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Survey Party Chief | Transportation Engineer 2 (Bellingham)

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is looking to hire an experienced engineer to take on the responsibilities as a Survey Party Chief in our Project Engineer’s Office in Bellingham, WA. This position will be tasked with leading a survey crew to complete all survey related deliverables in support of project delivery. In addition, this position will support the administration or delivery of Plans, Specifications and Estimates for highway construction projects and may also serve on a Design-Build team. This position duties include communication and coordination of design, inspection, and contract administration activities with internal and external stakeholders. The responsibilities of this position will have a high impact to fulfill WSDOT’s mission of providing and supporting safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for the state of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Survey Party Chief will:
  • Directs a survey crew performing alignment control, location survey work and/or construction staking using manual and/or electronic data collection procedures
  • Determine data collection needs as well as accurate, efficient and safe operation of the party
  • Train party members in all aspects of surveying and safety procedures
  • Serves as interface with public and contractors
  • Assists designers with the establishment of project control
  • Prepare the data for transfer to the contractor
  • Assists designers in the research of recorded survey data to determine property boundaries and ownership.
  • Assist in the preparation of project plans, specifications, estimates, and other project documentation or data pertaining to the project. 
  • Completes assignments in an independent manner with only spot check supervision, focusing on key priorities. 
  • Coordinate with WSDOT internal team, support groups, and local agencies to deliver transportation projects. 
  • Performs other duties as required. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Current valid drivers license
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university with a major study in Civil Engineering or a closely related field, OR
  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Certification, OR
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, or closely equivalent survey work experience, OR
  • Certification as a Professional Land Surveyor or equivalent experience
In addition to:
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 40lbs of various materials and/or equipment, and work adjacent to heavy traffic while traversing uneven terrain. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate, interact, and coordinate work activities with WSDOT staff, local agencies, support groups, consultants, general contractors, and the public. 
  • Ability to direct, mentor, and supervise staff in their preparation of plans, standards, and estimates.
  • Ability to use critical path scheduling methods and the project management process and tools to build, update, and troubleshoot project delivery schedules. 
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • General Knowledge of surveying practices and principles
  • Research and cadastral survey experience
  • Ability to solve problems using mathematics, including trigonometry, algebra and geometry.
  • Proficiency with computer software including Microsoft Office, Micro-Station, EBASE, ProjectWise, and InRoads.
  • Certification as a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT)
  • Field experience in construction staking of transportation projects.
  • Experience working safely on construction sites and highways
  • Certification as a WSDOT General Inspector or the ability to obtain within six months of hire
Important Notes 
  • The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • Travel throughout the position’s assigned area and the region is an expectation of this position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis. 
  • This announcement may be extended beyond the listed closing date to create a broader and competitive candidate pool. However, the hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time during the process. It is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.  
  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?
How to Apply 
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
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For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-10349 in the subject line. 
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