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County Surveyor-City & County of San Francisco-Public Works (0941) (111599)

Recruitment: REF40712O

Published: May 21, 2024


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Department: Public Works
Job class: 0941-Manager VI
Starting salary range: $184,314.00 - $235,274.00 (Range A)
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below.

Amended to add Condition of Employment: Civil Engineering Licenses must be obtained before 1982 to qualify according to California Professional Land Surveyors’ Act

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.  

Application Opening: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Application Deadline: Continuous. The application filing will be open at least through Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 5:00 PM (PST) and will close any time thereafter. (amended to reflect the recruitment is continuous)
Compensation Range: $171,678 and $219,154 (Range A)
Recruitment ID: PBT-0941-111599
Appointment Type: Permanent Civil Service 

San Francisco Public Works (Public Works) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $453 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,700-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

Please visit the “About Us” section of our website at about to learn more about the department’s core values, Racial Equity Initiative, leadership team, history, budget and more.

Role description

San Francisco Public Works is searching for exceptional candidates to fill this exciting and critical position to serve as the City & County of San Francisco County Surveyor. In this role, you will deliver specialized support services for the Department of Public Works. Your responsibilities include leading your team’s activities, strategic planning, development, and execution. Additionally, you will oversee all mapping division processes and subdivision projects. The role is crucial to the creation of new neighborhoods and the remaking of old ones in the City & County of San Francisco

As County Surveyor, you shall possess the same power in the City and County in making surveys, plats and certificates as is or may be given by law to county surveyors as needed. The official acts and all plats, surveys and certificates of the County Surveyor shall have the same validity and be of the same force and effect as are or may be given by law to those of county surveyors.

Essential Duties:
As the County Surveyor, your duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide support functions to Department of Public Works management, and is responsible for planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating the work of subordinates, monitoring and managing Monument Referencing, Monument Preservation and Subdivision Funds
  • Supervise land surveyors, and sub-professional personnel engaged in maintaining official records for monument control, checking map applications prepared for purposes of subdividing and creating condominium units.
  • Evaluate and process street vacations, and survey records prepared by licensed land surveyors for technical and record information accuracy concerning the California Map Act and the San Francisco Subdivision Codes and Regulations
  • Develop changes to existing San Francisco codes, procedures and ordinances to assure adherence to the California Map Act
  • Assist the Bureau Manager in making revisions to programs, objectives and goals.
  • Develop, interpret and coordinate surveying and map processing policy and assign the appropriate survey party.
  • Check field surveys or map work in progress and direct subordinates when necessary
  • Perform surveying or map processing operations when necessary to assist staff in difficult situations.
  • Manage the budget for survey parties and map processing to ensure adequate staffing, supplies, and equipment.
  • Collect and review survey notes or map applications for completeness and accuracy.
  • Supervise the maintenance of official records, maps, and survey reports and the preparation of related reports.
  • Coordinate with other city agencies on requests for service, time schedules, and cost estimates, and perform other professional duties which require a licensed land surveyor.
  • Manage horizontal and vertical control systems which may include the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) monument/documentation program.
  • Make regular contact with the public, other departments, contractors, private surveyors, and outside organizations relative to municipal mapping and survey practices and procedures.
  • Approve subdivision maps, and recommend referral of same to the Board of Supervisors
  • Routinely represent the department at public hearings and before the Board of Supervisors and various commissions
  • Drive a departmental vehicle to work sites and meetings when necessary.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, Surveying, Geomatics, Mapping, Architecture, or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Four (4) years of managerial experience in the engineering and, or the survey/mapping field, of which all Four (4) years must include experience supervising survey parties and, or engineers.


  • Possession of a valid California Professional Land Surveyor License. 
    OR,  A valid California Civil Engineer License.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Education Substitution:
Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required education. One (1) year (2,000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.


*Civil Engineering License: Per the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, Civil Engineering licenses must have been obtained before 1982 to be qualified.

*Valid Driver’s License: Applicants must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license with no restrictions that would prohibit them from legally performing the essential functions and duties of the role. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the State of California and San Francisco laws, ordinances, and regulations on land survey and subdivision map processing in the City and County of San Francisco
  • Knowledge of all phases of land survey work including methods of conducting various types of surveys such as GPS, automated data collection control surveys and construction surveys.
  • Knowledge of procedures and requirements for map submittals and approvals.
  • Experience supervising licensed land surveyors and/or licensed engineers.

Please make sure your application is complete and demonstrates how you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at:

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 

Note: Any misrepresentation or falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ)(Weight: Qualifying):
Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight 100%):
Candidates deemed qualified will be invited to participate in an examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas, which may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations in the areas of the job; management ability, supervisory ability, problem-solving ability, analytical ability, interpersonal ability and written communication ability.

Note: Candidates must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire examination to be ranked on the eligible list.

Eligible List/Score Report:
Once you pass the exam, you will be placed on an eligible list and given a score and a rank. The duration of the eligible list will be six (6) months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this exam will be the “Rule of the List”.

Post-Eligible List:
Candidates will be invited to interview based on test scores and experience that most closely matches the responsibilities of the position determined from a review of the application materials.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

What else should I know?

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

• Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow the instructions on the screen.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that an online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Lateef Taylor, at

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.