Surveying Aide II

City of Portland, Oregon
February 12, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The City of Portland is seeking multiple Surveying Aide IIs to join the Portland Bureau of Transportation!

About the positions: A Surveying Aide II assists a Survey Crew leader working on mapping, construction, monitoring and boundary/right-of-way projects for multiple City Bureaus. This position operates survey instruments, downloads field data into a computer, interprets construction plans, assists a Survey Crew Leader in setting up and organizing jobs and continues project work in the absence of the Survey Crew Leader. A Surveying Aide II and crew members often work in high traffic areas and projects crossing rough terrain. A Surveying Aide II helps ensure the safety of themselves and their crew at all times.

This position must know how to operate current survey instruments and instruct others in their use. They must be familiar with office computers, standard software and file management practices. They must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with supervisors, co-workers, project team members and the public. They must be able to work well with others, particularly with people from diverse backgrounds.

What you'll get to do:

  • Work with experienced, knowledgeable and supportive office and field Survey staff.
  • Use state of the art surveying equipment and software.
  • Work on challenging projects throughout the City of Portland for various City Bureaus.
  • Complete Design and Right-of-Way Surveys for Transportation, Sewer and Parks projects.
  • Stake construction features for street, sidewalk and sewer improvement projects.

An ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and knowledge of how to operate current survey instruments and the ability to instruct others. They will have familiarity with office computers and standard software & file management practices. They will be a team player and have the ability to work with a variety of diverse internal and external stakeholders.

Although not required, Prior public work experience; a Degree in Surveying, Geomatics or related major; or the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) or Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) certifications are desired.

The current vacancies are permanent full-time position located in the Portland Bureau of Transportation; however, other Bureaus may use this list to fill future vacancies.


This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

External applicants start at the entry salary rate.
Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience operating survey instruments and equipment for example: total stations, GPS receivers, digital levels, laser scanners, data collectors and computers.
  2. Ability to maintain survey equipment, carry out safety procedures and train less experienced staff.
  3. Knowledge of math relating to surveying, for example: elementary plane surveying, geometry, trigonometry and surveying software.
  4. Experience in checking, reducing, and editing field data for example: checking notes, sketches and calculations prepared by others and downloading data onto computers.
  5. Ability to assist the Crew Leader with organizing survey projects, continue projects in the absence of the Crew leader, interpret engineering plans and Survey Work Requests.

Applicants must also:

  • Possess a valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • Physical strength and mobility sufficient to carry loads up to 50 lbs.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.

Please note: the eligible list generated from this recruitment may fill future vacancies.

Tentative Timeline
Job Closes:
Review: 3/2-3/4
Eligible List & notices sent:
Week of 3/8
Interviews Mid March
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Questions?/ Recruiter Contact Information:
Emily Mavraganis, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3314

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Closing Date/Time: 3/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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