San Jose

Instrument Person - Public Works Department

South Bay
3/26/2018 at 11:30pm
$64,542.40-$78,395.20 Annually


1606 Senter Road San Jose, 95112


As part of Engineering Services Division, the Survey Section of the Public Works Department, City of San José is responsible for delivering land surveying services on a variety of City projects including street widening/improvements, storm and sanitary facilities, library/community center/fire station sites, and airfield projects. These land surveying services include, but are not limited to the following: topography, property acquisition, construction staking, pavement marking layout, and monument preservation.

The Survey Section is currently recruiting to fill an Instrument Person position. An Instrument Person performs a variety of sub-professional surveying and engineering functions of moderate difficulty either on a survey crew in the field, or in the Survey Section office.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts as instrument person on a survey party.
  • Records field notes and prepares maps and sketches from survey data.
  • Sets up, adjusts and operates all types of survey instruments.
  • Provides lead direction and training to other survey personnel.
  • Uses modern, survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
  • Calculates grades and enters data into field books.
  • Turns angles and extends horizontal line using a total station.
  • Uses the level to obtain vertical control.
  • Uses the level, total station, rod, targets to perform topographic surveying in order to describe the existing features of a piece of land in order that it may be reproduced as a plan map.
  • Locates survey points by measurement, magnetometer and from maps of former surveys.
  • Assist with transferring electronic field data to a PC workstation, processing and interpreting the data, and checking for errors.
  • Assists with producing high-quality, computer-generated topography maps and tables using sophisticated engineering software.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Ideal Candidate

  1. Education: Successful completion of high school, possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate or California Proficiency Certificate.
  1. Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering/technical support experience of which two (2) years have been in a position comparable to the level of a City of San José Engineering Technician I/II.
  1. Acceptable Substitution: Successful completion of at least sixty (60) semester units of college level engineering technology courses and at least two (2) years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering/technical support experience in a position comparable to the level of a City of San José Engineering Technician I/II.
  1. Licenses: Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in the Stat of California.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations

Analytical Thinking - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, collects and analyzes data, uses logic and intuition to arrive at conclusions and recommendations

Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form

Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel

Customer Service - demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.


  1. Please indicate which types of survey instruments you have experience operating (select all that apply):
    1. Total Stations
    2. Digital Levels
    3. Data Collectors
    4. GPS equipment
  2. Please describe your experience for each type of survey instruments you indicated experience with. Be specific as to length of time, type of equipment and type of project.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Gina Robles at