As the Right of Way Associate at VEC, you are a professional who safeguards VEC and its members by providing critical advice, information and guidance concerning VEC’s easement program. You efficiently execute all phases of work pertaining to easement acquisition, research, recording, and recordkeeping. You make decisions on all Right-of-Way (ROW) matters and work closely with Vegetation Maintenance, Engineering, Operations, and Legal.
You are committed to VEC’s mission of providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy services and understand the impact you have to the 32,000 members we serve across Northern Vermont.
What You Do / Will Do:
Right of Way Research (25% of time)
Research land records to report and provide assistance with member and realtor requests
Coordinate with other departments to research, understand and determine appropriate VEC risks as they relate to ROW and easement disputes. This includes idle service reviews and support for VEC’s Vegetation Management program.
Respond to stakeholder (landowners, public agencies, distribution utilities, etc.) inquiries about ROW issues in a timely and professional manner.
Easement Acquisition (35% of time)
Advise and coordinate with internal staff and contractors on the preparation of easement documentation required for new services for members. Perform land record research and title work, interpret survey and geographic location maps, and identify property conditions that affect rights of way.
Coordinate, negotiate and complete acquisition of easements for member line extensions and VEC line relocations
Negotiate necessary mitigation strategies with state regulators and property owners.
Work with legal counsel as needed, prepare easements, deeds, licenses, leases, contracts, and other relevant documents associated with VEC’s real property investments.
Engage and oversee manage outside professional service providers (surveyors, appraisers, engineers, right-of-way agents, etc.), as needed.
Document Management (20% of time)
Work with NISC MapWise to document easement boundaries and identify and implement strategies to enhance ROW record management.
Manage administrative duties associated with ROW documentation, land records, property assets, municipal and state rights of way, railroad crossings, and town road crossings.
Licensing and Property (10% of time)
Facilitate negotiations and complete the sale, purchase or leasing of property in connection with company projects and goals, as needed. Support department projects including the development of real estate, easement, and land acquisition policies and management of records.
Work with railroad entities to monitor, budget, and modify railroad licenses where applicable.
Work with the United States Department of Interior, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and Vermont Forest Parks and Recreation Department to budget, monitor, and develop licenses allowing VEC to conduct routine maintenance on state or federal lands
General Duties and Responsibilities (10% of time)
Participate in the 7:00 a.m. Engineering and Operations conference call each workday.
Collaborate with co-workers and others appropriately and effectively to meet project performance expectations.
Be familiar with VEC’s service territory and applicable national, state, and local regulations as they relate to electric power lines, RUS construction standards, and safe work practices.
Develop and manage budgets, maintain document management systems, and attend to administrative duties, as required.
Attend trainings for professional development, safety, and changes in technology.
Demonstrates support for VEC’s high performance culture that emphasizes trust, empowerment, quality, productivity and on-going development of a superior workforce.
Demonstrate safe work practices.
Support a strong cyber security culture. This includes, but is not limited to, cyber security awareness, training, and testing. Employee will support cyber security efforts and demonstrate cyber security best practices as outlined by management.
Assist in emergency restoration efforts as required.
Facilitate and participate in meetings necessary to accomplish project execution and completion.
Work continually toward self-development and attends educational seminars, safety workshops to benchmark state of the art practices.
Experience and Skills Needed:
You have a high school diploma or equivalent.
You get things done and can provide examples of where you have delivered results.
You have experience negotiating the land and easement acquisitions and leases and understanding of land records research.
You are a continuous learner and show enthusiasm to acquire expertise within a constantly changing industry.
You have excellent communication skills that prove to be effective when interacting with individuals inside and outside of the organization.
You work well in a collaborative, team-based environment but also independently.
You rely upon your solid interpersonal and relationship skills to effectively navigate conflict.
You are proactive and continuously look for opportunities to improve.
You are organized and have an eye for detail.
You are an excellent problem solver.
You have a valid Driver’s License to be able to travel occasionally for business.
You have a valid First Aid and CPR certification.
You are capable of sitting and using the computer for long periods of time (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions).
Experience and Skills Preferred:
You have a minimum of 1 year’s experience with line design, construction, operations, and VEC’s service territory.
You have legal experience.
You are familiar with NISC’s software (CIS, ABS, Mapping)
You have familiarity with ArcGIS and/or AutoCAD software.
You can work flexibly in various locations that includes the ability to tune out office buzz and hone in on tasks at hand.