Assistant Real Property Agent (#RE5001)
$30.69-$37.31 Hourly / $5,320.43-$6,467.02 Monthly / $63,845.22-$77,604.26 Yearly


Under general supervision performs appraisal and negotiation work for the acquisition of real property or property rights for purposes of rights-of-way, easements, and sites for public use and improvements; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class of the Real Property Agent series. Employees in this class are primarily responsible for the less complex appraisals and negotiations for real property, and may assist in preparation of environmental assessments. Initially work is performed under close supervision for technical accuracy and skill; however, as knowledge and experience are gained, supervision becomes more general and duties less routine.


  • Negotiates to acquire, sell, lease, or transfer real property and property rights for the County or special districts; helps prepare contracts and other documents and presents acquisition offers to owners or their representatives; interprets proposed projects; discusses discrepancies and disagreements.
  • Researches property titles and encumbrances; secures, examines, and interprets property records and title reports; initiates proceedings to acquire clear title to parcels.
  • Processes required dedications of right-of-way; records legal documents for title acquisition.
  • Assists in preparing appraisals of land and other real property; obtains sales data; evaluates property in comparison to recent sales; assists in determining comparability of properties.
  • Assists in obtaining estimates for moving and replacing buildings, structures and other improvements.
  • May serve legal papers.
  • Assists in doing research for environmental assessments.
  • May assist in preparing legal documents required to obtain titles; may help formulate legal land descriptions.


Education: Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in urban or regional planning, architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, geography, sociology, public administration, economics, ecology or related field.

Experience: One year of professional experience in property appraisal and real property negotiations.

Substitution: Additional-qualifying experience may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis.


General principles, procedures, and methods of real property appraisal, negotiation and acquisition; general legal practices and documents pertaining to real property work; general real estate title and valuation work; public relations techniques; general knowledge of environmental assessment.


Read and interpret maps, plans, blueprints and legal documents related to real property work; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Mobility --Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; Lifting –frequently 5 - 30 pounds or less; occasionally 30 – 70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision – Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity –normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking – Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/psychological – Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special conditions – may be exposed to dust and varied outdoor conditions; may require occasional weekend, evening or overtime work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE5001; REV: 1/9/1985;