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Right of Way Agent

Coates is seeking a highly-motivated Right of Way Agent with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail to support the Client’s Right of Way Department. The successful candidate can prioritize constantly changing requirements related to matters of high confidentiality. This is a project-based position supporting many roles and divisions concurrently. Position requires advanced computer literacy and being well-versed in online title research, database entry and reporting, cloud filed sharing applications, and adept at producing accurate deliverables on short notice.

*** Local candidates only. No per diem is available. ***

Overview of Duties:

  • Investigates online resources for surface ownership in Arizona, Nevada, and California
  • Determines pipeline locations using internal mapping software and tax assessor information
  • Searches various client databases for right of way files (containing easements, deeds, legal descriptions, permits, agreements, contracts, and other documents correspondence relating to the property)
  • Locates accurate vesting deeds and ROW dedication documents
  • Reviews recorded plat maps to determine road dedication and client ROW rights
  • Understands franchise agreement rights
  • Works on several different projects for multiple divisions with exceptional attention to detail
  • Identifies the legal document(s) required for each work request and prepares them to the specifications of each client
  • Reviews legal documents to assure that all have been properly executed and notarized
  • Keeps detailed records of all activity using databases and internal client software
  • Contacts landowners over the phone, through mail, and through e-mail to acquire easements and answer questions

Specialized knowledge/education required:

  • Knowledge of ownership identification standards and deeds
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of online surface ownership resources, such as but not limited to: county assessor sites, county clerk sites, county & city GIS sites, and BLM & GLO sites
  • Knowledge of land and right of way acquisition processes and documentation
  • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy, comfortable operating in a digital documents environment
  • Knowledge of proper legal document execution practices, such as what signatures are required for trusts, conservatorship, guardianship, estates, etc.
  • Knowledge of due diligence review of right of way files and understanding of assignability and reversionary clauses, restrictions, fractional ownership, lease payments and terms, abandonment clauses
  • Ability to plot metes and bounds descriptions of property and read a variety of maps, electronic and paper
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and Project or similar software programs to generate a variety of project reports in response to specific and varied queries.

Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Right of Way Agents typically are attorneys, paralegals, college graduates with degrees in business, communications or related fields, land-men or former right of way and land professionals employed by pipeline, power or communication companies, engineering firms or government agencies specializing in land development. They also have additional training in database and land management software systems and applicable courses provided by the International Right of Way Association.

Right of Way Agents must be confident in making decisions based on their combined knowledge and education. Oral and written communication skills must be above average, as well as the ability to interpret, analyze and assimilate diverse bits of information. They must be able to understand the technological aspects of a project well enough to discuss it knowledgeably with property owners. This must be balanced with the ability to work independently, interact personally with a wide range of property owners from all ranges of socioeconomic, educational and ethnic backgrounds, in isolated rural areas and congested cities.

Coates is an EOE. Women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Coates Field Service is one of the nation's largest right of way consulting firms and works on behalf of energy transportation companies, pipeline companies, electric transmission companies, state and local governments, and other energy industry clients. Benefits offered. 

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