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)



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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427