds; ability to understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents; ability to perform technical research and solve surveying problems; ability to prepare contracts/agreements; ability to conduct studies and prepare reports and make recommendations; ability to interpret and apply pertinent surveying related statutes, rules and regulations; ability to perform mathematical computations pertaining to surveying.

ID Requisition Number: 2017-2427

Department: Engineering

Post End Date: 8/24/2017

External Company Name: Dona Ana County

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