The State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture (DoAg), Farmland Preservation Unit of the Bureau of Agricultural Development and Resource Preservation has one (1) available opening for a full time Property Agent 1. This position works on all phases of the purchase of development rights (“PDR”) to farmland, also known as agricultural conservation easements, and will coordinate with and provide outreach to municipalities, non-profit land trusts, and other organizations involved in farmland conservation, farmland access, and long-term land stewardship; assist with the Connecticut Farmlink Program; and assist with securing funding from the USDA Agricultural Lands Easement (“ALE”) program. Incumbents in this class will be required to perform work outdoors, often in inclement weather.
This is a 35 hour per week position, Monday through Friday, work hours may vary with field activity and location. This position is located at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, although the position will require frequent days spent outdoors conducting fieldwork. Tele-working is also allowable with preapproval.
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Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Heidi Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org .
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency having a property acquisition and leasing function this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in technical phases of property acquisition, disposal, commercial leasing and revenue management.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts negotiations necessary to secure property, property rights and commercial lease agreements; conducts title searches and related research; prepares deeds and draws maps from survey notes; collects and analyzes data in property market values; conducts site inspections of proposed land acquisitions; makes recommendations for fair awards to property owners; provides relocation assistance to displaced individuals in obtaining new residences or places of business; prepares condemnation files and provides testimony at condemnation hearings; prepares leases agreements, easements and other agreements related to land acquisition, property management and revenue development; processes disposal and sale of state owned land and buildings; maintains records and prepares reports; may prepare or review appraisals; may recommend items for salvage in properties to be demolished; may supervise maintenance of buildings and grounds of acquired property; may assist in municipal grants in aid programs; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of principles and practices of land acquisition by purchase or condemnation; knowledge of principles and practices of real property title examination, abstraction and conveyance; knowledge of commercial lease agreements and revenue management; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of property values and appraisal methods; knowledge of deed and tract restrictions, zoning ordinances, setbacks, assessments and encroachments and their effect on property values; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of technical experience in rights of way, real estate appraisal, land acquisition, sale of real property, commercial leasing or property management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. Certification by the International Right of Way Association as a Senior Right of Way Professional may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
• Experience interacting with farm businesses or organizations involved in land conservation
• Experience manipulating GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps
• Experience preparing technical reports or giving professional presentations
• Experience in government
• Experience in environmental science or natural resources
1. Incumbents in this class involved with the appraisal of real property must successfully complete agency specified real estate appraisal courses and possess and retain a current Connecticut Real Estate Appraiser license and either a residential and/or general appraiser certification as required by the position.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.