Survey Party Chief

Location: Austin, REQ479


Plan, organize, and direct work of one survey party engaged in land surveying to determine precise location and measurements of points, elevations, lines, and areas to be used in the production of the final survey product



  • Organize crew manpower and resources to perform assigned survey tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Manage daily work assignments/tasks of assigned field crew, including use of equipment, preparation of sketches and notes, and electronic data collection
  • Ensure field survey activities are performed in accordance with standards set by the company and industry standards of practice
  • Ensure crew’s adherence to all safety procedures and use of all required personal protective equipment
  • Daily communication with Chief of Parties and/or Survey Technician managing the field survey operations on which the Party Chief is working
  • Conduct daily data collector downloading
  • Prepare daily time sheets, data logs, and expense reports
  • Mentor and train Field Survey Assistants on daily tasks as needed
  • Provide input to Chief of Parties and Survey Line of Business Executive for the formal performance evaluation of crew members
  • Drive company vehicle to and from job sites and company premises when needed
  • Ensure survey truck receives proper routine maintenance and all vehicle fluids maintained as appropriate; keep maintenance logs of the vehicle current
  • Ability to meet all working conditions, physical demands, and minimum requirements outlined in this job description with or without reasonable accommodation, as applicable under the ADA, and as needed
  • Perform any other duties as assigned



  • Knowledge of proper retracement of land boundaries
  • Introductory knowledge of Civil 3D and Trimble Business Center software
  • Familiarity with state plane coordinates systems and geodetic calculations
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to work without direct day-to-day supervision and make technical and supervisory decisions for projects assigned within specified limits of authority
  • Proficient in using all required survey equipment
  • Proficient with mid-level math
  • Solid documentation skills (field notes and sketches)


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Level II Certified Survey Technician Certification (CST) preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in and with a survey field crew


  • Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions including extreme temperatures and grassy/rocky or steep terrain
  • Exposure to potentially harmful plants and wildlife
  • Must be able to walk, stand, kneel, bend, twist, squat, climb and reach while surveying project sites and operating survey equipment
  • Must be able to lift and carry axes, survey supplies, additional equipment weighing up to 50 pounds to/from and during job site visits
  • Must be able to use a brush axe, machete or hammer
  • Occasional travel requiring long-distance commutes, overnight stays, or temporary relocation near a job site