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Date:  Jun 27, 2024

Ottawa, IL, US, 61350

Job Requisition ID:  39316


Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  08/15/2024 
Salary:  $5,292 - $9,135 Monthly  
Anticipated Starting Salary Range:  $5,292 - $6,792 Monthly

Job Type:   Salaried 
County:  LaSalle  
Number of Vacancies:  2  
Plan/BU:  NR916 Pro Tech Teamsters

*This position is covered by the Revolving Door Prohibition Policy.


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Agency Mission Statement:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire Senior Plats & Plans Surveyors.


The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.


Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs. 


The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:


  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules in several program areas (flexible time, hybrid scheduling).
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (12) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program and/or mental health resources


We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.








This position is responsible for the preparation of right-of-way plats, plans, legal descriptions, documents, and drawings related to land acquisition and condemnation.  This position is also responsible for the review of plats and plans put together by consultants.


This position reports directly to the Plats and Plans Manager. Directly reporting to this position are one to three Plats and Plans Technicians, a seasonal survey crew, and consulting engineering firms. These various firms assist in surveying, engineering, and land acquisition plan assemblage.


This position functions in a widely varied land use environment from strictly rural to highly urbanized. Some rapidly developing areas cause a declining availability of rights-of-way resulting in enormous increases in land cost.  Development and urbanization create tremendous pressure for prompt action because the projects involved are highly visible and sensitive.  The incumbent provides right-of-way plans, plats, and legal descriptions used for the acquisition of rights-of-way.  The incumbent provides consultants with advice on matters relating to the preparation of right-of-way plans. The incumbent will also be working in various stages with up to fifteen different consulting engineering firms.  This position requires the incumbent to have the necessary experience and knowledge in the practice of land surveying. The incumbent will work with the Plats and Plans Manager. The incumbent will be responsible for the preparation of plats, plans, and legal descriptions for all property needed for the department's construction projects.


Typical problems involve correctly interpreting legal descriptions, retracement of property lines often based on obliterated or lost survey monuments, determining of property line locations differing from occupation lines, determining ownership lines from conflicting descriptions and record evidence, and analyzing plans for proposed construction parcels to ascertain that rights-of-way requirements can be revised or reduced to facilitate acquisition, determining whether adjacent land ownerships can be combined to reduce the number of acquisitions, and also resolving conflicts in parcel descriptions.  The most challenging aspect of this position is to ensure the accurate and complete portrayal and description of the properties to be acquired. This needs to be done to facilitate parcel appraisal and negotiations and avoid delays in acquisition and project construction. Another major challenge is the coordination of data from various sources in the reconciliation of original government surveys with subsequent land divisions and present-day occupation lines.  




This position is responsible for preparing monument records and filing them with the proper authorities. The incumbent will personally direct and monitor the progress of right-of-way work, determining title needs, researching ownership records, and reviewing title commitments.  The incumbent personally reviews all documents prepared under their direction.  The incumbent schedules, monitors, and directs the work of the consulting engineering firms in their preparation of right-of-way plans, plats, and legal descriptions.  The incumbent analyzes and correlates right-of-way requirements, ownership, title evidence, field survey data, and will determine the location of property lines and record land monuments.  The incumbent will also conduct research of land records as required.  The incumbent will provide proper solutions and judgments through experience that will have impact on the ownership to a tract of land by the department, and private property owners. The incumbent will perform occasional field surveys and staking of existing and proposed rights-of-way.

The incumbent accomplishes responsibilities with the aid of one to three Plats and Plans Technicians, who prepare right-of-way plans, plats, legal descriptions, court exhibits, and related material. This position performs computations using conventional methods and computer usage and furnishes field land survey information. Seasonal staff of one to two engineering technicians are utilized in various aspects of land surveying work. This is necessary to complete all responsibilities for acquisition of rights-of-way.

The incumbent is required to exercise considerable independent judgment by using prior knowledge in evaluating title evidence and describing parcels to be acquired.  The work of this position is broadly governed by Illinois and federal statutes and by municipal and county ordinances and resolutions with much freedom for personal and professional interpretation.   

The incumbent works closely with personnel from the central Bureau of Land Acquisition, all district bureaus, various consultant engineering firms, title companies, utility engineers, land surveyors, landowners, attorneys, real estate appraisers, county, and local officials in resolving problems related to rights-of-way requirements, recording of deeds, and accuracy of plats and descriptions.

The effectiveness of this position is measured by the complete and accurate completion of right-of-way plats, plans, and legal descriptions to permit the acquisition of right-of-way in accordance with set schedules. For effective performance, the incumbent must have extensive knowledge in land surveying practices and how they may be affected by changes in the Illinois Compiled Statutes.


1. Assures the accuracy of plats and plans and related documents prepared by in-house or consultant staff.
2. Assures that all time frames established for the preparation of plats and plans are followed.
3. Assures right-of-way strip maps are accurate.
4. Assures that all required survey data is properly requested and reviewed.
5. Assures that all plats, legal descriptions, title work, and survey data is completed in a timely manner to minimize any delay in processing excess of land requests.
6. Assures that all court displays, as required for condemnation trials, are prepared accurately and within established time frames.
7. Performs all duties in compliance with departmental rules, regulations, and safety work practices.
8. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

• Valid Driver's License
• Current license as a Professional Land Surveyor in Illinois
• 4 years’ experience in land surveying

• Successful Completion of a background screening

Position Desirables

• Good oral and written communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• Supervisory experience

Work Hours:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 700 E Norris Dr, Ottawa, Illinois, 61350  

Work Office:  Office of Highways Project Implementation, Region 2/District 3/Bureau of Program Development


Posting Group:  Transportation ; Leadership & Management; Public Safety  


Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this

position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State

employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior

to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector

General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.



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