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GPS on Independance PassCadastral Surveyors in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are the only federal surveyors with congressional authority to perform surveys on public lands. Although state licensure is not required it is strongly encouraged in all state offices. Incumbents are performing difficult and complex professional cadastral survey work involving all aspects of field and office duties. A comprehensive training package is provided for all entry level surveyors following permanent appointment. At the journeymen level, it is expected that the surveyor will be performed surveys with little direct supervision and may also lead a group of subordinates in survey activities.


To qualify for a cadastral surveyor position with BLM, applicants must have a degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis; or combination of education and experience; or a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination.

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Shoreline surveyTypically, BLM recruits potential surveyors through the Student Education Employment Program as Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) or Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) participants. On completion of the Land Surveyor Trainee component employees are converted to an entry level Cadastral Surveyor position. Promotion potential to the journeyman level and beyond comes quickly to the employee who remains flexible in their work location. This is your opportunity to become a member of the BLM family in an exciting and rewarding job with promotional opportunities and great benefits.


It is a planned and progressive educational program that offers you many advantages. You can combine your academic students with on-the-job experience. The Student Educational Employment Program (SEEP) consists of two programs the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).

Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provides temporary Federal employment to qualified students. Positions are covered by one-year renewable appointments. The duties do not have to relate to your academic career goals. Pay and Benefits: As a STEP participant, your rate of pay will depend upon your current education, work experience and other position requirements. You will also be entitled to other benefits including paid vacation days, holidays and sick leave.

Surveying in AlaskaStudent Career Experience Program (SCEP) provides valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. SCEP is designed to be a partnership between you, your school, and the Bureau. SCEP combines academic classroom learning with practical, on-the-job experience that provides you with a paid work experience in your field of study. An important benefit of the SCEP is that it may lead to permanent employment after the completion of the education and work requirements of the program. The duties of the work experience must be related to your academic career goals. Pay and Benefits: As a SCEP participant, your initial rate of pay will depend upon your education and work experience. You will also be entitled to other benefits including paid vacation days, holidays and sick leave; health and life insurance, and retirement/investment plans. You may also be eligible for training and tuition assistance.

Conversion to Permanent Employment:

Upon successful completion of all your work study and degree requirements, you will be eligible to be converted noncompetitively to a permanent position within 120 calendar days of graduation.

Eligibility to Participate in SEEP Program:

Following is the promotional career path of a Land Surveyor without adjustment for locality differences:

For more information on job opportunities contact

  Alaska Dan Johnson 907-267-1406
  Arizona Dale Wilson 623-580-5652
  California James McCavitt 916-978-4312
  Colorado Paul Lukacovic 303-239-3818
  Eastern States Steve Douglas 703-440-1651
  Idaho Jeff Lee 208-373-3984
  Montana Steve Schey 406-896-5132
  Nevada Dave Clark 775-861-6559
  New Mexico James Claflin 505-438-7493
  Oregon Jack Bowder 503-952-6146
  Utah Ron Baugh 801-539-4156
  Wyoming John Lee 307-775-6216
  Washington D.C. Don Buhler 202-452-7781

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