County of Alameda

Assistant Right of Way Agent (#2510)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$34.73-$41.73 Hourly / $2,778.40-$3,338.40 BiWeekly /
$6,019.87-$7,233.20 Monthly / $72,238.40-$86,798.40 Yearly

Under direct supervision and guidance, perform entry-level tasks involving the appraisal and acquisition of real property and property rights for public purposes. and property management of publicly owned properties. In addition, perform related duties as needed within the scope of the role.


The classification of Assistant Right-Of-Way Agent is located in the Public Works Agency’s Real Estate Division and reports to the Supervising Right-Of-Way Agent. This is the entry-level classification in the right-of-way series. Incumbents receive training in specialized appraisal and negotiation work for the acquisition of real property for County use, and do other work connected with the licensing, sale, vacation and disposal of real property and property rights.  The Assistant Right-of-Way Agent receives training from the Associate Right-of-Way Agent and will assume increased duties and responsibilities as they are trained. Assistant Right-of-Way Agent is distinguished from the next higher-level classification of Associate Right-of-Way Agent in that the latter has a full range of complex, responsible duties and works with a greater degree of independence, with lead responsibilities, providing technical assistance and guidance to the Assistant Right-of-Way Agents. 

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Performs the more routine office and filing duties involved in making appraisals and negotiations for the donation, purchase, license, or sale of various types of real properties or improvements.
  2. Gathers information from Assessor's Office and County Recorder's records, California Secretary of State and Title Companies in the performance of title searches.
  3. Obtains assessed values of properties from local assessors and prepares appraisal forms and other materials for field appraisal work.
  4. Assists in the preparation of field reports, estimates and appraisals; and secures data for condemnation proceedings.
  5. Assists in collecting and tabulating sales, rental, and cost data.
  6. Assists in collecting and tabulating information for legal descriptions of land, maps, records of transactions, schedules, and bills for the purchase of property.
  7. Assists in the preparation of documents for the completion of various types of less complex property acquisition projects.
  8. Maintains hard copy and digital files in a very organized manner and compiles varied data.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in economics, business administration, engineering, or a related field.

Special Requirement:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of land economics.
  • Principles and practices of real property transaction work.
  • Current social, political, economic, and scientific developments and trends.
Ability to:

  • Understand and apply the laws relating to the acquisition of property.
  • Learn techniques of real property negotiation and appraisal work.
  • Acquire proficiency in comprehending and interpreting maps and engineering blueprints.
  • Assemble, analyze, and interpret complex datasets using a variety of analytical tools to extract meaningful insights and form logical conclusions based on thorough analysis.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records, synthesizing information from various sources to produce concise, detailed reports.
  • Successfully establish and maintain professional relationships with a diverse range of people with varying personality traits.
  • Engage in effective verbal and written communication by succinctly, clearly, and efficiently articulating ideas.

Old document:  AJN:lcd
Update: 3/7/94
New document:  Jobspecs/2510
CSC Date:  6/19/78
IL:saa Revised 12/06/2023
CSC Date:01/24/24


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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