BLM Land Surveyor

Land Surveying

GS-1373

Position Overview

Land Surveyors at the Department of the Interior map complex terrain and unique or rugged topography and establish, reestablish, and investigate land and property boundaries.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate can apply their professional knowledge of surveying techniques, procedures, laws, and policies as part of an interdisciplinary team. This individual should possess a strong technical and legal background as well as the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. This person is professional, dedicated, thorough, and self-motivated.

Work Environment

Land surveyors work primarily in an office setting with occasional field work in a wide variety of terrain, ranging from remote mountainous areas to wading through streams, rivers, or lakes.  Individuals typically begin their career in the field and shift to more of an office role as they progress in their career.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Assists in data collection or analysis
    • Assists with preparing reports

  • Mid:

    • Evaluates and examines survey returns
    • Prepares or updates survey drawings or navigation charts
    • Identifies and marks ownership boundaries or special use boundaries
    • Maintains current and historical records and information regarding land ownership

  • Journey:

    • Plans, coordinates, and executes field mapping of complex types of terrain, unique topographic features, or rugged topography
    • Establishes, investigates, and reestablishes land and property boundaries
    • Prepares plots and legal descriptions for tracts of land

  • Senior:

    • Oversees surveying programs
    • Ensures program activities are within budget and makes recommendations for budget adjustments
    • Manages development of cost-benefit analysis for potential survey work to be performed and risks to natural resources posed

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Strengths by Level

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  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Entrepreneurship
    Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Project Management
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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