Senior Survey Crew Chief

Walnut Creek, CA/Remote
Added: February 20, 2024
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 .

The Senior Survey Crew Chief is a seasoned professional responsible for overseeing and managing surveying operations. This role involves leading a team of survey technicians, providing technical expertise, and ensuring the successful execution of various land survey projects. The Senior Survey Crew Chief plays a crucial role in maintaining high-quality standards, meeting project objectives, and mentoring junior team members.


Team Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and mentorship to the survey team, fostering a collaborative and high-performance work environment.
  • Assign tasks, coordinate workflow, and ensure the team's adherence to project timelines.

Project Planning and Coordination:

  • Collaborate with project managers and clients to develop project plans, including defining objectives, scope, and resource requirements.
  • Participate in project kickoff meetings, contributing technical insights and expertise.

Field Operations:

  • Oversee and participate in surveying activities, including measurements, boundary determinations, and construction staking.
  • Operate and maintain advanced surveying equipment, ensuring accurate and precise data collection.

Boundary Determination:

  • Conduct in-depth research on land records, legal documents, and historical surveys to determine property boundaries.
  • Provide expert guidance on complex boundary and easement issues.

Control Networks and Topographic Mapping:

  • Establish and maintain control points, benchmarks, and traverse surveys for accurate data collection.
  • Lead topographic surveys and mapping projects, ensuring comprehensive and precise results.

Quality Control and Compliance:

  • Implement and enforce quality control measures to ensure accuracy and completeness of survey data.
  • Stay abreast of industry standards, regulations, and best practices, ensuring compliance in all surveying activities.

Data Processing and Reporting:

  • Oversee the transfer of field data to computer systems and collaborate with survey technicians in data processing.
  • Review and approve survey reports, maps, and legal descriptions for accuracy and completeness.

Client Communication:

  • Act as a key point of contact for clients, providing updates on project progress, addressing concerns, and ensuring client satisfaction.
  • Participate in client meetings, offering technical expertise and insights.

Record Keeping:

  • Maintain meticulous records of survey activities, field notes, and documentation.
  • Ensure the proper archiving and storage of survey data for future reference.

Equipment Management:

  • Oversee the maintenance, calibration, and repair of surveying equipment.
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies and equipment to enhance surveying capabilities.


  • Bachelor's degree in surveying, geomatics, or a related field.
  • Licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience in land surveying with a focus on leadership roles.
  • Proficient in operating and maintaining advanced surveying equipment and software.
  • In-depth knowledge of boundary determination, topographic mapping, and control network establishment.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Familiarity with safety regulations and commitment to maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Physical fitness and the ability to work outdoors in various conditions.

The pay range for this California position is $35.00- $50.00 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.