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AKS Engineering & Forestry Survey Entry Level Field Technician in Vancouver, Washington

Job Summary

AKS Engineering & Forestry (AKS) has an immediate opening for a full-time survey technician for our Vancouver, Washington office. You will work closely with project surveyors, survey crews, project engineers, and project managers on a mixture of private and public works projects. This is an entry-level position that provides the opportunity to learn on-the-job and build your career with a respected and talented team of professionals in a dynamic organization.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • BS in civil engineering, forest engineering, geomatics, or related field is preferred. A minimum of a high school diploma/GED is required.

  • Some experience in land surveying is preferred, but a background in forestry, wildland fire fighting, or farm-related work will be considered. No experience is required as AKS will provide the training.

  • Must be able to start work at 6:00 am and work overtime as needed to meet project deadlines.

  • Willing to start at the bottom with opportunities to develop your skills, with advancement possibilities either in the field or in the office.

  • Must have valid OR or WA driver's license and a clean driving record.

  • Assumes personal responsibility for completing quality work.

  • Ability to follow direction, work quickly, and meet deadlines.

  • Eager and willing to learn.

  • Must be safety conscious.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Job Functions & Responsibilities:  Working under the direction of the Survey Crew Leader

  • Perform physically demanding work including packing heavy survey equipment, pounding hubs, and brush-cutting sight lines.

  • Train in the operation of survey instruments, automated electronic data collection, calculators, GPS equipment, and other specialized equipment.

  • Learn AKS procedures for field work for boundary, construction staking, and site map/topography surveys.

  • Operate Trimble Robotic total stations, GN22 Receivers, and TSC3 Data collectors.

  • Assist with data collection using unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

  • Follow company safety protocols including state, federal, and site-specific regulations.

  • Adhere to AKS workflows, standards, safety protocols, and procedures.

  • Work in adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain.

  • Occasionally travel out of town/overnight when needed.

  • Do what needs to be done.

Company Overview

AKS Engineering & Forestry is a locally owned multi-discipline engineering consulting firm focused on developing infrastructure for private and public clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Remaining true to our values and diligently maintaining our focus on quality enables our staff to thrive and grow. With four offices and over 26 years in business, AKS is a well-respected and trusted resource to a broad portfolio of clients providing a unique and diverse combination of services.

     - Civil Engineering                             - Land, Aerial, and Hydrographic Surveying

     - Land Use Planning                          - Landscape Architecture

     - Forestry/Forest Engineering            - Arboriculture

     - Natural Resources                           - Water Resources

     - Construction Support Services        - GIS


AKS is recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces in Oregon and Southwest Washington. With a reputation built on personal responsibility, straight answers, practical solutions, and client and employee service, AKS has become a highly sought-after place to work. We care deeply about building long-term relationships at all levels of our organization and look for opportunities to share meals together every week, go on teambuilding adventures, make team site visits, and host events that bring our people and clients together.

We are organized around multidisciplinary teams that follow a project from conception through construction. We function as one team, one company, one community, and empower our employees to deliver their best work to evolve, grow, and succeed.


AKS proudly offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, immediately vested 401k matching, and additional benefits and special perks. Including:

  • Opportunities for personal and professional development, mentorship, advancement, and training

  • Collaborative team environment, fun atmosphere, all staff, and team events

  • Security working for an established, reputable, stable, and successful company

  • Weekly lunches with dining area set up to encourage staff to spend unstructured time together

  • Flexible work schedule, vacations, and time off

Visit our website for more information on the work we do, and all that AKS offers.

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