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Survey Crew Chief, Iowa

Kirkham Michael Urbandale, IA

Survey Crew Chief, Iowa

Company Summary

Kirkham Michael is an award-winning multi-disciplined civil engineering firm dedicated to the success of our clients. We provide full-service engineering from concept to final design and construction engineering services.  Kirkham Michael provides integrated engineering and construction services to a wide variety of public and private clients. We are a dynamic firm focused on our clients’ success and we fulfill project and program needs from initial concept through implementation with innovative, yet practical solutions. We employ results-oriented professionals in offices throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.


Kirkham Michael continually invests in our people and their skills to maximize the value delivered to our clients.  Our engineering expertise, clear communications, and commitment to our clients’ success have been proven time and again on successful projects throughout the region.


Kirkham Michael is a growing company with great benefits. Join us today!


Job Summary/Objective

Assist Survey Manager in development of proposals and coordinate with engineering department on joint projects; deliver profitable projects. Understand tolerances and accuracy as they relate to project needs; interpretation of construction plans and record maps; understanding of field codes and stringing (field to office data collection); and boundary procedures and analysis. Accept responsibility for seeking and acting on feedback needed; resolve project-related personnel issues.  Adhere to established company policies, follow all survey service line procedures, and assure that the crew follows standard procedures. Organizes and maintains field survey crew efficiently in completing specific jobs.


Essential functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Perform field survey activities in accordance with standards set by state statutes and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. 
  • Assure crew adheres to procedures in the safety manual and uses all personal safety equipment provided. 
  • Plan daily activities considering possible multiple projects to meet productivity goals set by Project Managers.
  • Supervise crew-level vehicle and equipment inventory, loading and maintenance.  
  • Supervise the crew’s use of equipment, preparation of sketches and notes, and electronic data collection.
  • Communicate with the entire crew and office staff about all aspects of the project. 
  • Work without direct day-to-day supervision and make technical and supervisory decisions for projects assigned within specified limits of authority. 
  • Supervise daily Data Collector downloading.  
  • Prepare daily time sheets, data logs, expense reports and field change orders. 
  • Provide input to Project Manager (Field Supervisor) and Group Leader for the formal performance evaluation of crew members. 
  • Participate in Survey Department and/or crew training. 
  • Accurately calculates and records field data. Reviews job specifications and plans field work methods and costs.  
  • Must be competent in the knowledge of/and able to perform the following: analyze survey control— GPS and conventional; preparation of ALTA surveys; assume duties of Survey Manager in his/her absence; ensure the accurate and complete preparation of, and sign: Tentative Map, Parcel Map, Final Map, Record of Survey, ALTA, Maps, Plats, and Legal Descriptions.  
  • Provide training for field and office personnel.   
  • Works closely with project surveyors.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  
  • Involved in outreach activities with community service organizations
  • CSM activities for specifically targeted clients
  • Member of Professional Surveyor Organization


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Oversees survey crew


Work Environment

  • Mix of indoor and outdoor, majority outdoor


Physical Requirements

  • Sitting, standing, walking, ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Travel Required

  • The travel expectation for this role will be up to 90%.

Required Education and Experience

Requirements that are job-related and consistent with business necessity

  • 4 years previous experience performing design project surveys, locating section corners, topographic surveys, boundary surveying, and construction staking
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent minimum   
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to be insured 
  • Proficient with GPS and Total Station survey equipment


Preferred Education and Experience

Preferences that are job-related and consistent with business necessity

  • 4-6 years previous experience
  • CADD experience desirable
  • Associates Degree or equivalent preferred
  • Surveyor in Training (SIT) or approval of a Senior Manager


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All surveyors may be required to perform duties described in the Technician, Designer and Construction categories.


We provide career growth opportunities and recognize and reward an individual's contributions, efforts, and teamwork. Kirkham Michael is a great place to work where you can achieve both your professional and personal goals. Kirkham Michael offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. We have an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), 401K plan, professional membership and tuition reimbursement program, an employee assistance program, and a flexible spending account. At Kirkham Michael, employees are rewarded based on performance.  You create your own destiny!


Kirkham Michael is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules or regulations.


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Full-time Employee
Date Posted September 13, 2023
Date Closes October 28, 2023
Start Date March 6, 2023
Requisition 1146
Located In Urbandale, IA
Job Type Full-time Employee
Shift Custom
SOC Category 17-2199.00 Engineers, All Other
Zipcode 50322
Name Rose Hauge
Address 12700 West Dodge Road
City, State and Zip Omaha, NE 68154
Phone 402-255-3807

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