– It All Starts Here


Survey/Mapping Technician PIA I (9-month temp)

East Lansing, MI, USA
Michigan State University – Infrastructure Planning & Facilities - Landscape Services Department

The Landscape Services department is seeking a highly motivated and focused Individual to work alongside the Landscape Construction Manager, Landscape Architect and Landscape GIS Analyst with recordation of $2.5 million worth of improvements on campus annually. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience building relationships with teams; be knowledgeable in constructing a site design, managing a project, staking and/or calculating survey points for alignment and grading, be able to operate traditional and GPS survey equipment (Trimble), have Autodesk CAD experience to render drawings and update campus base map using field collected data, have the ability to multi-task successfully and manage stressful situations professionally and be able to demonstrate respectful and courteous people skills in every interaction.

Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this position.
Education: One or more of the following required; Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience (3 years), associate or bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
Training: Employees in this position usually need one year of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this position.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Time Management — Managing one's own time.
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Instructing -- Teaching others how to do something.

Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Far Vision -- The ability to see details at a distance.
Oral Comprehension — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Depth Perception -- The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
MSU construction – Knowledge of MSU construction standards, details, specifications, and contracts. Also, knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, GPS, robotic total station, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures and adjustments, azimuths, level runs, and placement of markers.
Record survey measurements and descriptive data using notes, drawings, electronic data collectors, and sketches.
Search for section corners, and survey points.
Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
Lay out grids, and determine horizontal and vertical controls.
Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
Compile information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
Prepare topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
Place and hold measuring tapes when electronic distance-measuring equipment is not used.
Collect information needed to carry-out new surveys using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
Perform manual labor, such as carrying stakes, rebar, and other heavy items, and stacking rods.
Maintain equipment used by surveying crews.
Layout project limits and expectations to ensure contractors are aware of what it is they are to construct.
Install detour building signage informing customers of impacts relating to construction.
Communicate with MISSDIG to have construction sites marked for utilities.
Review site layout, access route by contractor, and campus events calendar to ensure limited impact to the campus community resulting from the construction activities.
Partner with contractors performing work to ensure successful execution on each project.
Assist with observation of construction activities to ensure MSU safety and construction standards are implemented requiring competency of MSU construction standards, details, specifications, and contracts.
Record newly constructed improvements and replacements throughout campus with survey equipment.
Upload surveyed construction activity to the campus database using provided software.
Update campus base map features as construction concludes using CAD / Munsys.
Base map updates including, but not limited to; roadway, sidewalk, parking lot, striping, signage, storm water features and brick & retaining wall repair projects.

Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to enter data, or process information.
Processing Information — Compiling, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, and co-workers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be constructed, or used.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as passenger vehicles (golf carts).
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Preparation – Be trained in using MISSDIGs online portal to locate utilities prior to construction beginning. Follow guidelines set forth by the state ensuring compliance and preparedness to avoid underground utility damage.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Inspecting Equipment — Inspecting equipment, to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems, or process-related topics.
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Having the knowledge that electronic equipment needs to be adjusted, calibrated or repaired and knowing the company who can perform such tasks.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily based on mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Obtain photo documentation -- Obtain preconstruction and post-construction (record) photos of each project. Capture construction progress photos which identify the “root cause” to the maintenance problem.
Scheduling projects -- Assist with analyzing all construction activities within a given area of campus to produce monthly “look-ahead” schedules to coordinate the different trades.
Coordination with Landscape Services crews -- Assist with communicating scopes and impacts of unit cost projects to Landscape Services crews to aide with coordination.
Finances -- Assist with performing construction cost estimates and material take-offs.

30% Perform pre-construction duties to include: setting up the projects in ArcMap, take preconstruction photos, coordinate any contractor needs, place detour signage in buildings and communicate with customers, communicate with Landscape Services crews, and layout projects limits.
30% Perform construction duties to include: observing the contractor methods of construction to ensure MSU construction standards are met, photograph “root-cause” problems, and capture post construction (record) photos.
40% Perform post-construction duties to include: Project layout, assist other Landscape Services crews with layout, surveying/mapping post construction projects, downloading field data files for mapping changes, update campus base map using CAD, updating ArcMap Project Mgmt. application, reviewing and filing approved contractor invoices, electronically sending the invoices to MSU Purchasing, and reviewing the completed projects to determine what Landscape Services crews will be required to restore the sites.

To have knowledge and operating skills, or to obtain the knowledge and operating skills within a reasonable amount of time of the following survey equipment and/or hardware:
Trimble Equipment: Trimble S6 Robotic total station, Trimble R10 GPS/GNSS, Trimble TSC-3 controller, Trimble Access, Trimble Visibility, Trimble Office
MDOT and MSU CORS station/data.

Windows based PC

To have knowledge and operating skills, or to obtain the knowledge and operating skills within a reasonable amount of time, of the following software:
AutoCad Civil 3D
Microsoft Office 365: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint etc…
ArcGIS / ArcMap / Collector / Field Maps / AGOL
Adobe / Illustrator / InDesign / Photo Shop
BlueCielo Meridian
Google products
USGS / NGS Websites
Snagit 12 Editor

Apply online here

MSU Landscape Services
1060 Stadium Drive
East Lansing, MI, 48824 USA
MSU Landscape Services on Facebook


Printable version of this page Posted 2021-09-15 under Surveying