Title:  Survey Specialist


Requisition Id: 2484 

Salary: $48,528.00 - $60,564.00  

Salary Grade: S8 

Job Location:  Commission Headquarters (JEFFE1) 

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a culture of trusted professionals that are dedicated to our mission, responsible stewards, and believe in One MDC. 

To learn more about the job, feel free to contact the hiring supervisor- Travis A Tomson at Travis.Tomson@mdc.mo.gov or at573 5224115x3314.  


Support engineering surveys for the Design and Development Division.

Essential Job Duties

  • Operates high precision survey equipment including GPS, theodolite, electronic distance measuring equipment, total station, level and programmable calculator.
  • Checks field procedures such as computations, notes and equipment operation to ensure that accuracy of survey data is within allowable limits.
  • Maintains precision survey instruments and equipment; assists with training survey crew personnel to operate precision survey equipment in a safe, proper and accurate manner.
  • Conduct site measurements with survey-grade GPS technologies.
  • Establish bench-level and GPS control networks.
  • Import/export data in computer aided drafting (CAD) environment and develop/edit models.
  • Analyze and interpret survey data and coordinate with users.
  • Operate highly advanced scientific measuring equipment using surveying optical and light-emitting scanning instruments.

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of a course of study for the Certified Survey Technician test, or related.
  • Four (4) years of experience in conducting engineering surveys.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in close proximity to, and operate, heavy equipment, hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of electronic survey equipment, including total station, data collectors, GPS (survey grade).
  • Working knowledge of drafting software, including AutoCAD and Civil 3D.
  • Ability to perform bathymetric survey and review the information.
  • Ability to train survey crew members to operate precision survey equipment.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action.
  • Ability to work under stress for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight regularly.

Work Environment

  • Regularly work in outdoor weather environments (cold/hot/humid/wet).

Physical Abilities

  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Constantly operate tools and other machinery and relocate machinery to other areas.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Regularly lift up to 15 pounds, correctly lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Concentrated attention is required at all times.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.  Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

Salaried and hourly employees are expected to use a mobile device-cellular phone for Department business, as needed. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Jefferson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Columbia Missouri