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PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR (Anticipated Vacancy)- 37001270

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 274121 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR (Anticipated Vacancy)- 37001270

Position Number: 37001270 

Salary:  $43,507 to $60,000 

Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2021 


Department of Environmental Protection

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

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Professional Land Surveyor

Position Number: 37001270


The Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (ORCP) is seeking to fill a full-time Professional Land Surveyor position.


Program Overview:

In order to protect, preserve and manage Florida’s valuable sandy beaches and adjacent coastal systems, the Legislature adopted the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act, contained in Parts I and II of Chapter 161, Florida Statutes. The Act provides three interrelated programs administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (ORCP) that work in concert to accomplish the task. Those programs are the Coastal Construction Control Line Program, the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program, and the Beaches, Inlets and Ports Program.  Beach Field Services staff within ORCP support these programs.

Beach Field Services (BFS) is responsible for maintaining a statewide geodetic control network; performing topographic and geodetic surveys (both conventional and global positioning systems) pursuant to annual coastal data collection under the ORCP’s regional coastal monitoring program and other data collection work as directed; and providing compliance support to ensure continuity of beach regulatory services statewide.

The geodetic control network is used to legally describe the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) in the 25 coastal counties with established CCCLs and as a baseline to monitor shoreline changes along 825 miles of beaches that front the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. BFS surveyors perform network maintenance and topographic profiling of Florida’s beaches on a four-year work cycle. Regional Coastal Monitoring Data provides information on surveying work schedules, control monument tabulation, and supplemental survey control.

The Historic Shoreline Database contains many directories of related types of information about beach changes in Florida. Beach profile data files collected by BFS surveyors or by private company land surveyors can be found in the ProfileData directory and visually in the ClickOnProfiles directory. BFS works collaboratively with the GIS support staff of ORCP in managing a historic shoreline database of survey data collected by BFS surveyors or by private company land surveyors, 


Specific Duties of the Position:

  • The incumbent of this position is a member of DEP’s Disaster Response Team and in that capacity may be required, on short notice, to perform duties and necessary attendant travel in support of disaster relief efforts.


  • In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Department’s Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.


  • This is a professional position that provides assistance and coordinates with the other program areas of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (ORCP), in pursuit of the overall mission to preserve, restore, and protect the beaches and coastal systems of Florida.


  • Serves as supervisor for field survey crew within the Beach Field Services Program. Responsible for assignment of field survey staff personnel to perform topographic and geodetic surveys (both conventional and global positioning systems (GPS)) pursuant to annual coastal data collection under the ORCP’s regional coastal monitoring program and other data collection work as directed.  Performs all data collection work in accordance with the Division’s established technical specifications. Performs topographic and geodetic surveys as needed to assist the field survey staff.  Responsible for accuracy, reliability, and timely delivery of all data collection work performed.


  • Responsible for planning and coordinating data collection survey work and processes all gathered field data in a timely manner according to established schedules and priorities. Develops and maintains standardized field data collection and monument maintenance procedures and ensures that staff is knowledgeable of and performs those procedures. Conducts evaluation and implementation of new data collection systems, equipment, and methodology, as appropriate. 
  • Provides professional surveyor expertise and technical assistance for the Division based on established priorities or as directed. Such assistance may include: survey work related to permit applications, beach erosion control projects, geodetic control, post-storm response, and coastal construction control lines; assistance in development of scope-of-works for contracts for data collection services; budget planning and expenditures; and providing expert testimony regarding survey issues, as needed.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSAs):


  • Ability to communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use scientific methods to solve problems.
  • Ability to motivate and direct employees.
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently.
  • Ability to process Raw GPS data.
  • Skill in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper License and valid driver's license.
  • Working knowledge with GPS RTK surveying.
  • Ability to travel extensively through-out year.


  • Experienced with Spectra Precision Survey Office Software.
  • Knowledge in coastal monitoring surveying, profiles/cross-sections.
  • Experience using NGS OPUS online data processing software.
  • Knowledge of 2022 datum change.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Florida Licensed Surveyor and Mapper
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license


Contact Information: 

Robert Brantly, P.E.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Coastal Engineering and Geology Group

Program Administrator

Office: 850-245-7577


DEP offers an excellent array of benefits, including                    

  • Health insurance for individual or family (HMO and PPO options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month)
  • Life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance      
  • Retirement benefits      
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for state university and Florida College System courses
  • Training opportunities
  • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee