Rice Associates, Inc.





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We are seeking a Survey Instrument Operator for our Manassas office. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and a self-reliant individual who has a genuine interest in land surveying.

Role and Responsibility

  • Assists the Crew Chief with all aspects of the daily crew workload.

  • Assists in the performance of boundary, ALTA, topographic, right-of way acquisition, transmission line, transportation, and construction surveys.

  • Responsible for daily uploading and downloading of data collectors, daily care and charging of instrumentation.

  • Assists in gathering all necessary information needed to properly perform the survey in the most time-efficient manner.

  • Assists in making calculations and maintaining records essential to survey.

  • Assists Crew Chief with the effective maintenance and operation of vehicles, equipment, tools and supplies.

  • Assists in accurately and efficiently collecting field data and completing the necessary paperwork in accordance with company guidelines.

  • Maintains certifications (including traffic control) related to his/her role.

  • Follows policies and procedures to ensure all work is done accurately and efficiently.

  • Attends meetings in and out of the office, including Safety Meetings.

  • Maintains regular, predictable, and punctual attendance to ensure on-time crew departure to job sites.

Qualifications and Skills

  • High school diploma or equivalent (minimum).

  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

  • Current OSHA safety and confined space training preferred, but not required.

  • 2+ years of experience as a survey instrument operator.

  • Experience with survey equipment (GPS, Robotics, Total Stations, Levels, and Data Collectors) and data collection software.

  • Frequent travel with multiple overnight stays.

  • Maintain a valid driver’s license.

  • Good collaboration and communication skills.

  • Good computer and data collector skills.

  • Good mathematical skills.

  • Detail-oriented and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy.

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime as needed.