Survey & Locations Supervisor

  • Mission Support Positions
  • El Cajon, CA
  • $103,356 - $131,916/Annually USD / Year
  • Salary: $103,356 - $131,916/Annually

Website Helix Water District

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking an experienced, progressive leader to join our team as a Survey and Locations Supervisor.  Here at Helix, we are committed to providing 100% water quality, system reliability and integrity.  We believe that the spirit of collaboration is essential.  We value employee safety, development and leadership demonstrated by employees who, by example, set standards, inspire coworkers and serve as role models in supporting the vision and mission of the district.  If you share these values, we would love to have you join our team!

This exempt, supervisory technical-level position will work at the district’s Operations Center located in El Cajon. The Survey and Locations Supervisor is responsible for managing and actively leading a team of three staff members engaged in underground utility locating and field surveys relating to capital and maintenance projects, design, construction, seismic movement, boundaries and easements within the district service area.

Overview of Responsibilities 

Provides day-to-day leadership and works with assigned staff to ensure the proper, safe and efficient oper­ations of the survey section; provides for the training of assigned personnel; evaluates the performance of assigned personnel.

Plans, schedules, leads and participates in the work of a field and office survey crew; reviews requested survey work to determine nature and extent of required survey; establishes survey and mapping priorities; conducts manual and electronic field surveys to provide engineering staff with topographic information of existing conditions; investigates sites to determine most efficient methods for obtaining requested data and to identify potential survey problems.

Supervises the district’s facility location function; receives, maintains, and coordinates with notices and requests from Underground Services Alert; ensures the district’s procedures for utility location and mark out complies with California government codes.

Investigates and documents incidents related to utility locations involving damaged water facilities.

Directs and reviews the preparation of land right of way and topographic maps; directs and reviews the inspection of district easements and rights of way.

Oversees and participates in the seismic movement monitoring of dams and other facilities for report­ing to regulatory agencies.

Performs field staking of pipeline and other construction projects for contractors; lays out and sets grades for construction maintenance projects performed by district personnel.

Prepares as-built drawings of completed projects; provides information to engineering staff for the updating of plats.

Participates in the development and updating of the Global Positioning System network as well as the district emergency response efforts, including after-hours response.

Prepares, solicits and administers consultant services contracts, including survey, photogrammetry, drone video, right of way and construction contracts.

Patrols district easements routinely; coordinates resolution of encroachments with the district’s right of way section.

Trains new survey, locations, inspection and duty response staff in facility location procedures and practices.  Provides periodic training on survey fundamentals to district staff.


Minimum Qualifications:
Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school or GED equivalent, supple­mented by major college-level course work in civil engineering, land surveying, or closely related fields; and four years of journey-level and one year of advanced journey-level field survey experience.

Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in the state of California.

A valid Class C California driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

Knowledge of:

Modern survey methods, principles, practices, techniques and equipment applicable to construction, property and topographic surveying.

Safety practices pertaining to field surveying work and common engineering construction methods.

CAD drafting and mapping methods and practices.  Preferable knowledge of Carlson office applications.

Principles and practices of effective employee supervision, including training, work evaluation and discipline.

Field equipment and applications relating to surveying work.  Preferable knowledge of Carlson, Javad and Leica instruments.

Legal aspects of boundary surveying, including laws, statutes and ordinances.  The California Coordinate System.

Knowledge of California Government Code Section 4216; materials, practices and methods used in utility locating; Underground Services Alert system and the notification process.

Application Process 

To be considered for the Survey and Locations Supervisor, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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