New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Land Surveyor and Senior Land Surveyor

Written Test To Be Held
June 14, 2008
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
May 12, 2008

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
24-897 Land Surveyor $49,992 G-20 $35
25-058 Senior Land Surveyor $61,517 G-24 $40

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before June 14, 2008, you must have:

For Number 24-897: A land surveyor's license and current registration.

For Number 25-058: A land surveyor's license and current registration. In addition, you must have three years of experience in the management of multiple projects and the supervision of the full range* of professional land surveying activities and staff.

* For the purposes of this examination, the "full range" of professional land surveying activities and staff is defined to include: (1) Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting land surveying data, evidence, and records; (2) Exercising independent and final professional judgment on complex legal and technical survey issues; (3) Supervising, directing and exercising leadership of field and office technical staff; (4) Planning projects, coordinating multiple project schedules, and managing staff or consultant resources; AND (5) Reviewing, certifying, and signing boundary survey maps. Be sure to clearly describe all five aspects of your experience.

Important

You must indicate your land surveyor's license number and registration information on your application by listing them in the "license or certification" section of the online/paper application. For appointment from the eligible list as a Land Surveyor or a Senior Land Surveyor you must be currently registered as a Land Surveyor in New York State.

Notes

  1. A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
  2. Although promotion examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
  3. You must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter, or otherwise demonstrate your ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
  4. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you may also be interested in competing in examinations for 24-894, Assistant Land Surveyor 1; 24-895, Assistant Land Surveyor 2; 24-896, Assistant Land Surveyor 3 for which written tests are also being held on June 14, 2008. You may file for any combination of these examinations by completing one application form listing the number(s) and title(s) of the examination(s) in which you are interested. The appropriate processing fee must be filed for each examination.
  5. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  6. New York State Residence is not required.

The Positions

The Land Surveyor positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Transportation; Office of General Services; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and Thruway Authority. The Senior Land Surveyor positions exist in the Canal Corporation; Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Transportation; Office of General Services; and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as: For Examination Numbers
24-897 25-058
1. Terrestrial and geodetic surveying - These questions test for knowledge of the principles, practices and computations used when performing surveys for land areas, control networks and construction projects, including map projections, coordinate systems, datums, and their applications to land surveys; and procedures involved in surveys applicable to establishing control networks, project control, and the position and publication of terrain data. X X
2. Principles and practical applications of highway and State land boundary determinations - These questions test for knowledge of the concepts, procedures, legal issues and computations involved in determining the boundaries of land parcels and locating survey points and determining elevations for construction projects and land features, and may include such typical areas as converting survey information to different map systems; magnetic declination conversions; survey error corrections; legal terminology involving real property; official map and deed research; property acquisition issues; and horizontal and vertical curves on roadways. X X
3. New York State regulations and legal requirements related to real property, highway, eminent domain and public lands - These questions test for knowledge of the legal terminology, documents, boundary and ownership issues pertinent to property in New York State and the rules and regulations governing the surveying and conveyance of real property and public lands. X X
4. Contracts and contract administration, including consultant contracts - These questions test for knowledge of the terminology and legal features of construction and consultant contracts; and how to properly plan, coordinate, oversee and fund such contracts. X X
5. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences. X X
6. Supervising a project - These questions test for the ability to conduct and supervise the activities necessary to achieve the goals and deadlines of a specific project. The questions cover such topics as setting up the project, developing the workplan for the project, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance and progress, coordinating phases of the project, handling problems as they arise, and meeting deadlines. X  
7. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline. X  
8. Program planning and project management - These questions test for knowledge of the principles, practices, terminology and computations used in the development, scheduling and oversight of surveying-related and similar programs, projects and contractural agreements.   X
9. Administrative supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.   X
10. Administrative techniques and practices - These questions test for a knowledge of management techniques and practices used in directing or assisting in directing a program component or an organizational segment. Questions cover such areas as interpreting policies, making decisions based on the context of the position in the organization, coordinating programs or projects, communicating with employees or the public, planning employee training, and researching and evaluating areas of concern.   X

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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Duties

As a Land Surveyor, you would exercise professional judgment on complex highway or state land boundary determinations. You would assist in the establishment of standards and procedures utilized in your profession and in the pursuit of technological advances that would increase the efficiency of your operations. You would manage project priorities, staff, work schedules, and consultant services to deliver the land surveying program and ensure quality control of survey related products and data integrity. You would provide direct supervision and technical direction of field and/or office staff, and provide guidance and direction to survey consultants. You might assist the Attorney General's Office in case preparation and you might testify as an expert witness. You would be required to sign and seal survey maps. You would prepare legal descriptions in reference to a deed(s).

As a Senior Land Surveyor, you would exercise independent professional judgment as a Department expert on complex highway or state land boundary determinations. You would establish standards and procedures utilized in your profession and pursue technological and procedural advances that would increase the efficiency of your operations. You might set policy for the use of photogrammetry, balancing and processing of field data, and interpretation of NYS Laws. You would manage the project schedule priorities and staff or consultant resources that are necessary to produce the land surveying program and ensure quality assurance of survey related products. You would provide administrative supervision, professional guidance, and technical direction to your staff. You would assist the Attorney General's Office in case preparation and you might testify as an expert witness. You would be required to sign and seal survey maps.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

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Issued: 3/28/08

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