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Title:Professional Land Surveyor I
Post Date:10/10/17
Details:Professional Land Surveyor I (Denver)
$4,900.00 - $6,037.00 Monthly
Denver, CO
Job Type
Full Time
Department of Transportation
Job Number
10/23/2017 11:59 PM Mountain


Department Information

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This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

About CDOT
Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
10 paid holidays per year
Medical and dental plans
State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
Choice of 2 retirement plans
401K and 457 plans
State paid Short Term Disability coverage
Credit Union Membership
Work life programs
Free RTD EcoPass
Tuition reimbursement programs

To learn more about our benefits visit:


Description of Job

This announcement will be used to fill TWO (2) Professional Land Surveyor I positions within the Denver Metro area. The working address for each position are:

4670 Holly Street Denver, CO 80216
425 A Corporate Circle Golden, CO 80401

The Professional Land Surveyor I (PLS l) positions are located in the CDOT Region 1, Survey Right-of-Way (ROW) Program in Denver. The Survey ROW units interact closely with engineering and ROW staff to scope, plan and deliver pre-construction transportation improvement and maintenance projects. It utilizes modern surveying technologies to map and perform field surveys of existing conditions, which are then provided to engineering as the foundation of all engineering designs; prepares right of way plans, exhibit maps and legal descriptions for all projects requiring ROW acquisition, which are then used by appraisal and acquisition to value and acquire the ROW; sets and maintains federal and state control monuments, sets monuments marking the boundary of CDOT ROW; sets and upgrades aliquot monuments; prepares and files monument records; prepares exhibit maps and plans for the disposal of ROW; responds to requests from customers for ROW plans and survey information; and maintains the Region's vast plans, survey control, and Geographic Information System (GIS) databases.

The PLS I works both in the office and in the field often with little to no supervision in responsible charge of pre-construction design surveys, ROW plans, and legal descriptions.
Responsibilities include all phases of transportation land surveying (excluding construction staking) including conducting field surveys for design followed by the preparation and professional certification of ROW plans and legal descriptions prepared under his/her responsible charge. The PLS I ensures that all surveys, plans and legal descriptions, including those prepared by consultants, comply with state statutes, department policy, and contract stipulations. The PLS I regularly attends and provides survey input at project meetings, provides oversight of consultants, guidance to local agencies, and performs research in response to open record requests.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Field Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing:

Conduct field surveys of existing conditions by collecting topographic data by various technologies such as total stations, GPS, GNSS, LiDAR, UAVs, and remote sensing;
Prepare topographic maps, DTMs, TINs, and contours using MicroStation and InRoads civil design software;
Prepare Project Control and Land Survey Control Diagrams for project plans;
Oversee and review consultant surveys to ensure they comply with state statutes, department policy and contract stipulations;
Prepare survey scopes of work, cost estimates, budgets; monitors and manages consultant contracts and task orders;
Set and/or upgrade monuments; prepare and file monument records with the State Board;
Apply his/her PLS stamp, signature and date to any surveys or monument records prepared under his/her responsible charge;
Other field surveying duties as assigned.

ROW Plans and Legal Descriptions:

Prepare ROW plans and legal descriptions using MicroStation and InRoads civil design software;
Research and document conflicting boundary evidence, monuments or occupation lines;
Oversee and review consultant ROW plans and legal descriptions to ensure they comply with state statutes, department policy and contract stipulations;
Prepare ROW plans scopes of work, cost estimates, budgets; monitors and manages consultant contracts and task orders;
Prepare exhibits and legal descriptions for the disposal of excess, remainder, and general ledger (non-ROW) properties;
Apply his/her PLS stamp, signature and date to any ROW plans and legal descriptions prepared under his/her responsible charge;
Perform research in response to requests from internal and external customers for ROW plans, legal descriptions, survey documents and information;
Other ROW plans duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

Primarily Monday-Friday working hours; Flexible Work Schedules Permitted;
Combination office environment and field work at project sites; approximately 30% spent in the field, 70% spent in the office;
Travel required during work hours throughout the Region 1 area for assigned projects, meetings, etc;
Occasional overnight travel (1-3 times a year) throughout Colorado
Required to operate CDOT vehicles;
Required to work in all types of weather conditions;
May be required to work in mountain terrain (altitude), including climbing to some areas;
May be required to work a variable schedule to accommodate traffic control scheduling;
Must be able to lift survey equipment.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

Current Professional Land Surveyor license from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. You must include your PLS license number on your application to verify that you meet this requirement.
A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced Professional Land Surveyor and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience in land surveying.
Ability to work in both an office and in the field in all types of weather conditions.
Ability to work independently often with little or no supervision.
Experience using MicroStation and InRoads civil design software for survey applications.
Experience using CDOT TMOSS survey coding system.
Experience using Trimble Business Center for survey applications.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience in land surveying;
Knowledge and experience in reading and interpreting ROW plans and engineering project plans;
Experience researching and documenting conflicting boundary evidence, monuments or occupation lines.
Experience resolving land survey and property ownership issues by utilizing surveying principles and by applying State statutes and regulations.
Ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment.
Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability.
Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;
Ability to partner with professionals, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities;
Negotiating mutually acceptable solutions; building consensus through give and take;
Interpersonal and relationship building skills;
Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability;
Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral, including technical report writing and editing;
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, SAP, and survey application in InRoads/MicroStation and Trimble Business Center, or the ability to quickly learn software systems.

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)
3) A copy of your Current Professional Surveyors License issued by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Only complete applications will be given consideration.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement:
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations: To request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement as soon as possible to be timely for the assessment process. Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to participate in the hiring process. The person making the request may be asked to provide additional information regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed which will be kept confidential. Advance preparation may be required so requests for accommodation need to be timely for each part of the assessment.

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