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Title:Professional Land Surveyor I
Post Date:01/11/18
$4,900.00 - $6,037.00 Monthly

Denver Metro, CO

Job Type
Full Time

Department of Transportation

Job Number

1/28/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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 position is located with CDOT's Region 1 Right of Way (ROW) Unit, located in Denver. The ROW Unit defines, values, and negotiates the acquisition of real property interests needed for the development and maintenance of the State transportation system in Region 1. Region 1 has a large local agency program (LPA), which is a subset of Region projects, whereby local governments modify state highway facilities or apply for, receive, and use federal-aid transportation funds in their projects (which may or may not modify state highways); the ROW Unit oversees these projects and ensures compliance with state and federal requirements. There are 4 Field Survey/ROW Plan Units within Region 1, which exist to: (i) perform field surveys of the existing condition, which is then provided to engineering as the foundation of all engineering designs, (ii) prepare right of way plans for all projects requiring ROW acquisition, and (iii) perform many other survey, ROW plans and property management functions, including setting and maintaining control monuments, setting monuments marking the boundary of CDOT ROW, responding to requests from customers for ROW plans and survey information and maintaining the Region's vast right of way plans and survey control database.

This position manages projects and works with the field survey staff and ROW Plan Coordinator to: determine schedules; organize and facilitate survey project meetings and ROW plan reviews; conduct and review field surveys and monumentation; research, prepare, sign, seal and record Land Survey Control Diagrams and ROW plans; write legal descriptions; and provide oversight and guidance to consultant and LPA managed projects.

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

Gather information about location and ownership of existing State Highway ROW and adjoining property by researching public records, prior survey records, ROW Plans, Title Commitments and BLM field records;
Reconcile property ownership to determine impacted ownerships, order title work, and examine to ascertain whether documents are missing and which documents affect ownership; compile and organize survey control data used;
Request permission to enter on private properties for survey crew and coordinate with other specialty units that may also need access;
Organize, sort and file all survey/right of way plans, plats, maps and title information for survey/plan units;
Perform field surveys to recover ROW Monuments, land corners and other property evidence; verify consultant work regarding placement and marking of proposed ROW Monuments;
Operate, check, maintain, and train others on field survey equipment, Total Stations, Levels, and GPS receivers for project control, topographic and ROW surveys; ensure equipment calibration and servicing; install new firmware/software for data collectors and computers when required;
Create ROW Plans by drawing, labeling and annotating ROW lines, property lines, topography and other features using MicroStation;
Calculate areas of land parcels and easements to be acquired using mathematics and computer software; create descriptions of those parcels and easements from research and computations;
Stamp and sign ROW Plans and descriptions as required by State Law;
Provide estimated schedules for field surveying and/or ROW plan preparation;
Educate field crews in the techniques and methods related to CDOT field surveying, safety practices, survey data reduction, ownership research and the use of software common to the practice of Land Surveying such as Trimble Business CenterX;
Review LPA (Local Public Agency) Right of Way plans and survey projects for compliance with CDOT standards and Federal regulations (e.g. FHWA);
Represent the ROW Plans / Survey specialty unit in meetings (including scoping, field inspection review, final office review, Plan Status, etc.) as well as conducting pre-survey meetings;
Respond to requests for information from internal and external customers to the Department;
Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

Primarily 7:00 am – 4:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday
Approximately 25% spent in the field, 75% spent in the office.
Travel required during work hours throughout Metro Denver
Required to operate CDOT vehicles
Required to lift 50 lbs. and traverse steep terrain while carrying equipment.
Ability to work outdoors in cold or hot weather, around heavy traffic areas.

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.

Valid Professional Land Surveyor license from the Colorado DORA State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors.
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 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;
Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
Knowledge and experience in reading and interpreting ROW plans and engineering project plans;
Demonstrated experience in identifying/resolving land survey and property ownership issues by utilizing land surveying principles and by applying State statutes and regulations pertaining to land surveying and real property;
Experience attending pre-construction meetings to address survey and land ownership concerns;
Proficiency in the use of survey equipment, software, and technology;
Experience interpreting survey data and technical information;
Experience creating right-of-way plans using recent CAD software such as MicroStation SS2, SS4 or Civil 3D;
Experience writing legal descriptions, interpreting deeds and analyzing boundaries;
Demonstrated experience determining efficient and effective survey methods to be used for obtaining topographic data, positions on boundary evidence, construction staking, and monumentation;
Experience training and mentoring others in survey practices;
Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;
Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;
Ability to work with general public, professional, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, schedules and commitments;
Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take;
Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;
Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability;
Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
Passion for safety;
Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, SAP, MicroStation, InRoads, Trimble Business Center, NGS website OPUS and/ OPUS Projects, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn other 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) Detailed, Chronological Resume
4) A Cover Letter

Requirements for the resume: Please upload your resume as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to Please label all pages with your full name. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your resume should contain the following information:

Education and Training
Work Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent experience, and must include:
Beginning and ending dates of assignments, including promotion dates
Official position title/working title, including specialty area or unit, you held within the organization/company
The name of the organization or company
A brief description of your job duties

Requirements for the cover letter: Please upload your cover letter as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to Please label all pages with your full name. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

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 will 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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