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Graduate Surveyor Jobs

Graduate Surveyor Jobs

​How to Enter

The most common way to become a Graduate Surveyor is to complete a four-year Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) degree. For those wanting to survey coastal areas, oceans, lakes, rivers and seas, it is recommended to also complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Science, specialising in Hydrography. In addition, many New Zealand employers are also looking for the following characteristics:

  • Adaptable

  • Patient

  • Methodical and precise

  • Great eye for detail

  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines

  • Can work both in an office and outdoors

Typical Responsibilities

On any given day, a Graduate Surveyor may be expected to do all or some of the following:

  • Surveying land, sea, lakes, coastlines and rivers

  • Ensuring current records and measurements are accurate

  • Creating reports on survey data

  • Preparing maps and charts

  • Aiding in the mapping and planning of new structures, such as roads, piping and bridges

  • Liaising with clients, government officials and other professionals on surveying and development projects

  • Conducting environment impact assessments of any proposed work


A Graduate Surveyor has many different career paths ahead of them. Although voluntary, Surveyors of any level and specialisation can apply to become members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and work towards professional registration to boost their employability. A Graduate Surveyor can also become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor after completing two years of practical work, a series of exams and a presentation to the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board.

Alternatively, Graduate Surveyors can also choose to specialise in any of the other following areas of surveying: Civil Engineering Surveying, Hydrographic Surveying, Underground Mine Surveying, and Map Making.
Salary Range

40K – 50K per annum (NZD)