Careers: Grande Praire

Survey Party Chief – Grand Prairie, AB

Date Posted: September 17th, 2021
Location: Grande Praire

Caltech is run by professional land surveyors and project managers who are passionate about providing industry-leading service. Our company has grown from just 2 people in 1990, to a large and diverse group of over 140 hardworking professionals.

We are now looking to add a Survey Party Chief with a strong combination of construction, pipeline, oil and gas, land development and legal land surveying experience to our team. If you are motivated by success, career growth potential and a great team, we encourage you to apply today!


Why Caltech?

We offer a challenging and rewarding workplace, and provide competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and many opportunities for growth. For us work-life balance means working hard and playing hard; our clients and our people are our focus. We use the most current technology and have made professional development a key part of our strategic plan.

We are committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, particularly for those who have been historically excluded from, and under-represented in the workplace, such as: Indigenous peoples, persons of color or otherwise racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women in under-represented roles, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.


What will you be doing?

As a Survey Party Chief, you will be responsible for managing a field crew and performing field survey work on projects in the construction, pipeline, oil and gas, land development and legal. Your duties will include:

  • Manage and perform field survey work with the help of Survey Assistants
  • Liaise with Project Managers and clients to coordinate field survey work, to review and manage project budgets, timeline requirements, priorities and survey methodology
  • Provide guidance, leadership and mentorship to Survey Assistants
  • Act as a company representative, liaising directly with client field representatives, landowners and other stakeholders
  • Prepare and communicate field notes, sketches, checklists and digital data in required formats for Project Managers, Land Surveyors and Drafting personnel
  • Actively participate in and proactively support the advancement of the Caltech Surveys safety program
  • Other duties as required


What do you need to be successful in this role?


  • Completion of a recognized postsecondary program related to surveying and geomatics OR demonstrate a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driver’s abstract per company policy
  • Participate in training on technology and methodology
  • Obtain and maintain valid safety tickets and essential certifications
  • Willing to work outside in the field in all weather conditions
  • Willing and able to travel extensively and be away from home frequently
  • Must be able to pass drug and alcohol testing as required to access work sites
  • Actively participate in Caltech Survey Ltd.’s health and safety program
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dedication to customer service, and the ability to motivate, develop train, and coach survey staff
  • Strong commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and time management


  • Experience with the use of ATVs/UTVs, snowmobiles, and chainsaws
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Experience in line location and legal surveys for the petroleum industry
  • Knowledge and experience using Trimble equipment and software, RTK GPS, and line locating


Working Conditions:

  • Primarily field work; in all weather conditions ranging from -50C to +40C between seasons
  • Frequent long-distance travel (driving), extensive time spent in hotels
  • Frequently lifting, pushing, pulling, walking, standing with items up to 20 lbs
  • Occasionally lifting, pushing, pulling, walking, standing with items up to 50 lbs
  • Constant balancing, climbing and walking on uneven ground and terrain
  • Frequent bending and reaching
  • Operate ATV/UTV/Snowmobile
  • Frequent use of arm strength to pound in markers/pins/stakes/post
  • Frequent exposure to loud noises
  • Constant communication (spoken, written, reading)
  • Manual dexterity required to use laptop computer and peripherals; and for manual drawings
  • Overtime as required based on workload


How to apply?

Please forward your resume to

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.