Survey Party Chief
Merced, CA
QK, Inc., formerly Quad Knopf, has served a diverse client base throughout the Central Valley for over 40 years. We currently have an opening for a Survey Party Chief. We depend on Surveying to ensure order in the physical world around us. Surveyors play an integral role in land development, from the planning and design of land subdivisions through to the final construction of roads, utilities and landscaping. Surveyors are among good company, working closely with their peers in the fields of engineering, architecture, geology and planning. Their role underpins these industries; Surveyors are the first people on any construction site, measuring and mapping the land. These primary measurements are then used engineers to plan structures accurately and safely, ensuring buildings not only fit with the landscape but are able to be constructed. These measurements are also used by Landscape Architects to understand and make the most of the unique landscape when designing. It is essential to QK that Survey Party Chief provides oversight of these critical services. This person will lead a survey crew performing Boundary Surveys, Topographic Surveys, ALTA Surveys and Construction Staking for private and public clients.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities
Lead the survey crew with direction from the Chief of Survey Parties and instructs crew on best methods and procedures to utilize.
Utilizes surveying instruments to collect and store data. Takes field notes when appropriate
Maintenance of vehicles and survey instruments
Provides support to the project team in all aspects of production
Completes projects efficiently in a timely and complete manner
Converts limited verbal and written directions to a finished product or document
Other duties as assigned by more senior surveying professionals, Team/Group Leaders, Branch Managers or Project Managers
Essential Skills and Abilities
Ability to read and interpret project plans and specifications.
Ability to use survey equipment, data collectors and hand-held calculators
Ability to work well with others (as a team member) and alone
Ability to lead others
Ability to communicate well with other staff to accomplish team goals.
Ability to communicate well with the general public, clients, contractors and local field inspectors
Visual acuity and manual dexterity
Repetitive wrist and hand motions required.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
Ability to walk and carry up to 40 pounds of equipment for extended periods
Preferred Skills and Abilities
Desire to be helpful to internal and external clients, ability to create strong relationships in a mentoring capacity
Proven ability to successfully work against a deadline and within constrained budgets
Ability to motivate others
Strong critical thinking skills that allow for collaborative innovation in problem solving and project planning
Ability to teach junior staff both agency and company standards
Ability to drive one’s own career path, develop relationships with mentors, and seek opportunities for growth
Able to remain flexible with the ever-changing workload, working conditions and project/agency requirements
High school diploma required.
Community-college or university-level courses in drafting/civil engineering/ surveying, GIS, math (including trigonometry, geometry, coordinate geometry, and algebra,) or work in allied professions preferred
Knowledge of traffic control and safety procedures
Knowledge in the care, cleaning, and use of a variety of surveying tools and equipment.
Knowledge of the operation, checking and basic field operation of electronic total stations, data collectors, levels, tribrachs, and tripods preferred.
Two (2) years’ experience in AutoCAD preferred.
Familiar with MS Word and ability to use personal computer
One (1) year minimum experience in leading survey crews.
Four (4) to six (6) years’ experience in principles of performing basic surveys: leveling, and construction staking.
Extensive knowledge, including operation procedures, of data collectors, conventional total stations and robotic total stations required
Extensive knowledge of GPS/RTK equipment and processes preferred