The Land Surveyor / Right-of-Way Agent performs a wide variety of work involving property rights associated with the county's existing and planned real property interests for roads and drainage. These activities include providing property rights information to county staff and the public; researching and resolving property rights matters; and negotiating property acquisitions, easements and agreements for the county. This position reports to the Right-of-Way Supervisor in the Engineering Division of the Transportation Department.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Assist in managing and evaluating the overall workflow and operational activities in the Right-of-Way Section including, but not limited to, acquiring real property for road and drainage projects and providing information to the public as it relates to right-of-way issues and recommending improvements when necessary; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
Plan, review, coordinate, and negotiate the acquisition of real property for County Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) Project in order to meet the county's land right entitlement process.
Present and inform the public, county employees, county departments, the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), other municipalities, community groups, and organizations regarding the county's need for required rights-of-way and / or easements based on master transportation and drainage plans, county development, and CIP projects.
Prepare and execute a variety of documents associated with the acquisition of real property, to include agreements, deeds, easements, encroachment agreements, right-of-way licenses, memos, BOCC paperwork including resolutions, contracts, reports, correspondence, legal descriptions, subdivision plats, value findings, appraisals, title reports, and other necessary instruments for county action; file or record all necessary instruments with the proper entities.
Offers guidance regarding location of boundaries and interpretation of documents that vest real property interests.
Performs computations to analyze boundary evidence and reconcile filed evidence with recorded documents to develop legally supportable boundary maps, plats and plans.
Assist in the development of right-of-way plans that show new and existing right-of-way boundaries for individual products to accommodate construction of the transportation project.
Assists in preparing property descriptions using appropriate methods such as rectangular grid, metes and bounds, point and centerline, and subdivision.
Coordinate projects with a variety of individuals/entities, including private owners, county staff/officials, attorneys, engineers, and various real estate personnel and appraisers; inform property owners of right-of-way activities to promote understanding of property acquisition and disposition.
Process payments for the acquisition of real property rights and consultant contracts.
Assist with the advertising, bid and award of performance agreements in accordance with policies from Purchasing to ensure that documents are being executed as agreed upon by all parties.
Reviews appraisal reports and appraisal review reports for compliance with Federal requirements and industry standards.
Review plans in unincorporated Adams County, informing parties regarding impacts to the County and the need for County rights-of-way and easements.
Answer right-of-way questions for work performed within county rights-of-way.
Prepare real property valuations as required for right-of-way acquisitions in consultation with consultants on non-federally funded projects.
Review requested right-of-way abandonment (vacation) and notify all affected parties.
Assist utility companies in acquiring necessary rights through county-owned property when requested.
Conduct field inspections of sites being acquired for the need of roadways or drainage facilities.
Provide testimony in court for right-of-way litigation proceedings when requested.
Review reports, maps, legal descriptions and right-of-way documents prepared by staff and outside sources for accuracy.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to supervise others.
Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of real estate transactions.
Knowledge of legal and real estate terminology and conditions of title; knowledge of real estate laws and principles; knowledge of real estate appraisal techniques.
Knowledge of procedures and techniques for correct legal document preparation.
Knowledge of the process and preparation of documents and legal procedures necessary to obtain property and easements, including how to write resolutions and concise historical facts for action by the Board of County Commissioners.
Ability to read and write legal descriptions in complex (metes and bounds) and simple descriptive formats; able to read and interpret maps, survey notes, legal descriptions, plot plans, architectural plans, engineering plans and profiles.
Knowledge of record keeping and preparation of clear, concise and complete written and oral reports.
Working knowledge of boundary controls principles and surveying.
Knowledge of civil engineering and surveying principles.
Ability to perform title searches; prepare value findings, and review the work of contracted appraisers.
Ability to perform moderately difficult mathematic computations, including knowledge of mathematics, specifically geometry and trigonometry.
Ability to interpret and apply the Federal Relocation Act, Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
Knowledge of the principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Basic procedures and techniques of budget preparation.
Computer skills: Knowledge of MS Office Suite, ability to learn: ArcGIS, use of AutoCAD or Civil3D and workflow management software.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Four years of responsible experience in the right-of-way field including: property acquisition, title search and examination; legal document preparation, including but not limited to: deeds, easements, agreements and legal descriptions; real estate appraisals; engineering plan examinations; technical report writing or related technical real estate and right-of-way work experience.
One to two years of supervisory experience is highly desired.
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction, land surveying, or a related field; discipline/course equivalents to include surveying, land law, route surveying, information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation and survey analysis and adjustments within 3 year's applicable work experience.
Computer skills to compute mathematical traverse closures of filed survey information are required.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a Land Surveyor-in-Training certification or better from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors is required.
A valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License is required.
Possession of or the ability to obtain a Right-of-Way Agent or higher certification obtained from the International Right-of-Way Association within 18 months of hire is highly desirable.
Must pass a criminal background check.
Ability to travel to various destinations.
Ability to work in a standard office environment.
Skills to research property ownership information from various sources.
Broad knowledge of the public land survey system and land boundary principles.
Adams County is located in northeastern Colorado. The county is 18 miles wide and 72 miles long, ranging from urban uses in the western portions of the county, to crop and grazing land in the central and eastern portions.
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Agricultural activities are the single largest land use throughout the county, accounting for more than three quarters of the land area. Most irrigate...d farm land is located in the northwest section of the county, where it is supported by an extensive network of canals. The central and eastern portions of Adams County, including the Town of Bennett, are agriculturally based.
The western section of the county includes a number of urbanized communities, including Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and portions of Arvada, Aurora and Westminster.