Project Surveyor-Land Court

Project Surveyor-Land Court

Massachusetts Trial Court

Title: Project Surveyor-Land Court

Pay Grade: Grade 17

Starting Pay: $73,753.54/yr.

Departmental Mission Statement: The Land Court’s mission is to provide an accessible forum where specialized expertise is applied to resolve disputes involving the ownership, development, and use of real property throughout the Commonwealth. The judges and staff are committed to serving the public and the real estate and trial bars in a respectful, efficient manner by issuing decisions that are equitable and legally well-reasoned, and by providing readily available, reliable guidance to property owners and registries of deeds regarding registered land transactions.


Notes: This position has been designated a union title covered under OPEIU, Local 6.

This position will be posted for four weeks. 

Position Summary: Reviews and approves surveys submitted to the Land Court. Prepares and reviews court plans to be sent to the Registry of Deeds. Prepares the resolution of complex and difficult survey cases. Assists the Justices and the Recorder in matters pertaining to carrying out the Land Court Department policies and best practices. Reviews, files, and approves deeds, subdivision and new registration plans presented to the Court. Reviews court orders to determine drafting procedures in relation to their legal implications pertaining to new registration plans. Provides assistance to court users, professional practitioners, and the public regarding policies and procedures of the Land Court. Corresponds with land conveyancing professionals on a regular basis. Acts a resource to other surveying staff to provide guidance.

Works under the direction of the Chief Surveyor and Deputy Surveyor(s).



• Prepares and reviews court plans to be sent to the Registry of Deeds.
• Makes decisions involving complicated plans and supervises the resolution of difficult survey cases.
• Ensures the correct and timely filing of subdivision and new registration plans.
• Responds to complex questions from surveyors and attorneys.
• Reviews, verifies, and approves formal subdivision plans submitted to the Land Registration Office. Researches survey correspondence files for data relevant to the proposed subdivision.
• Provides accurate and concise instructions to court users and professional practitioners with respect to the practices and procedures of the Land Registration Office.
• Sets up and assigns subdivision plans for drafting using AutoCAD software.
• Confers with and assists judges, title examiners, and other managers regarding plan issues. Anticipates and develops solutions to survey problems.
• Advises lawyers and surveyors concerning the requirements for filing new registration plans at the Court. Reviews orders of judgment to determine drafting procedures in relation to their legal implications pertaining to registration plans.
• Assists the Chief Surveyor or Deputy Surveyor(s) in the review of judgment plans. Prepares the written deed description to accompany the judgment plans.
• Acts as a lead worker and provides training and guidance to lower-level employees.
• Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Project Surveyor:
Education and Experience

• Associate degree from an accredited college or university and (5) Five years
of professional surveying work experience; a Massachusetts Professional Land Surveyor license is preferred and may be substituted for (1) year of required work experience;
• Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for meeting minimum qualifications.
Knowledge of:
• Modern office equipment and technology, including computers and applicable software
• Departmental and court policies and procedures
• Subdivision control laws
• Massachusetts G.L. c. 185, surveying principles, Land Court procedures, and boundary and conveyancing law
• Principles and practices of employee supervision
• Computer aided design with specific applications for plan creation
Skill in:
• Organization and time management
• Customer service
• Attention to detail
Ability to:
• Establish effective working relationships with others
• Prepare clear and accurate reports
• Maintain appropriate records
• Maintain confidentiality of information
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Work independently and follow oral and written instructions
• Perform complex mathematical equations


Employment with the Trial Court is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.

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