Survey Party Chief

South Plainfield, New Jersey


This position is based in our South Plainfield, NJ office and would perform field surveys throughout the NY/NJ Metropolitan area and beyond. Successful candidate must have valid driver’s license and must be physically capable and willing to work outdoors for the full day, in any environment/condition, at any time of day, throughout the entire year, at any location served (now or in the future) by MFS. The Party Chief would work solo and/or with an instrument operator. Experience with Leica data collection software is required, including running the data collector, along with downloading/uploading files in accordance with company procedures. Knowledge and ability to collect data in a manner acceptable for field to finish procedures is highly desirable.


  • Run and supervise a one or two man field crew.
  • Prepare field notes, sketches, and photos.
  • Collect and code data for topographic, utility, structural monitoring, boundary, wetlands, and other types of surveys.
  • Perform construction layout.
  • Utilize robotic total stations, optical/digital levels, and GPS.
  • Perform daily downloads of data collector files.
  • Adhere to company protocols for maintenance and upkeep of survey equipment and vehicles.
  • Interface and report to MFS’ Principal Land Surveyor or project managers as assigned to a project.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • The employee must be able to lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be able to drive to job sites and comfortably over-see projects at those job site which includes mobility once at the job-site


  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a party chief.
  • Experience with Leica robotic total stations.
  • Wide range of experience in topographic/boundary survey and construction layout.
  • Ability to react positively to difficult project assignments and/or client representatives.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, yet follow defined procedures within reason.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, and have a clean driving record.
  • Must be willing to travel within NJ and adjoining states.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Must be able to use a desk phone and cell phone to communicate with clients


  • Experience with laser scanning.
  • Structural monitoring experience.
  • Ability to be the lead party chief on large multi crew projects.