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Right-of-Way Agent

Effective: 07/01/08
Range G-69
Respirator Class: 3


Perform technical right-of-way and other property-related work for District sewage collection systems, pumping stations, and plant facilities; perform routine to difficult work related to the appraisal, acquisition, transfer, sale, and disposal of publicly owned real property and property rights; and perform related work as required.

Distingushing Characteristics

This is the journey level class in the Right-of-Way Agent series, which recognizes work requiring significant technical skills and knowledge. Positions in this class understand and learn duties involving the application of right-of-way concepts, regulations, laws and practices. Incumbents work with minimum supervision, using established procedures, guidelines and policies. This class performs the more routine duties and is distinguished from the Senior Right-of-Way Agent class which is assigned the more difficult and complex right-of-way work.  

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from higher level professional or management personnel.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform routine to difficult right-of-way and other property-related work for the District’s sewage collection system, drainage facilities, pumping stations, treatment plant, levees, holding basins, roads and parking areas, and ancillary plant facilities.
  • Research property records to determine ownership, restrictions, zoning, and extent of existing sewer-related property rights such as easements, appurtenances, licenses, and reserves; order and review appraisals and title reports.
  • Gather and analyze data, prepare reports, legal descriptions, and documents relating to easements, rights-of-way, licenses, permits, leases, and other property rights.
  • Negotiate the acquisition of property rights such as easements, licenses, and rights-of-entry, the resolution of encroachments and the disposal of real property.
  • Prepare in-house valuations and estimates for the acquisition of easements.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate preparation of annexation applications; submit applications and monitor annexation process with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
  • Prepare a variety of clear and concise technical reports, correspondence and other documents.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of records, files, and related documents.
  • Acquire or dispose of property rights including coordinating the work of appraisers, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents, land title agents, and engineering technicians.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of engineering design as they apply to right-of-way and other property-related issues for sewage collection systems, the treatment plant, pumping stations, and related facilities.
  • Practices, methods, materials, and equipment used in the construction of sewer collection systems, treatment plant, and related facilities.
  • Surveying principles, practices, nomenclature, symbols, and equipment.
  • The District Code, specifications, requirements, practices and policies regarding treatment plant and sewer construction and right-of-way requirements.
  • Principles and applications of mathematics including algebra, trigonometry, and geometry applicable to right-of-way and property-related issues.
  • Property deeds and legal descriptions of property.
  • Policies and regulations governing the construction, extension, easement requirements for, and maintenance of District sewer systems and facilities.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze right-of-way and property-related documents and reports, know right-of-way and property-related requirements and procedures, observe field conditions, remember previous projects and studies, and understand laws and regulations pertaining to right-of-way and property-related issues. 
  • Intermittently analyze and interpret specifications and plans, identify and problem solve issues; and explain technical issues.
  • Intermittently walk and stand to review project sites; bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist to check property; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling; write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via radio or cellular phone and hear radio dispatch signal.
  • Analyze, interpret, apply, and explain technical policies, procedures, codes, statutes, descriptions, and documents.
  • Accurately perform computations including those involving algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as related to right-of-way and real property matters.
  • Prepare clear and concise technical records, correspondence and other documents.
  • Prepare simple maps, sketches, graphs, and charts.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Research issues related to land use and land acquisitions.
  • Establish and maintain accurate and complete hard-copy and computer records and files.
  • Maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with others encountered in the course of work.
  • Inspect field construction work and identify right-of-way or other property-related problems and discrepancies. 
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Five years of progressively responsible right-of-way or other property rights related experience including two years of experience comparable to that of an Engineering Assistant II in the District.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by college-level courses in real estate appraisal and engineering.

Licenses and Certificates

  • May be required to possess a valid California Driver’s License depending on assignment.
  • Certification by the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) in the disciplines of Negotiation, Acquisition and/or Appraisal is desirable.

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