Assistant City Surveyor

Requisition ID: 37920 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

Assist the City Surveyor with day to day management of the branch and provides professional survey and consulting services to internal departments and external applicants regarding the cadastre, land surveys, land titles, street tenture, disposition and acquisition of streets and registered interests in land. Represents the Land Survey Branch in rezoning and development application review. Manages staff assignments, budgets and scheduling, prepares Administrative Reports to council and Council Resolutions. 


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

Reports to the City Surveyor.  Provides professional advice to Legal Services, Real Estate & Facilities Management, Engineering Services, Park Board, Risk Management, the Approving Officer, and planning and development staff.  Assists the City Surveyor with quality assurance, supervision, and work assignments for 3 exempt staff British Columbia Land Surveyors (Surveyor I’s), 2 Land Survey Technicians, 4 Survey Assistants, and 4 Engineering Assistants.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Supervises work of Engineering Assistants in development application review, GIS data entry, encroachment applications, subdivision applications, and management of cadastral records.
  • Manages staff assignments and quality assurance for Surveyor I’s.
  • Facilitates applications and stakeholder reviews for road closures, street leases and encroachments.  Prepares and reviews Administrative Reports to Council for same.
  • Provides instruction to Legal Services for legal agreements related to development, land dispositions and acquisitions; conducts complex historical title research; manages routine HR and budget tasks.
  • Performs airspace subdivision reviews.
  • Provides mentorship to staff including Land Surveyors in Training (LST), keeps abreast of emerging technology applications and practices, meets mandatory ABCLS CPD requirements and fosters team development and performance review.
  • Negotiates fees for service and maintains records of costs and fees collected for land survey services provided to internal clients.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the Integrated Survey Area and the Metro Vancouver Active Control System.
  • Manages applications from government agencies for SRW’s over City land i.e. BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver, Translink.
  • Advises Real Estate Services staff with Crown Lands applications.
  • Manages procurement of branch equipment.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • A practicing member of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) and a minimum of 8 years experience as a commissioned BC Land Surveyor (BCLS).
  • Experience working within a local government organization is an asset.
  • A post-secondary degree in Geomatics is an asset.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the Land Title Act, Vancouver Charter, Strata Property Act, Land Act, Expropriation Act and other statutes and regulations governing the surveying of land in BC as well as knowledge of the principles and procedures in dealing with land and streets in the City of Vancouver.
  • Judgement skills.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to be impartial and objective.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines. 


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: March 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-091: $102, 256 - $127,830 annually


Application Close: March 24, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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