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DOWL Survey Manager in Helena, Montana


For the past 60 years, DOWL has been an established, highly reputable civil engineering firm, recognizing that our people are the foundation of our past, present, and future. DOWL’s four core values are Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inspiration. These values are rooted in everything we do. As a valued partner of our engineering team, you will be one of the People Who Make It Happen!


The position’s primary function is to manage the local Survey group, help set and achieve goals, write proposals, pursue new business, measure success and conduct survey activities. The manager will ensure that the department is an integral part of the firm, working productively with the other practice areas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Responsible for marketing and business development activities within the survey market sector.

  • Review potential survey projects with the sub practice area leader and/or clients to determine the scope of work. Determine the person-power and equipment necessary to accomplish the work. Prepare technical and cost proposals to accomplish the work.

  • Evaluate priorities, coordinate, and organize the work effort. Prepare daily work assignments for field and office staff.

  • Perform or direct research of public records and company archives to supply field and office personnel with information necessary to accomplish assigned tasks.

  • Perform or direct control, Cadastral/boundary, topographic surveys, and construction staking.

  • Work independently or as part of a two-person or three-person survey crew.

  • Set the technical standard and supervise the work being performed. Perform or review the necessary calculations to determine boundaries, areas, and quantities.

  • Consult with office survey technicians, assist, and direct final computations; ensure that the final map or plat represents a comprehensive and accurate description of the field survey. Stamp and sign survey work products.

  • Maintain budgets and review invoices. Resolve billing conflicts.

  • Perform administrative functions such as reviewing time sheets, purchase requests, and invoices for purchases made.

  • Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises employees in the local survey sub practice area. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the firm’s policies and applicable laws and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, directing and conducting work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum of five years’ experience as a survey project manager. Experience managing and personally performing a broad range of survey projects including but not limited to ALTA, boundary, parcel maps, tract maps, record of surveys, topographic, conventional and GPS field work, construction staking, remote sensing, PLSS, is required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor or the ability to obtain licensure within three months of employment in State work is being performed in required.

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Software Experience

  • Extensive experience with Trimble Business Center (TBC), Trimble Access and AutoCAD Civil 3D are required. Experience with Global Mapper, ArcGIS, and Agisoft is preferred.

Work Environment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The majority of work under this position is performed indoors on a computer. This is not a remote position. However, the employees in this role should be prepared for outdoor work (on a variety of different weather conditions) throughout the year. Outdoor work ranges from high density urban to extremely remote settings. Individuals must be prepared to adapt quickly from one extreme to the other.

Geographic locations are taken into consideration with respect to compensation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)