County of Alameda

Assistant Right of Way Agent (#2510)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$32.76-$39.37 Hourly / $2,620.80-$3,149.60 BiWeekly /
$5,678.40-$6,824.13 Monthly / $68,140.80-$81,889.60 Yearly

Under general supervision, to do the less difficult work in connection with the appraisal and acquisition of property and property rights for public purposes; and to do related work as required.


This is the entrance-level class in right-of-way acquisition. Employees in this class are trained in specialized appraisal and negotiation work for the acquisition of real property for County use, and do other work connected with the leasing, sale, and clearance of real properties. Assistant Right-of-Way Agents receive close supervision during the early part of their employment. They begin with routine tasks and later assist with and learn all phases of work; and assume increased duties and responsibilities as they are trained. Their on-the-job training is provided by Associate Right-of-Way Agents to whom they are assigned for an appropriate period of time.

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, lease, or sale of various types of real properties or improvements.

2. Gathers information from Assessor's Office and County Recorder's records 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 simple legal descriptions of land, maps, records of transactions, schedules and bills for the purchase of property.

7. May assist in the preparation of documents for the completion of various types of less complex property acquisitions projects.

8. Maintains files and compiles varied statistical data.


Graduation 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
· Learn to understand and interpret maps and engineering plans.
· Assemble and analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
· Keep accurate and detailed records and prepare clear and concise reports.
· Relate easily to and maintain effective relationships with many varied personalities.
· Speak and write effectively.

Old document: AJN:lcd
Update: 3/7/94
New document: Jobspecs/2510


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

  • 11 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.