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The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a federal nonprofit wholesale power marketer that operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid, selling carbon-free electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to consumers and businesses in eight states. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world and actively pursues cost-effective energy savings solutions for the Northwest. With locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, BPA offers work/life balance and rewarding career opportunities. Veterans are encouraged to consider a career at BPA, and the organization also offers internships and programs for students and recent graduates.

This position is located with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), within the Geomatics (TERG) organization within Real Property Services (TER), Engineering & Technical Services.

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application.

How to Apply - External Application Link(s): 

 24-BPA- 40569-12450352-DE:

24-BPA- 40569-12450351-MP:


Open & Close date:     Open: 06/21/2024    Close: 06/30/2024

LOCATION(s)             Vancouver, WA

SALARY:                     $93,543 - $121,601 per year


As a Land Surveyor, you will:

A successful candidate in this Land Surveyor position will serve as an Office Land Surveyor within the Geomatics to provide surveying and mapping services for various BPA missions and programs.

Provide professional guidance regarding boundaries, titles and legal descriptions to subordinates, real property services staff and other interested parties within the agency.

Review and certify legal descriptions for the acquisition of real property rights for BPA projects.

Provide professional expertise and facilitates the flow of geospatial information from Surveying and Mapping to other organizations, internal and external to BPA.

Maintain communication and ensures timely data flow between organizational units, land representatives and design engineers for interrelated project work in the design, acquisition and construction of transmission lines and facilities.

Prepare specifications and guidelines for a variety of surveying and mapping contracts according to specific project requirements and develops cost estimates based on appropriate research of the project and knowledge of required effort.

REQUIREMENTSConditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • This position does not support remote work. You will be required to report physically to the official reporting worksite as specified by the supervisor, but no less than 3 days per pay period
  • This position requires a Professional Land Surveyor license from a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination.
  • This position requires a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.
  • Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations


  1. Degree: land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments. -OR-


  1. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education. - OR-


  1. The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Using advanced knowledge to carry out the planning, direction and performance of land surveying, mapping technologies and methodologies to provide seamless production of field to finish mapping products, including geographic information systems for implementation.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This vacancy has a positive education requirement. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Department of Education Accreditation Search to verify school accreditation.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.DO NOT email or mail in any of your application documents. Documents will not be accepted outside of the online application system.
In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide copies of your college transcripts. Failure to provide copies of your college transcripts may result in a rating of "Ineligible".


To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application package.

 (See Required Documents section on application).

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application.

To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement closing date to receive consideration.

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