Iowa Department of Transportation Survey Party Chief in Mason City, Iowa

Salary $45,801.60 - $69,555.20 Annually

Location Mason City - 50401 - Cerro Gordo County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 19-01987

Closing 3/28/2019 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact David Little - (641) 422-9464

Job Description

Our Mission:For more than a century, Iowa Department of Transportation has promoted the growth and betterment of Iowa's transportation system. Headquartered in Ames, the DOT continues to serve the transportation needs of Iowa and its citizens. Contributing to Our Mission:Even with nearly 2,300 employees, we're all one team at the Iowa DOT. Our main goal is to keep people and goods moving on Iowa's transportation system. As a member of our team, you will be obtaining survey information to support the development of plats and legal descriptions to support the purchase and sale of highway rights-of-way in District 2 as well as restoring land corners that are destroyed during construction projects. Your Team Consists of:

  • District Land Surveyor

  • Design Technician - Right-of-Way

  • Engineering Technician Sr. - Right-of-Way

Survey Party Chief - You will be providing leadership to:

  • Highway Technician

What You'll Do:The Survey Party Chief serves as the team lead for a district survey crew including directing daily activities of other crew members and is responsible to ensure the accuracy and correctness of data collected by the crew. The party chief works with the land surveyor to set work schedules, deadlines and work expectations including coordination and direction, for efficiency of the work. This position is critical to perform land surveys as a main duty, preliminary/topographic survey on occasion, and possibly construction survey/staking on projects for the District 2 Office. The survey party chief coordinates the activities of the survey crew including:

  • Preservation and restoration of control points, land corners and property boundaries

  • Reviews preliminary plans for errors and potential problems

  • Coordinates activities on multiple construction projects simultaneously such as grading, paving and overlay projects

  • Prepares as-built plans, establishes and marks proposed permanent right-of-way and temporary easements

  • Responsible for the permanent record of field work performed by the crew

The party chief operates and directs team members in the operation of GPS (Global Positioning System) and EDM (Electronic Distance Meter) equipment to take and check measurements resulting in accuracy per the Code of Iowa. The Survey Party Chief is responsible for the permanent record of fieldwork performed by the crew including drawing sketches in the project field book of the area surveyed. Data for construction projects must be recorded electronically into Field Manager or in a field book for future reference. The majority of the work takes place in the outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions. The party chief is responsible for the welfare of the survey crew in the field and oversees safe issues in the work area utilizing signing and flaggers to avoid an incident. What You'll Need:

  • Specific skills and knowledge in land and engineering field survey procedures and electronic data collection techniques is necessary.

  • Knowledge and ability to use a computer is required.

  • Leadership skills in the coordination of the work activities of the survey crew member; directing the training of field personnel, performing survey computations, locating drainage boundaries, as well as collecting, formatting, and editing electronic field data.

Key Requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to train others in survey techniques.

  • Knowledge of electronic data collectors, and knowledge of electronic data collection procedures, knowledge of CADD mapping and knowledge of global positioning survey applications.

  • Applicants must have experience using survey instruments including electronic total stations, global positioning equipment, survey levels, and feature codes.

  • Experience with Topcon/Magnet Field & MicroStation/Bentley Open Roads Survey software applications is preferred.

License:A valid Class C driver's license must be possessed and maintained. What we offer:

  • Excellent benefits package

  • Collaborative, positive work environment

  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package

  • Employee discounts from a variety of vendors

  • Biweekly vacation accrual and separate sick leave

  • Fulfilling role in safe mobility for the community

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The equivalent of four years of full-time engineering survey experience which included the operation of electronic and mechanical survey instruments;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting the equivalent of thirty semester hours of college, university, or technical school course work in civil engineering, construction engineering, or photogrammetry for one year of the required experience with a maximum substitution of four years;


employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes the equivalent of twelve months of full-time experience as an Assistant Survey Party Chief.For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. (Download PDF reader)

Additional Qualification Requirements

  • Designated positions in this class require possession of a valid Commercial Learner's Permit upon hire. Within a timeframe determined by the appointing authority, a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License with the required endorsements and applicable restrictions must be obtained and subsequently maintained in order to continue employment.

  • If a CDL is not required, all positions are required to have and maintain a minimum of a valid Class C Non-Commercial Operator's License.

  • In conjunction with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (parts 40 and 382), designated positions in this job class require a pre-employment drug screen and will require ongoing participation in the employer's random drug and alcohol testing program and will be subject to the regulations regarding the Federal drug and alcohol testing program.

  • Prior to starting employment, all persons are required to have a post offer pre-employment physical verifying the physical ability to perform the duties described.

  • Employees must be able to travel and may be required to stay away from home overnight during assignments.

  • Employees in designated positions must be able to work up to 16 consecutive hours.