Survey Technician.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hadley, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

As a Survey Technician your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as Chief Instrument Person and, as assigned, Chief of Party performing varied surveys under conditions requiring deviations from normal practices. Resolves, under non-direct supervision, problems caused by crowded and confined work locations, rugged terrain or interface with project developments.
  • Researches legal documents at County Courthouses or from other sources. Correlates this research work and crown or state land grants with metes and bounds tract descriptions, deeds, plats and other pertinent data. Checks on surveys for compliance with terms of purchase agreement.
  • Collects and assembles all data relative to the property survey to expedite field and office work. Reviews contractual survey work for accuracy, completeness and acceptability. Performs preliminary computation work for the determination of property lines, acreage and other associated computations for the preparation of the survey report. Completes drafting or advises on the drafting of cadastral plats and prepares the preliminary legal description.
  • Checks maps to determine that the topography is properly represented and makes all necessary corrections. Maps new areas as required. Operates electronic/robotic total stations to measure angles and horizontal and vertical distances.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume (See "Required Documents"). Failure to provide ALL required information on your resume will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is provided on resume.
  • Eligibility and Supporting documents - You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select "yes" to AND submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section.
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Driver’s License: Selectees MAY be required to possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit


Only experience and education obtained by 05/17/2024 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement

Specialized experience is technical work which provided the knowledge and skills needed for work in the type of surveying involved. It must have required the use of the pertinent instruments and techniques of surveying. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, work as an engineering technician, soil conservation technician, or construction inspector. NOTE: Your resume must document this experience.

Minimum Qualification [GS-8]

I possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) in the Federal service that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include: 1) Conducting topographic and cadastral land survey work using a variety of surveying equipment; 2) Performing a variety of survey computations using knowledge of mathematics; 3) Performing data entry and survey computations using software such as Autodesk Civil 3D, Trimble Business Center, Starnet, Topcon Magnet office, ArcGIS or similar; 4) Operating and maintaining survey levels, total stations, and GNSS receivers; 5) researching, writing, and interpreting legal property descriptions. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail, e.g., complete begin/end dates, hours worked per week, duties performed, etc. for each timeframe for consideration.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


There is no substitution of education for this series at this grade level.

More Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit:"

Additional information

PCS INFORMATION: Yes, entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. All moving expenses are taxable. In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements May be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.

Telework: This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

Reasonable Accommodation: The USFWS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Please visit

  • A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.