Survey Instrument Operator

Reports to: Survey Crew Chief/Project Manager

FLSA Status: Full-time, Non-exempt

Department: Surveying

Division: Field Location: Colorado Springs, CO

General Summary: The Instrument Operator is a participating member of the survey crew, proficient in operating surveying instruments and survey quality GPS equipment for the survey crew. Including but not limited to right-of-way surveying, cadastral surveying, geodetic surveying, topographic surveying, construction surveying and the establishment and preservation of county right-of-way documentation, property corners, and control.

Essential Functions:

Field Duties

  • The ability and knowledge to accurately and efficiently support your crew chief to perform the following tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Well Connect Pipeline Surveys
  • Well Head Staking
  • Pipeline Route Staking
  • Pipeline As-built Surveys
  • Construction Staking
  • Topographical Surveys
  • Boundary Surveys
  • ALTA Surveys
  • Proficient operation of Trimble GPS and Robotic Total Station, to include Trimble Field Software.
  • Proficient operation of Auto and Digital Level equipment.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret engineering plans accurately.
  • Maintain Baseline standards in survey notes, point descriptions, and calculations.
  • Provide field documentation in anticipation of PLS’s and/or office support’s needs.
  • Receive and follow direction from survey crew chief, survey crew liaison, and project managers.

Other Functions:

  • Upload and download data daily.
  • Make copies of field notes and return project packets.
  • Understand Baseline services and standards in order to be the best possible first impression for potential clients.
  • Hold existing clients in high regard and be ready to assist in finding solutions.
  • Perform other duties as determined by Crew Chief, Project Manager or Division Manager.

Equipment and Supply Coordination

  • Maintain: survey equipment, vehicles, batteries, and consumables inventory in storage and in a vehicle.

Job Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty proficiently. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

LANGUAGE SKILLS-Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Must possess the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS-Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as algebra, trigonometry, plane and solid geometry. Also the ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY-Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Education or Formal Training:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Trig and Algebra

Environmental Factors:

If required to work in the field, work is regularly performed for sustained periods outdoors and occasionally in hot, cold or inclement weather.

Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to walk, stand or sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to repetitively finger, handle, feel or operate standard computers and other field and office equipment; reach with hands and arms.

While working in the office: Typically sit at a desk or table; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to 30 lbs. While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information, and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks; and interact with staff and other organizations and supervisors, co-workers, inspectors and employees in other departments and others encountered in the course of work.

While working in the field: Regularly walk, stand or stoop. The employee is occasionally required to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to 40 lbs. Use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity. Carry equipment up and down steep terrain. Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. May regularly drive a field truck and occasionally operate a rugged off terrain vehicle.

Job Type: Full-time

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources at

Baseline is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are dedicated to hiring qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified protected veterans.