Survey Assistant Job Description and Responsibility

Job purpose

Survey assistants provide significant support to surveyors in performing necessary measurements in order to determine the position, shape and elevation of the Earth. Survey assistants spend most of their working time outside, taking measurement and assisting surveyors. They can work for governmental agencies or surveying organizations.

Main responsibilities

  • Assist and help surveyors in performing field surveys
  • Participate in drafting survey notes and creating detailed drawings
  • Create and manage survey reports and databases
  • Participate and coordinate on-field surveys
  • Take measurements
  • Collaborate with surveyors in performing daily activities
  • Collect and test oil, water and soil samples
  • Clean and prepare the land before taking measurements
  • Ensure compliance with survey activities standards and regulations
  • Transport, handle and maintain survey equipments and utensils
  • Assist technicians in making technical calculating
  • Participate in establishing survey plans, strategies, objectives and goals
  • Ensure compliance with safety environmental policies
  • Conduct research activities in order to discover new and improved survey techniques
  • Participate in planning, organizing and scheduling survey activities
  • Establish and maintain long-term relationships with other survey assistants and surveyors
  • Introduce results and measurements into a computer program
  • Use technical and digital equipment and tools in order to perform daily activities
Required skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Very good organizational competences
  • Strategic planning abilities
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Attention to details
  • Team worker
  • Efficient in time management
  • Results oriented
  • Technical knowledge and competences
  • IT knowledge and computer proficiency
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Quick learner and eager to develop and improve
  • Attentive and able to focus
  • Math skills
  • Able to provide technical advice and support
  • Ability to operate technical and electronic equipment
  • Able to perform well without close supervision
  • Physical strength and ability to work under pressure
  • Driving license
Education and training

Educational and training requirements for a position as Survey assistant slightly vary depending on the area of expertise and analysis. However, most employers require candidates formal studies in one of these fields: Surveying, Surveying Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Geology (for land survey assistants) or any other technical discipline. Most survey assistants also receive an on-the-job training. The employment outlook and advancement prospects are very good. Those who decide to continue their studies and develop their competences can soon move on to higher positions. Statistics show that the number of those working as survey assistants will increase by 21% until 2016.

Salary and earnings

Most survey assistants receive their salaries depending on their level of experience, educational background, the amount of responsibilities involved, type and size of company they work for and geographical location. The average salary for a survey assistant usually reaches 50.000 dollars a year.