*Measure Distances and Angles on Properties
*Perform Mathematical Calculations
*Delineate Boundaries and Reference Points
*Develop Land Survey Reports and Guidelines
*Conduct Historical and Legal Property Research
* Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys in order to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
* Verify the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.
* Direct or conduct surveys in order to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.
* Record the results of surveys, including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.
* Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
* Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
* Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
* Plan and conduct ground surveys designed to establish baselines, elevations, and other geodetic measurements.
* Search legal records, survey records, and land titles in order to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.
* Coordinate findings with the work of engineering and architectural personnel, clients, and others concerned with projects.
* Adjust surveying instruments in order to maintain their accuracy.
* Establish fixed points for use in making maps, using geodetic and engineering instruments.
* Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas, using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).
* Train assistants and helpers, and direct their work in such activities as performing surveys or drafting maps.
* Analyze survey objectives and specifications in order to prepare survey proposals or to direct others in survey proposal preparation.
* Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data in order to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
* Develop criteria for survey methods and procedures.
* Develop criteria for the design and modification of survey instruments.
* Conduct research in surveying and mapping methods, using knowledge of techniques of photogrammetric map compilation and electronic data processing.
* Locate and mark sites selected for geophysical prospecting activities, such as efforts to locate petroleum or other mineral products.
* Survey bodies of water in order to determine navigable channels and to secure data for construction of breakwaters, piers, and other marine structures.
* Direct aerial surveys of specified geographical areas.
* Determine specifications for photographic equipment to be used for aerial photography, as well as altitudes from which to photograph terrain.