Survey Assistant II (Waterworks Design)

Requisition ID: 21473 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.


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


Main Purpose and Function

The main purpose of the position is to assist a Survey Technician in manual and technical work in all aspects of conducting varied survey assignments including field and office related duties. This position will report to Engineering Assistant IV and Engineering Assistant III. 


The regular work schedule for this position is Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and will be based at Marine Gateway Office. The successful candidate may be required to adjust shifts and change locations as operationally required.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist a Survey Technician in the surveying of streets, lanes, and parks and others as assigned.  Activities generally including:
    • Operating and maintaining survey equipment such as total stations, survey controllers, auto-levels, and basic hand tools
    • Physical work including but not limited to locating  survey pins, plugs and monuments, staking, exposing shallow utility covers and markers, clearing weeds, bush and other obstacles
    • Traffic control duties including creating basic traffic control plans, setting up traffic control devices, and acting as a traffic control person
    • Keeping field notes, sketches; making computations and calculations as required
  • Office duties include data editing and input along with basic drafting using AutoCad.
  • Secondary duties include conducting field investigations, filing, and pickup and delivery of equipment or vehicles, supplies, and notices.  
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of secondary school diploma including courses in grade 12 mathematics or pre-calculus along with related experience and training, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • A Diploma of Technology in civil engineering or geomatics is preferred.
  • Certification as a Traffic Control Person and/or training in traffic control, flagging, and site safety is an asset


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective respectful working relationships with staff, and exercise tact and diplomacy in relating to members of the public.
  • Ability to take direction from a rotating group of survey technicians in relation to specific assignments and carry out work diligently, efficiently, and safely.
  • Ability to accurately read, draw and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to perform detailed work accurately, neatly and rapidly
  • Skill in the use and care of surveying tools including total stations and levels.
  • Ability to perform physical work outdoors in all weather conditions including walking, lifting and carrying equipment over long distances on uneven terrain. 
  • Sufficient capacity to lift and carry at least 22.5kg is required.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of municipal design and construction of water main system.
  • Ability to work safely in all traffic conditions and on construction sites
  • Experience or training using AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite software


Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License or higher and a Satisfactory driving record
  • The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities
  • Your driving record will be reviewed as part of the application process. Candidates must demonstrate a safe driving history, as assessed by the City of Vancouver


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: November 2020 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-015: $25.31 to $29.74 per hour


Application Close: Friday October 23, 2020


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.