Right of Way Agent

  • Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
  • 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Engineering Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $39.76 USD
  • Salary Top: $48.43
  • Phone: 6612971600
  • Apply By: Jun 27, 2021

Job Description

invites applications for the position of:

Right of Way Agent

SALARY: $39.76 - $48.43 Hourly, $82,700.80 - $100,734.40 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/25/21

CLOSING DATE: Continuous


This position will remain open until filled.

Online Agency application is required.

Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/scvwater/jobs/3028460/right-of-way-agent

Full-Time Position
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Incumbent is responsible for helping safeguard Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency’s interest in the acquisition and management of easement and real property. Duties include: reviewing and writing legal descriptions for the granting of easements; reviewing preliminary maps and providing comments; providing information on real property, procedures, fees and general information; reviewing final maps; obtaining and reviewing preliminary title reports; obtaining and reviewing appraisals, reviewing and drafting property lease agreements; reviewing and drafting drainage easements; participating in and/or acquiring easements and land for Capital Improvement Projects and developer-funded projects; participating in and/or overseeing the annexation/detachment of territory for Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency; maintaining easement records and databases; assisting in recordation and Notices of Completion, negotiating land use for cell sites, maintaining cell site records and databases, developing and maintaining an encroachment program; and managing and educating the engineering department staff in Right-of-Way matters.
The Right-of-Way Agent is a stand-alone classification, which is distinguished from other classes by its responsibility for the review, drafting, acquisition and management of easements and real property.
Reports to and receives general supervision from Principal Engineer. Exercises no direct supervision over staff. May serve as Project Manager for Right-of-Way specific projects. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drafts, reviews, and processes legal documentation to accomplish acquisition, lease agreements, rights of way, and transfer of easements and titles of property.
  • Conducts field studies, researches maps and public records, and consults with legal counsel to determine ownership, property rights, and availability of properties.
  • Researches records, analyzes appraisal and preliminary title reports prepared by outside entities, and makes recommendations regarding easement acquisition, sale, or purchase of property.
  • Consults with legal counsel to ensure that documents and procedures conform to legal requirements regarding right-of-way issues.
  • Negotiates acquisitions of land and easements, drafts agreements for use, oversees and prepares final documentation required.
  • Coordinates with governmental agencies, utilities, developers, homeowners, homeowners' associations, commercial businesses, consulting firms and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency staff for right-of-way activities including legal descriptions, plat maps, easement documents, deeds, acquisition of property and easements, sale of excess property, encroachments, property use agreements, relocations, removal, or abandonment of facilities.
  • Oversees and prepares documents regarding annexation of parcels to Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency.
  • Prepares and makes presentations to homeowners, homeowners associations, commercial businesses, developers, consulting firms, Board of Directors and other agencies in matters pertaining to issues such as Right-of-Way, easements, acquisition of property, and the relocation/removal/abandonment of existing facilities.
  • Confers with and advises engineers, planners, staff, and consultants on right-of-way issues and potential problems related to proposed and existing facilities, including impacts on property owners.
  • Negotiates land use for cell sites, drafts license agreements for use, reviews plans, oversees and prepares final documentation required.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of the community, contractors, developers, organizations, state/local agencies, agency management and staff, and the public.
  • Coordinates with Agency’s GIS group to assist in maintaining maps and database of Agency land and easements.
  • Operates a computer and assigned software.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, talking, hearing, and seeing. Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.  Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


QUALIFICATIONS (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Right-of-Way AgentA typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess:

  • A B.A. / B.S. in business, engineering, survey, real estate, or related field
  • Four (4) years of experience in surveying, Right-of-Way, or related field. 

Licenses and Certifications

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Certification as a Right-of-Way Agent (RWA) from the International Right-of-Way Association (Desired)
  • Valid State of California Notary Public License or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES (The following are a representative sample of the KSA’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.) 
Knowledge/Skills of:

  • Principles of land surveying techniques.
  • Principles of public planning procedures.
  • Real Estate Law and Practices
  • Reading and interpreting preliminary title reports, appraisals, easements, deeds, maps, and improvement plans.
  • Preparing and writing legal property descriptions.
  • Performing advanced mathematical calculations.
  • Methods and techniques of project management.
  • Understand and follow verbal and written directions. 
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. 
  • Modern office procedures, practices, methods, and equipment, including a computer and applicable software. 
  • Methods and techniques for record-keeping and report preparation. 
  • Proper English, spelling, and grammar. 
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment used in construction inspection.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

Ability to:

  • Read, understand, and interpret preliminary title reports, appraisals, easements, deeds, legal descriptions, licenses, and maps. 
  • Lead, train, and provide work direction and guidance to department staff related to right-of-way items.
  • Perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately. 
  • Interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations. 
  • Organize, prioritize, and follow up on work assignments. 
  • Work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines. 
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Observe health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Maintain various records related to work performed.
  • Operate a computer and assigned software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.



Read the job notice thoroughly, note the minimum requirements of the position, and compile any information or documents necessary for the application. Complete and submit your application along with supporting documents such as resume and cover letter. It is important that your application is complete and thorough. Please include all requested information including education, certifications, and relevant experience. 


Be advised that, while you may submit a resume with your application, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Incomplete applications will likely be rejected. 



Human Resources administers the Agency’s recruitment procedures to ensure a fair and unbiased selection. Applications may be removed from the process if they are incomplete or where the applicant does not meet the minimum qualificationsAccepted applicants will interview before an unbiased, multiparty interview and scoring panel. Interviewed applicants will be scored on areas such as education, experience, demonstrated qualificationscommunication skills, and interview presentation, among othersWhile seniority is considered, the Agency will choose the best qualified candidate regardless of time at the Agency. The Agency strives to fill each position with the most qualified candidate. 



Applicants will be provided notification electronically to the email provided in the application. To check the status of a submitted job application and to track the recruitment process, log in to governmentjobs.com by clicking the “Applicant Login” button on the Agency’s Job Opportunities page. Once you sign in, you will be directed to your Applications page where you can view the status of Submitted (and Incomplete) applications. 



The Agency selects applicants on the basis of applicant qualifications and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious or political affiliation, creed, citizenship status, military service status, marital status, pregnancy, age (over 40), national origin, ancestry, medical condition, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. 



The Agency will make reasonable accommodations for disabilities, both in the application process and in the performance of the job. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in the application process should contact Human Resources for assistance. 


Questions or concerns related to the Agency’s Equal Opportunity Employer policy or any request for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources at (661) 297-1600. 


27234 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 297-1600


Position #2021-00001

Right of Way Agent Supplemental Questionnaire  

* 1. Do you possess an A B.A. or a B.S. in business, engineering, survey, real estate, or related field?

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No  

2. What field is your degree in?

* 3. How many years of experience do you have in surveying, Right-of-Way, or a related field?

Checkbox None
Checkbox Less than two
Checkbox More than 2, but less than four
Checkbox Four or more

* 4. Do you currently possess a valid Class C California driver's license? Note: Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No  

5. If you answered "No" to the previous question, do you have the ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver's license? Note: Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No

* 6. Do you have certification as a Right-of-Way Agent (RWA) from the International Right-of-Way Association?

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No

* 7. Do you currently have a valid State of California Notary Public License?

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No  

8. If you answered "No" to the previous question, do you have the ability to obtain a Valid State of California Notary Public License within one year of hire?

Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No * Required Question

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