• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Real Estate Regulatory and Licensing Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $56,929.60 - $80,412.80 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County Public Works Department makes our communities better and safer places to live, work, and play.

Join the Public Works Team as the next Right of Way Analyst!
The ideal candidate will be someone who has proven themselves as a professional in this field and posses a strong work ethic, excellent communication and negotiation skills!

Position Overview
Under the direction of the assigned supervisor, performs technical work in negotiation and acquisition of right of way, easements, and real property for road construction, road improvements, and utility projects for the Kitsap County.


Required Education and Experience
  • Associates Degree in related field; and
  • Two years of associated with land acquisition, real property appraisal, title examination, right of way negotiation or related experience; OR
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
Bachelors Degree in related field.
Senior Right of Way Associate and/or Washington State Real Estate Salesperson or Broker's License may be considered in lieu of college degree.
Completion of IRWA Course 100, 102 and 105
Notary Public in the State of Washington
Member of International Right of Way Association (IRWA)

Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
  • Category 1 Driver: operates County-owned vehicle, and
  • Category 2: Driver may operate a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business. Any employee using a personal vehicle on official County business shall be required to maintain auto liability insurance, in addition to having a valid driver's license.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ffa/disqualifying-list-crimes-and-negative-actions
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit copies of valid certifications and/or official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Pass a criminal history background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
Within 12 months of Employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Obtain Right of Way Association (IRWA) Membership
  • Notary Public in State of Washington
  • Completion of IRWA Course 100, 102 and 105
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of: Appraisal methods; negotiation principles, policies, procedures and techniques; legal descriptions of land and instruments of ownership; real estate law, title examination procedures and principles of proper
  • Skilled in: Communicate effectively orally and in writing. Utilize a personal computer and navigate various computer programs, prepare and review legal documents, and inspect sites as necessary. Maintain a professional demeanor under heavy workload and stressful situations.
  • Abilities to: Perform the essential functions of the position; Apply judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations. Work independently without regular direction, and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, property owners, appraisers, engineers, attorneys, the general public, and representatives of other agencies using tact, courtesy and good judgment. Maintain confidentiality and adhere to policy and procedures of the department.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Primarily works in an office environment, and in the field.
  • Position may require: walking and balancing (short or long distances), bending, stooping, twisting, reaching above and/or below shoulder, handling/grasping documents, Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time, clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone; sufficient hearing and vision, repetitive motions for computer use
  • Requires exertion of force of 25 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents, and other materials as required.


  • Reviews right of way and construction plans for accuracy and conformity to Washington State Department of Transportation (WSSDOT) standards; conducts, or acquires, title searches to locate property owners; inspects affected property and identifies implications of County project on the property and/or structures.
  • Prepares preliminary cost estimates and acquisition documents; prepares letters of opinion of value, short form appraisals for total and/or partial acquisitions and easements to establish just compensation to the property owner; prepares or orders and reviews appraisals; orders and reviews title reports; and assists in correct and legal means of meeting title requirements. Prepares all legal instruments for conveyance of needed property rights.
  • Acquires land rights needed for public projects for various County departments. Contacts property owners and negotiates for purchase, lease, donation, or acquisition of real property and/or permanent and temporary property rights; informs property owner of their rights, translates applicable laws and regulations; negotiates claims and/or settlements with owners. Performs all functions by knowing and implementing practices under the Uniform Act and WSDOT guidelines.
  • Responds to routine inquiries by the public, other departments, and outside agencies regarding right of way and various property issues. Conducts research in response to inquiries and determines course of action to achieve solutions. Interprets and explains procedures, policies, state, and federal regulations. Assists with public and other agency requests for road vacations, sale of real properties, and easements on County owned land.
Other duties as assigned.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill an existing open position, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Flexible hours are available, as approved by management.
*After April 5, 2021, if a candidate is not selected from the received applicants, the applications will be reviewed weekly.
Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map