A land surveyor assistant helps plot boundaries and topographical sectors of various properties and land areas. One of the most important reasons for land surveying is to protect investments; surveys are often done before purchases to ensure the scope and size of the land are correct and that the land is usable for its intended purpose. In addition to sizing land before purchase, surveying can also be used to divide land for partial sale or division, as well as to ensure that their intended use is safe in that particular area. A land surveyor assistant helps the main land surveyor with all tasks needed to properly survey the land, including assisting with operations in the field such as plotting boundaries and diverting traffic in the area. They also assist in writing the reports of the surveying team's findings.
Most of the assistant's work is done outdoors for the surveillance and mapping of the land, but there is some office work required (such as for writing reports). They typically work during daytime hours, although in rare instances nighttime work is required. Extensive travel to work sites is required for this position. Adherence to state and federal surveying laws is required at all times.
Land survey assistant should be skilled in land surveying tactics and possesses excellent communication skills. Proficiency in written and oral communication is essential for dealing with the survey leader and potential clients. A valid driver's license is required in almost every instance. Previous experience in surveying, mapping, and drawing is needed.
Land Surveyor Assistant Tasks
Record and enter survey data into databases, reports, and diagrams.
Use, create, and interpret GPS and CAD information.
Assist and receive training in conducting land and building surveys, including equipment use.