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Right of Way Agent/Property Title Examiner

Average Salary: $38,495

Water distribution systems and wastewater conveyance systems cover many square miles of land. But water sector agencies own very little of the land that their pipes pass through. As a result, they need to have a legal “right of way” so their roadways, aqueducts, power lines, and pipelines can pass through properties owned by others. To get this “right of way,” a title examiner works out the legal details with the property owners who have the ownership or legal title of the property.

Right of way agents and title examiners:

  • search public records for the title and owner to determine the legal condition of the property;
  • prepare and issue policies regarding title and right-of-way;
  • negotiate contract details with property owners related to right of way;
  • patrol the water agency’s properties to make sure no other building projects disturb the right of way agreements;
  • meet with the public and businesses to discuss right of way issues.

Education: On-the-job training or a college degree in business or engineering
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Desirable traits and skills: Good organizers, excellent written and communication skills; good negotiators; comfortable with the law and with contracts