Survey Assistant II

Requisition ID: 36899 


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

Reporting to the Technical Supervisor, the Survey Assistant II provides assistance with all aspects of conducting varied survey assignments including field and office related duties.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Surveyor to carry out field and office tasks related to different survey assignments
  • Perform physical activities in all weather conditions such as carrying equipment, climbing ladders and lifting heavy objects.
  • Perform work on active construction sites in close proximity to trench excavations and heavy duty equipment
  • Prepares field notes, sketches and makes computations and calculations
  • Operates and maintains survey equipment such as total stations, survey controllers, auto-levels and basic hand tools
  • Care for and properly maintain tools and equipment
  • Assists with locating survey pins, plugs and monuments, staking, exposing shallow utility covers and markers, clearing weeds, brush and other obstacles
  • Assists in conducting field investigations, filing, and pickup and delivery of equipment or vehicles, supplies and notices
  • Assists in traffic control duties including setting up traffic control devices
  • Carries out confined space entry procedures
  • Researches and communicates technical utility information for other city staff, providing written correspondence
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical courses related to the work and some related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience in the operation of total stations with data recorders and manual survey instruments


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good knowledge of municipal design and construction of sewer and drainage systems
  • Working knowledge of the survey methods, technology and equipment used in municipal survey work
  • Working knowledge of office methods, procedures and practices
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with staff and other contacts
  • Ability to perform physical work such as lifting heavy objects and carrying equipment and tools
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, on active construction sites, and in proximity of vehicle traffic
  • Ability to accurately read and interpret legal survey documents and engineering design drawings
  • Ability to work in a team setting with little or no supervision
  • Ability to meet tight time lines in a multi-task environment
  • Ability to interact tactfully and courteously with others


Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and a Satisfactory National Safety Code driving record


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: November 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-015: $26.87 to $31.56 per hour


Application Close: October 2, 2022

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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