POSITION: Hydrographic Surveyor II

SALARY:$61,710.00 – $94,566.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 08/22/18
CLOSING DATE: 09/07/18 05:00 PM
The Port of Portland has long standing contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (since 1891) to maintain the Columbia River navigation channel to 43 feet. Most of this work takes place during dredge season which is approximately between the months of June through November. The dredging operation covers approximately 106 miles from Astoria to Portland. The Hydrographic Surveyor will work alongside the Port’s dredge vessel “Oregon” conducting and directing surveys in accordance with the US Army Corps of Engineers contract.
Lead the hydrographic surveys along the Columbia River between Astoria and Portland for the Port’s dredging vessel “Oregon” maintaining the operation in accordance with the United States Army Corps of Engineers contract Utilize advanced techniques to perform and direct accurate and complete hydrographic and land surveys at all Port facilities Prepare project scope of work, appropriate methods and equipment and cost estimates for the survey aspect of engineering and land development projects Process field measurements into X, Y, Z positions with point descriptions when necessary utilizing Hypack, Terramodel, Trimble Business Center and AutoCad Manage survey consultants and Port technicians through all phases of Port hydrographic and land survey projects Lead hydrographic activities by providing professional and technical support, expertise, and guidance to Port staff, Port operating areas, and outside consultants and agencies for development of Port projects Provide data in appropriate format for the use of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, dredge Oregon personnel, Port personnel and stakeholders Manage and archive all hydrographic survey files for future use and liability Serve as backup for the quality control manager performing water quality monitoring andI.T. support for the Port’s dredging operation and the Port’s dredge vessel “Oregon”Provide field and office support for the Port survey department during the off-dredging season

Bachelor’s degree in surveying and/or geomatics with specific focus on land and hydrographic surveying or related field; or extended experience and associate degree (preferred).Minimum 4 years’ experience working as a land surveyor and 4 years as a hydrographic surveyorExperience working in marine and airfield security environments; or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experienceExperience as a project lead of hydrographic and land surveying projectsTechnical and professional competence related to surveying, design, boundary determination, land divisions, hydrographic and constructionExperience using GPS field data collection equipment and softwareOregon Professional Land Surveyor license (PLS) (preferred)ACSM-THSOA Certified Hydrographer (preferred)Experience in Hypack, Terramodel, Trimble Business Center and CAD (AutoCAD and LDD) terrain modeling and draftingKnowledge and understanding of surveying theory and practice and in-depth understanding of engineering design concepts and survey practices related to land divisions, easements, hydrographic surveys and boundary determinationExperience using GPS survey instruments, terrestrial total station, electronic levels and software to accomplish the collection of field data for hydrographic and land surveyingObtain security badging at marine terminals, PDX and other Port facilities, which may require a background checkValid Oregon or Washington driver’s license or the ability to obtain one (required)
Skilled atComputer and general Microsoft Office skillsStrong verbal and written communication skillsReading and interpreting architectural and engineering design drawingsProducing neat and organized survey notes under all weather conditions  Ability to:Assess conditions to determine methods, equipment and procedures for conducting/directing hydrographic and field surveysStrong ability to work with different agencies and departmentsOperate survey total stations, electronic levels, hydrographic survey equipment and provide professional support/expertise and guidance to Port operating areasDemonstrate the Port’s commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive


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