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Survey Technician (EPST III)

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$4,869.00 - $5,870.00 Monthly

Job Type
Full Time

Job Number

12/6/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

This position is open to applications from Colorado residents and non-residents.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to twice-weekly serial testing. More details are in the Conditions of Employment section of this announcement.

About CDOT
Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives? Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future! Also, check out our excellent benefits package!

CDOT for All
CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive.

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The eligible list created from this announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.

Description of Job
About the Work Unit
This position is in CDOT’s Region 3 Right-of-Way (ROW) Program in Grand Junction. This program includes survey, appraisal and acquisition units and defines, values, acquires, and maintains real property and real property rights for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the interstate and highway system, which includes local public agency and access permit projects along with property management functions for property disposals, exchanges, and leases.

About the Position
This position supports the survey unit’s Professional Land Surveyors with primarily office work for the development and preparation of ROW plans and real property legal descriptions. This position works under the direction of one or more licensed Professional Land Surveyors.

Your duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Use computer-aided drafting programs, coordinate geometry programs, and other associated software to draft and prepare ROW plans and calculate areas of land parcels and easements to be acquired.
Prepare documents based on interpretation of historic ROW drawings and the records from CDOT, County, Municipal, and other public and private agencies.
Proofread legal descriptions for parcels of land that will be encumbered by an easement or will need to be acquired in fee for projects.
Plot legal descriptions from deeds to check the accuracy of descriptions.
Complete assigned projects and review project work.
Participate in Scoping/FIR/FOR/ROWPR, pre-construction, and other meetings.
Train and mentor less experienced survey technicians; review their work and the work of consultants.
Perform research, calculations, and analyses of boundaries, plats, subdivisions, and ROW plans.
See the bigger picture and make recommendations to the PLS based on analysis and calculations.
Gather ownership data from CDOT, Federal, County, Municipal, and court records.
Research record plats, surveys, maps, and legal documents necessary to develop and reconcile property ownerships.
Determine impacted ownerships, order title work, and examine ownerships and encumbrances to ascertain whether documents are missing and which documents affect the ownerships.
Identify, review, and measure ownership evidence in the field to assist in the location of property lines.
Process aerial- or ground-based Lidar data for topographic mapping of existing conditions for use as the base map for the existing topographic digital terrain model. Incorporate the existing conditions model into the ROW plans for analysis of boundary evidence and occupation lines.
Use MicroStation/InRoads Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) package to draft plans, control diagrams, monument records, exhibits, maps, and sketches for a wide variety of transportation and maintenance projects.
Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:
Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday (flexible schedule may be available)
Approximately 15% spent in the field, 85% spent in the office
Travel required during work hours throughout northwestern Colorado
Occasional overnight travel
Required to operate CDOT vehicles
May perform snow gate duty as needed

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or GED certificate.


At least five years of full-time professional survey work experience, with at least one year where the primary duties included drafting survey plans and/or researching property ownership.

Satisfactory completion of coursework from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in surveying, engineering, geomatics/geospatial, or title abstracting may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis. NOTE: If using the education substitution, a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts must show coursework completed and/or degree conferral. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Please note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Conditions of Employment
Must pass a pre-employment screening which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information in the supplemental information section.
A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.
Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Testing details will be provided during the onboarding process. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19. Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. (10/27/21)

Preferred Qualifications
The exceptional applicant will be an experienced Survey Technician and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
Proficiency in the use of current survey equipment, software, and technology;
Ability to, and experience with, conducting thorough research independently;
Experience applying survey TMOSS codes and reviewing survey field data independently;
Experience interpreting survey data and technical information;
Experience creating right-of-way plans using recent CADD programs;
Experience attending pre-survey meetings to address survey and land ownership concerns;
Experience training and mentoring others in survey practices;
Experience writing legal descriptions, interpreting deeds, and analyzing boundaries;
Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;
Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;
Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made, and commitments;
Effective interpersonal and relationship-building skills;
Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;
Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem-solving ability;
Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
Passion for safety;
Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), Gmail and Google Applications, SAP, Bentley MicroStation and OpenRoads, CADD software, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems.
Supplemental Information
Applicant Checklist

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green 'APPLY' button at the top of this announcement)
A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)
A cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.

All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "" and "" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

The Hiring Process:
All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications sections as listed above. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.
A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement applicant.

Employment Screening
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at 303.866.3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

ADAAA Accommodations
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Erin Hardin at or 303-757-9797.

Former State Employees
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

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