Survey Field Technician

Posted Date 1 month ago(6/13/2024 2:40 PM)
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NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.

As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


A Survey Field Technician plays a crucial role in collecting accurate geospatial data through field surveys and measurements. They work closely with land surveyors and engineers to support land development, construction, and various infrastructure projects.


  • Field Data Collection: Conduct field surveys to gather data related to land boundaries, topography, property lines, and other geospatial information using surveying equipment such as total stations, GPS receivers, and levels.
  • Survey Instrument Operation: Set up and operate surveying instruments and tools, ensuring they are properly calibrated and maintained for accurate measurements.
  • Measurement and Marking: Take measurements, mark reference points, and establish benchmarks to guide future construction or land development activities.
  • Data Recording: Record collected data accurately, including field notes, sketches, and digital data, using specialized software and applications.
  • Boundary Analysis: Assist in identifying property boundaries and land parcel information by interpreting legal documents and survey records.
  • Safety Compliance: Follow safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for yourself and colleagues during field surveys.
  • Fieldwork Support: Collaborate with land surveyors, engineers, and project managers to provide support and assist in the completion of surveying projects.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Maintain and repair surveying equipment as necessary, ensuring it functions properly and is in good working condition.
  • Quality Control: Review and verify data for accuracy and completeness, making necessary adjustments to ensure data integrity.
  • Report Generation: Generate survey reports and maps based on collected data to support project planning and decision-making.


  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent (some positions may require an associate degree or technical training in surveying).
  • Experience: Prior experience as a survey field technician or related fieldwork is a plus but not always required for entry-level positions.
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in operating surveying instruments, GPS equipment, and related software. Knowledge of AutoCAD or other survey-specific software is beneficial.
  • Physical Fitness: Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions, carry equipment, and navigate rugged terrain.
  • Attention to Detail: Strong attention to detail and precision to ensure accurate data collection and measurements.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication and teamwork skills to work collaboratively with other team members and stakeholders.
  • Safety Awareness: Awareness of safety procedures and the ability to prioritize safety during fieldwork.
  • License/Certification: Depending on the region, you may need a surveying technician certification or licensure, which can vary by state or country.
  • Working Conditions:
    • Survey field technicians primarily work outdoors, often in varying weather conditions.
    • They may need to travel to different survey sites and be prepared for physical exertion and exposure to natural elements.
    • Fieldwork may involve standing, walking, lifting, and bending.
  • Required:
    • Valid CA Drivers License

The pay range for this California position is $25.00- $35.00 per hour; however, base pay offered may be higher or lower depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience of the candidate. Restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per California Senate Bill 1162. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via the NV5 careers site.


NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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