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Job Summary

Spokane, WA
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Job Reference Code

Realty Technician-Right of Way

About the Job


David Evans and Associates is currently seeking a Realty Technician to join our onsite project team located in Spokane, WA. This position will be responsible for coordinating land management and acquisition issues for Real Property Field Services, as well as coordinating activities related to eliminating or modifying encroachments located within BPA’s transmission line rights-of-way corridors. This position coordinates land management, acquisition and construction activities as a liaison between the Transmission Field (TF) and Transmission Engineering (TE) organizations, as well as the landowners and other Client representatives.

Position Responsibilities may include but not limited to:

  • Review and analyze Client property rights and private property ownership title reports for use in managing Client’s land use requests.
  • Provide routine courthouse real estate research including ownership, land rights, property descriptions, zoning, land use planning, appraisal development, etc.
  • Review real estate related agreements for compliance with federal law.
  • Plan, develop, implement and administer routine property management cases, (not initially identified as being complex or politically sensitive).
  • Work with applicants to provide adequate information on land use applications to include site visits, property owner meetings, and other field research as required.
  • Utilize existing document templates and established processes to prepare Land Use Agreements using information gathered or provided to assure that BPA land rights are maintained. Recommend modifications to document templates to accommodate unique situations.
  • Provide Land Use Applications, Stay Alive videos and miscellaneous BPA literature to the general public, other governmental agencies and private industry. Conduct presentations as needed, and answer questions as they relate to BPA real estate and appraisal processes and procedures.
  • Prepare various land use documents relating to the land management function within Client.
  • Investigate reports of encroachments on BPA land and rights-of-way; determine Client's position on encroachments in coordination with the Supervisory Appraiser, Senior Appraisers or Chief Appraiser and communicate the appropriate action Client will take for their removal, modification, or sanctioned use.
  • Close case files and prepare file for closing transmittal, to include purging the file when case is complete, input, update and verify information into LIS, and preparing closing sheet.
  • Utilize Real Quest, various county internet web sites, LIS, ProjectWise, TLM APPS, as well as Application Extender.
  • Perform any and all other associated realty technician tasks, including copying, mail delivery, faxing, report collations and document assembly.
  • Receive application fees and process as appropriate.
  • Obtain permission to enter private property for routine land acquisitions either by contacting the landowner directly or requesting permission to enter the property through the mail.
  • Set up appointments for appraisers, prior to making field inspections with or without the appraisers.
  • Under the guidance of a Client Realty Specialist (federal employee), present pre-approved settlement offers to landowners based on market value, or other negotiated amounts approved by Client, prepare and obtain deeds and other conveyances to effect such settlements and obtain the necessary documentation to make payments to landowners for the rights acquired. Draft justifications to exceed market value, when such recommendation is in the best interest of Client. The justification is submitted to a supervisory Realty Specialist (federal employee) for review and approval.
  • Inform Supervisory Appraiser of potential condemnation and provide with documentation of all previous communication with landowner. Serve as expert witness if necessary as determined by Client legal counsel or the U. S. Department of Justice.
  • Serve as a liaison on construction projects between various organizations within Client and landowners before, during and after the construction process. Duties as liaison include keeping appropriate project team members, and other Client representatives with a need to know, informed of landowner issues/concerns that may impact the project design or schedule.
  • Review and analyze title policies and documents and initiate steps to remove routine objectionable items, subject to approval by Client legal counsel.
  • Answer and respond to real estate questions from the public including landowners, developers, public agencies, appraisers and utility companies regarding documented policy of proposed uses of Client’s right-of-ways. Typically these assignments will be general in nature but can be responded to with assistance of the Supervisory Appraiser, Senior Appraisers or Chief Appraiser.
  • Provide real estate support to the Region’s maintenance and construction staff regarding landowner notifications, landowner issues, names and addresses, and providing land right information.



  • High School Diploma is required.
  • Associate’s degree is highly desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree is desirable.
  • 5+ years of direct work experience in a land management capacity, including all aspects of process development, planning and execution is required.
  • Professional knowledge of the real estate principles, procedures, practices, techniques, and underlying concepts of Real Property Services, which may include Geospatial Services, Survey and Mapping, Real Property Field Services, Realty Support Services, Appraisals or experience coordinating projects that include these support services is required.
  • Assertive communication skills are required, both verbal and written.

General Requirements

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel and Word) required (MS Office 2010 proficiency required).
  • Knowledge of land management and acquisition activities and templates.
  • Ability to operate various land record computer databases such as Application Extender and ProjectWise.

Additional Requirements

  • This position may be eligible for situational offsite work, subject to completion of a Supplemental Labor Offsite Work Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Travel is required (up to 75%), including overnight travel.
  • May require between 5 and 10% overtime work
  • Must possess valid drivers’ license and able to drive in rugged, off-road terrain
  • Current First Aid/AED/CPR card is required
  • Must become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA accident Prevention manual.
  • This position may require access to NERC CIP controlled facilities. Candidate may need to complete any NERC-CIP required training and comply with established NERC CIP policy when entering these sites.
  • Personal Protection equipment (PPE) as noted:
  • Performance Expectations:
  • White hard hat
  • Rain gear (jacket & pants) required
  • Safety vest
  • Eye protection;
  • Hearing protection;
  • Hand protection (work gloves);
  • ASTM F2413-1, Class 75 EH rated footwear with over the ankle lace up and rigid sole and heel;
  • Additional PPE required by State or Federal OSHA for the work to be performed
  • Work independently and manage one’s time.
  • Keep information organized and confidential.

DEA is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


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