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Description Writer

The Missouri Department of Transportation requested a survey of the other states regarding in an attempt to address any salary and job-responsibility inequities, is addressing the Right-of -Way position of those who prepare legal descriptiofns and related duties.

In Missouri, job duties of the "Description Writer" are generally as follows:
Review Plans, Prepare Legal Descriptions, Order and Process title contracts and commitments, Research Property Records and Databases, Research and Report deed and plan information to surveyors, land owners, developers, etc.

Being a decentralized Right-of-Way organization, legal descriptions in Missouri are prepared by various individuals, including: Full time Description Writers, each individual negotiator, design or survey staff, legal assistants, etc. Those individuals represent a wide range of pay grades.

If your state has a "Description Writer" position, please provide or answer the following:

  1. Copy of the job description for a Description Writer or similar position. Use the fax number or address below.

  2. If there are different levels or grades of Description Writer, what are the criteria?

  3. Salary schedule or minimum - maximum of the salary grade for a Description Writer or similar position.

  4. How does this salary range compare with salary of those performing clerical, right of way technician, negotiation, relocation and appraisal?

  5. Actual average salary paid for present personnel in the Description Writer or similar position.

  6. How many personnel are in the Description Writer or similar position statewide?

  7. If the job description you provide does not include it, what are the education and experience requirements of the Deed Writer position?

  8. What is the career path or promotional opportunity for the Deed Writer or similar position?

  9. What position supervises the Description Writer position?

ARIZONA

The Arizona Department of Transportation has a centralized unit that does all of the writing of legal descriptions for the Department statewide. The unit is the Delineation Team and is part of the Right of Way Plans Section of the Right of Way Group. Following is answers to the nine questions asked:

Questions 1 and 2. There are three position classes within the Delineation team. The Position Descriptions are:

CLASS TITLE: RIGHT OF WAY DELINEATION TECH II

The Position: Will review title reports for description data and verify encumbrances requirements, etc. Review R/W plans or plats for description and engineering data-verify. Compose property description with appropriate additional clauses (access control, etc.) as needed. Prepare proper legal documents to convey all property rights for new right of way. Prepare condemnation packages to be used by the Attorney General's Office in Eminent Domain cases.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles of land surveying, of land title and civil engineering as they relate to the preparation of legal descriptions for property acquisitions. Knowledge of real estate laws. Skilled in planning, organizing, researching, problem solving, calculating right of way engineering, technical writing, interpreting and preparing legal descriptions, determining property boundaries, and interpreting title reports.

DELINEATION TEAM LEADER: CLASS TITLE: RIGHT OF WAY DELINEATION TECH III

The Position: Will conduct interviews for Delineation Tech positions and prepare paper work for hire. Assist in the supervision and training of Delineation Technicians. Prepare and process employee evaluations of subordinate Delineation Technicians. Review descriptions prepared by Delineation Technicians, on-call consultants and other governmental agencies for accuracy and conformance to state standards, policies and procedures of land survey descriptions and legal documents. Review right of way plans for conformance with right of way plan standards. Analyze and interpret land survey descriptions and legal documents to determine sufficiency of property rights being conveyed. Prepare the most complex delineation documents for real estate interests to be acquired. Assist in the Supervision and management of project workloads based on anticipated projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of Right of Way Plans Section services, products, policies and procedures. State of Arizona Personnel Rules. Knowledge of the principles of land surveying, of land title and civil engineering as they relate to the preparation of legal descriptions for property acquisitions. Knowledge of real estate laws. Skilled in reading, plotting, writing and/or reviewing legal land descriptions, determining property boundaries, and interpreting title reports. Personal computer programs and applications. Oral and written communication skills.

DELINEATION UNIT SUPERVISOR: CLASS TITLE: TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING SPECIALIST

The Position: Will perform all administrative and supervisory functions necessary. Assign, monitor and supervise the performance and work products of subordinate employees (which include permanent staff, supplemental service employees, and On-Call Right of Way consultants). Perform a variety of personnel related activities, including direct supervision, training, discipline and performance evaluations. Establish and ensure adherence to the schedule of all projects and tasks assigned to subordinate personnel. Respond to inquiries regarding the status and schedules of all Right of Way projects and tasks. Ensure timely resolution of the most difficult technical and personnel issues raised by subordinate personnel, other ADOT departments, private surveyors and the general public. Review descriptions prepared by Delineation Technicians, on-call consultants and other governmental agencies for accuracy and conformance to state standards, policies and procedures of land survey descriptions and legal documents. Review right of way plans for conformance with right of way plan standards. Assist the Right of Way Plans Section Manager in administrative and managerial functions as directed, including serving as the Acting Section Manager in his absence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of Right of Way Plans Section services, products, policies and procedures. Federal and State regulations, policies and guidelines. Computer aided drafting standards and practices. Reading, plotting, writing and/or reviewing legal land descriptions. Survey principles and practices. Highway design, construction, and maintenance. Personal computer programs and applications. Right of Way appraisals, acquisition and condemnation policies and procedures. Oral and written communication skills. Establishing/reviewing schedules and budgets. State of Arizona Personnel Rules.

3. RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH II: SALARY: $28,142 - $49,626
RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH III: SALARY: $33,243 - $58,760
TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING SPECIALIST: SALARY: $39,305 -
$69,613

4. Clerical: SALARY: $19,603 - $32,552
Right-of-Way Technician: SALARY: $24,671 - $48,693
Negotiation & Relocation: SALARY: $30,811 - $62,947
Appraiser: SALARY: $34,092 - $68,274

5. RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH II: SALARY: $44,500
RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH III: SALARY: $45,500
TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING SPECIALIST: SALARY: $54,500

6. RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH II: 2
RIGHT-OF-WAY DELINEATION TECH III: 1
TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING SPECIALIST: 1

7. RIGHT OF WAY DELINEATION TECH II:

Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of two (2) years experience in land title principles and practices, right of way procedures, principles of highway design for right of way, legal principles of urban controlled access highways and computer programs, or experience in land surveying or experience as a Civil Engineer Technician. Two years of college will substitute for two years of experience.

RIGHT OF WAY DELINEATION TECH III:

Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of four (4) years experience in land title principles and practices, right of way procedures, principles of highway design for right of way, legal principles of urban controlled access highways and computer programs, or experience in land surveying or experience as a Civil Engineer Technician. Two years of college will substitute for two years of experience. Two years of experience equivalent to the Transportation Right of Way Delineation Technician II.

TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING SPECIALIST:

Preferred Qualifications: Prefer Bachelors of Science degree in civil engineering or a closely related field and two years of experience equivalent to a Transportation Engineering Technician level; OR three years experience at a Senior Transportation Engineering Technician level; OR completion of the Arizona Department of Transportation Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T.) program; OR registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of Arizona.

8. The career path would be upward to the positions above as they become open. There are also opportunities to move to other classes within the Right of Way Group if the individual meets the necessary qualifications.

9. The Right-of-Way Delineation Tech III supervises the two Right-of-Way Delineation Tech II positions and the Transportation Engineering Specialist is the direct supervisor of the Delineation tech III and is the Second Level Supervisor of the Delineation Tech II positions.

ARKANSAS

  1. We have four Abstractors and two Senior Abstractors that perform title work and hire title commitments. Approximate salaries for these positions are: Abstractors $44,000 and Sr. Abstractors $50,000.
    See attached Classification Specifications.

  2. Different grades based on experience and knowledge. See Classification Specifications.

  3. Salary ranges from $31,000 to $45,000 for R/W Plans Designers I & II. R/W Plans Designers III earn approximately $51,000.

  4. Approximate salaries are: Clerical $25,000 - $30,000; R/W Tech (Admin. Aide I) $23,000; Negotiator $51,000-$55,000; Relocation Coordinator $58,000 - $62,000; Appraisers $37,000 - $51,000; Appraiser/Negotiator $56,000; Review Appraiser $67,000.

  5. See above.

  6. Nine

  7. Reference Classification Specification.

  8. R/W Tech (Admin. Aide I); R/W Plans Designer I, II, III; R/W Engineering Specialist, Section Head

  9. R/W Plans Designer III and R/W Engineering Specialist supervise plans design and preparation with overall supervision by the Section Head.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Abstractor - Grade XII

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for the preparation of a history of title to real property in any county in the state for the sole and exclusive use of the Department.
Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Two (2) years advanced training or the equivalent work experience in related field with one (1) year work experience under the direction of a registered abstractor licensed by the state or have worked one (1) year under the direction of the Department's title attorney or an abstractor qualified by the Department. Must have passed the examination given by the Arkansas Abstractor's Board of Examiners.
NOTE: AHTD abstractors are not to be considered registered abstractors as defined by the Abstractor's Licensing Law of 1969.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Administrative Aide I - Grade VI

Characteristics of Work
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for performing routine clerical duties in a Division or Section.
Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
High school education, GED, or equivalent. Demonstrated typing ability.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Realty Appraiser I - Grade X

Characteristics of Work
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for performing uncomplicated appraisal work in appraising real estate to determine the fair market value of properties involved in right of way acquisition for highway purposes.
Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Real Estate, or related field. Constant statewide travel. General knowledge of property values and methods of appraising property. Ability to utilize county, state and federal records in searching for deeds, easements, condemnations, releases, etc. Ability to express findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public officials and the general public.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Realty Appraiser II - Grade XII

Characteristics of Work
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for performing moderately complex appraisal work in appraising real estate to determine the fair market value of properties involved in right of way acquisition for highway purposes.
Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Real Estate or related field and one (1) or more years experience. General knowledge of property values and methods of appraising property. General knowledge of Arkansas statutes relative to the laws of eminent domain. Ability to utilize county, state and federal records in searching for deeds, easements, condemnations, releases, etc. Ability to read, interpret and understand highway construction plans and right of way maps. Ability to write a working description for parcels of property. Ability to express findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public officials and the general public. Constant statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Realty Appraiser III - Grade XIV

Characteristics of Work
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for performing complex appraisal work in appraising real estate to determine the fair market value of properties involved in right of way acquisition for highway purposes.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Real Estate, or related field and three (3) or more years experience. Working appraisal knowledge of all areas in the state of Arkansas. Ability to determine market value of any specific real property or improvements thereon. Considerable knowledge of property values and methods of appraising property. Considerable knowledge of Arkansas statutes relative to the laws of eminent domain. Ability to utilize county, state and federal records in searching for deeds, easements, condemnations, releases, etc. Ability to read, interpret and understand highway construction plans and right of way maps. Ability to write a working description for parcels of property. Ability to express findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public officials and the general public. Constant statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Realty Appraiser/Negotiator - Grade XV

Characteristics of Work
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for performing moderately complex appraisal work in appraising real estate to determine the fair market value of properties involved in right of way acquisition for highway purposes. This position is also accountable for the appraisal and purchase of right-of-way when the market value is estimated to be $2,500.00 or less.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Real Estate, or related field and appraisal and negotiation experience. Extensive knowledge of property values and methods of appraising property. Extensive knowledge of Arkansas statutes relative to the laws of eminent domain. Ability to utilize county, state and federal records in searching for deeds, easements, condemnations, releases, etc. Ability to read, interpret, and understand highway construction plans and right of way maps. Ability to write a working description for parcels of property. Ability to express findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public officials and the general public. Constant statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Relocation Coordinator - Grade XIV

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for the relocation of people and organizations from the right of way obtained for highway construction.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology or related field with experience in relocation procedures. Statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Reviewing Appraiser - Grade XVII

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for the review and approval of realty appraisal reports prepared in connection with the acquisition of right of way.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Real Estate, Business Administration, or related field. Experience as a qualified appraiser. Considerable knowledge of property values and methods of appraising property. Considerable knowledge of Arkansas statutes relative to the laws of eminent domain. Ability to utilize county, state and federal records in searching for deeds, easements, condemnations, releases, etc. Ability to read, interpret and understand highway construction plans and right of way maps. Ability to write a working description for parcels of property. Ability to express findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public officials and the general public. Constant statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Right of Way Engineering Specialist - Grade XIV

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for reviewing and checking all work completed by the Engineering Section of the Right of Way Division to ensure the accuracy and completeness of right of way plans and other documents.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related field applicable to the work performed. Ability to interpret construction plans.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Right of Way Negotiator - Grade XIV

Characteristics of Work
This position is accountable for the purchasing of right of way for highway construction.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Real Estate or related field or equivalent experience. Constant statewide travel.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Right of Way Plans Designer I - Grade VIII

Characteristics of Work
Under the supervision of the Right of Way Plans Designer III, this position is responsible for the complete design and preparation of right of way plans, legal descriptions for contracts to sell on warranty or easement deeds, and construction of legal exhibits on condemnation cases.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
High school education, GED, or equivalent. Training in highway design, personal computer and CADD, and experience in related field.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Right of Way Plans Designer II - Grade XI

Characteristics of Work
Under the direct supervision of the Right of Way Plans Designer III, this position is responsible for the complete design and preparation of right of way plans, legal descriptions for contracts to sell on warranty or easement deeds, and construction of legal exhibits on condemnation cases.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
High school education, GED, or equivalent. Advanced training in highway design, personal computer and CADD, and experience in related field.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Right of Way Plans Designer III - Grade XIII

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for the supervision of four (4) Right of Way Plans Designers, review and approval of the work completed by subordinates, and review and approval of right of way plans prepared by consulting engineering firms.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
High school education, GED, or equivalent. Education in sub-professional engineering, mathematics, and surveying with related experience or equivalent.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Section Head - Right of Way Engineering - Grade XVIII

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for ensuring the preparation of certificates of titles, right of way plans, and legal descriptions needed for the appraisal and acquisition of property.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related field applicable to work performed. Thorough knowledge in mathematics and general surveying practices, considerable experience in right of way plan preparation, and familiarity with legal principles applicable to preparing legal descriptions.

AHTD - Classification Specifications
Senior Abstractor - Grade XIII

Characteristics of Work
This position is responsible for the thorough and detailed research of public record and recommendation of procedures appropriate for transfer of title on all low value parcels. Also responsible for the preparation of abstracts of title and title searches.

Examples of Work
The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is an "at will" employer.

Minimum Requirements
At least five (5) years advanced training or the equivalent work experience in related field with one (1) year work experience under the direction of a registered abstractor licensed by the state or have worked one (1) year under the direction of the Department's Title Attorney or an abstractor qualified by the Department. Must have passed the examination given by the Arkansas Abstractor's Board of Examiners. Knowledge of land transfers and legalities of a paralegal nature.
NOTE: AHTD Abstractors are not to be considered registered Abstractors as defined by the Abstractor's Licensing Law of 1969.

AHTD SALARY SCHEDULE Effective: 6/23/2005

Salary Level Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
I 412.00
10,712.00
630.00
16,380.00
669.00
17,394.00
719.00
18,694.00
768.00
19,968.00
820.00
21,320.00
883.00
22,958.00
908.00
23,608.00
II 634.00
16,484.00
699.00
18,174.00
728.00
18,928.00
778.00
20,228.00
834.00
21,684.00
887.00
23,062.00
956.00
24,856.00
987.00
25,662.00
III 662.00
17,212.00
734.00
19,084.00
772.00
20,072.00
826.00
21,476.00
880.00
22,880.00
942.00
24,492.00
1,006.00
26,156.00
1,086.00
28,236.00
IV 725.00
18,850.00
809.00
21,034.00
853.00
22,178.00
911.00
23,686.00
974.00
25,324.00
1,044.00
27,144.00
1,113.00
28,938.00
1,191.00
30,966.00
V 792.00
20,592.00
891.00
23,166.00
944.00
24,544.00
1,005.00
26,130.00
1,073.00
27,898.00
1,146.00
29,796.00
1,227.00
31,902.00
1,309.00
34,034.00
VI 872.00
22,672.00
981.00
25,506.00
1,044.00
27,144.00
1,106.00
28,756.00
1,183.00
30,758.00
1,260.00
32,760.00
1,345.00
34,970.00
1,426.00
37,076.00
VII 963.00
25,038.00
1,080.00
28,080.00
1,146.00
29,796.00
1,222.00
31,772.00
1,303.00
33,878.00
1,380.00
35,880.00
1,469.00
38,194.00
1,556.00
40,456.00
VIII 1,057.00
27,482.00
1,189.00
30,914.00
1,265.00
32,890.00
1,345.00
34,970.00
1,425.00
37,050.00
1,509.00
39,234.00
1,600.00
41,600.00
1,691.00
43,966.00
IX   1,309.00
34,034.00
1,387.00
36,062.00
1,471.00
38,246.00
1,556.00
40,456.00
1,646.00
42,796.00
1,740.00
45,240.00
1,830.00
47,580.00
X   1,425.00
37,050.00
1,513.00
39,338.00
1,599.00
41,574.00
1,689.00
43,914.00
1,787.00
46,462.00
1,888.00
49,088.00
1,979.00
51,454.00
XI   1,558.00
40,508.00
1,656.00
43,056.00
1,744.00
45,344.00
1,838.00
47,788.00
1,938.00
50,388.00
2,044.00
53,144.00
2,139.00
55,614.00
XII   1,693.00
44,018.00
1,794.00
46,644.00
1,891.00
49,166.00
1,985.00
51,610.00
2,093.00
54,418.00
2,202.00
57,252.00
2,285.00
59,410.00
XIII   1,835.00
47,710.00
1,953.00
50,778.00
2,051.00
53,326.00
2,150.00
55,900.00
2,251.00
58,526.00
2,369.00
61,594.00
2,442.00
63,492.00
XIV   1,985.00
51,610.00
2,108.00
54,808.00
2,208.00
57,408.00
2,307.00
59,982.00
2,421.00
62,946.00
2,533.00
65,858.00
2,610.00
67,860.00
XV   2,140.00
55,640.00
2,270.00
59,020.00
2,372.00
61,672.00
2,475.00
64,350.00
2,590.00
67,340.00
2,707.00
70,382.00
2,782.00
72,332.00
XVI   2,294.00
59,644.00
2,436.00
63,336.00
2,542.00
66,092.00
2,652.00
68,952.00
2,760.00
71,760.00
2,887.00
75,062.00
2,949.00
76,674.00
XVII   2,462.00
64,012.00
2,609.00
67,834.00
2,715.00
70,590.00
2,826.00
73,476.00
2,945.00
76,570.00
3,065.00
79,690.00
3,123.00
81,198.00
XVIII   2,631.00
68,406.00
2,787.00
72,462.00
2,896.00
75,296.00
3,007.00
78,182.00
3,136.00
81,536.00
3,256.00
84,656.00
3,300.00
85,800.00
XIX   2,916.00
75,816.00
3,024.00
78,624.00
3,141.00
81,666.00
3,254.00
84,604.00
3,379.00
87,854.00
3,411.00
88,686.00
 
XX   3,121.00
81,146.00
3,233.00
84,058.00
3,351.00
87,126.00
3,469.00
90,194.00
3,487.00
90,662.00
   

CALIFORNIA

California does not use a Description Writer.

CONNECTICUT

Please be advised that our deed writers, title searchers and closers are all Property Agents 1 & 2. This is the same title which is held by all staff of other right-of-way disciplines such as the negotiators, appraisers, project coordinators and property management people. All of our agents are required to be knowledgeable in all disciplines.

A Supervising Property Agent oversees the activities of the Property Agent 1 & 2 s. I have attached a copies of our job descriptions for your information as well as a copy of our compensation plan.

Classified/Competitive

Class Code: 6585
Pay Plan: ES - 21
Class Title: PROPERTY AGENT 1

PURPOSE OF CLASS:
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, leasing and revenue management.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Works under the supervision an employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May lead lower level employees as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Conducts negotiations necessary to secure property, property rights and 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 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 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.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
General Experience:
Six (6) years' technical experience in rights of way, real estate appraisal or land acquisition and property management.

Substitution Allowed:
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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  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.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group ES 21 approved effective March 29, 1994. (Revised to specify leasing and marketing responsibilities)

6585A 3/29/94 baw/ 11/9/95 pzd

CC: 6585
Final#: 5922A
Occup. Group: (29)-Acquisition/Leasing
Bargaining Unit: (15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
EEO: (2)-Professional
Eff. Date: Nov 3, 1995

Classified/Competitive

Class Code: 7501
Pay Plan: ES - 24
Class Title: PROPERTY AGENT 2

PURPOSE OF CLASS:
In a state agency having a real property appraisal and acquisition and/or leasing function this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in the technical phases of property appraisal, acquisition, relocation, leasing, sale or revenues management.

GUIDELINES FOR CLASS USE:
WORKING LEAD LEVEL: Incumbents at this level report to a supervisory level class and are assigned full time lead responsibility for a unit with a minimum of two (2) other employees while performing unit work activities. Assigned lead responsibilities may include supervisory type activities outlined below in the first paragraph under the Examples of Duties section. For supervisory type duties performed by incumbents in this class the final/"sign-off" authority is vested in the supervisory level employee to whom the incumbent reports.

ADVANCED WORKING LEVEL: Incumbents at this level perform the most complex tasks within a unit where must clearly exceed the norm and include a concentration of highly advanced functions within assigned disciplines. Class use is on a limited or exceptional basis.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Receives general direction from an employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
Leads Property Agents 1 and other staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
WORKING LEAD LEVEL: As assigned by a supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews office unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit office policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

ADVANCED WORKING LEVEL: Leads or participates in field investigations and negotiations necessary for purchase, lease or tenant occupancy of land, buildings, other improvements, easement rights or revenue development; prepares leases, agreements, deeds and related documents; oversees relocation activities and makes suggestions as to appropriate courses of actions; prepares appraisals of real property to be acquired, sold or leased; prepares cost estimates, title searches, deeds and condemnation documents; inspects designated properties to determine scope of projects and areas to be affected; testifies in court in condemnation proceedings to sustain values recommended; recommends alterations where such changes will result in a more reasonable award to property owners; supervises disposal of excess properties through transfer to other state agencies or formal or informal bids to the public; monitors tenant compliance with lease agreements; establishes and maintains liaison with engineers, engineering consultants, municipal agencies and other state agencies in connection with property appraisal and acquisition activities; may review appraisals submitted by staff or fee appraisals for conformance to proper valuation techniques; may be assigned special projects; may supervise rental and leasing of state owned properties, may develop and manage specific properties or leases to enhance revenue production; performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of methods and practices of land acquisition by purchase or condemnation; knowledge of real estate appraisal; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations concerning relocation of displaced property owners and tenants, public utility location and relocation as they affect rights of way processes, property leases, service contracts, space rental agreements, tenant and lease holder rights; knowledge of effect on property values of deed restrictions, zoning ordinances, setbacks, assessments and encroachments; knowledge of property management including lease negotiation, needs assessment, proposal analysis and revenue enhancement; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; some supervisory ability.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
General Experience:
Seven (7) years' technical experience in the appraisal, acquisition or sale of real property or in a large scale real estate property management.

Substitution Allowed:
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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  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.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

This replaces the existing specifications for the same class in the same Salary Group ES 24 approved effective October 1, 1993. (Revised to specify leasing and marketing responsibilities)

7501A 9/24/93 baw/11/9/95 pzd

CC: 7501
Final#: 5922A
Occup. Group: (29)-Acquisition/Leasing
Bargaining Unit: (15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
EEO: (2)-Professional
Eff. Date: Nov 3, 1995

Classified/Competitive

Class Code: 0501
Pay Plan: ES - 26
Class Title: SUPERVISING PROPERTY AGENT

PURPOSE OF CLASS:
In a state agency having a real property appraisal and acquisition function this class is accountable for supervising Property Agents performing the technical and complex phases of property appraisal, property acquisition and relocation assistance and property leasing or sale.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Receives general direction from an employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
Supervises property agents and other staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans section work; establishes and maintains section procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liasion with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises property appraisal and acquisition, relocation, outdoor advertising, property management or title examination and recording; supervises research, physical inspections surveys and compilation of project related data; accepts or rejects values estimated by staff and independent fee appraisers; supervises preparation of documentation for presentation at hearings, court proceedings or property conveyance, condemnation, easements, acquisition, release or other related purposes; prepares material and reviews negotiated documents to ensure conformance with rules and regulations; supervises maintenance and control of section files and records; presents testimony at hearings or court proceedings; performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutues and regulations; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of methods and practices of land acquisition by purpose or condemnation; considerable knowledge of real estate appraisal; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of property management; considerable knowledge of title examining and recording; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; supervisory ability.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
General Experience:
Eight (8) years' experience in the appraisal, acquisition or sale of real property or in large scale real estate property management.

Special Experience:
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a lead capacity.

Note:
For state employees lead capacity is interpreted at the level of Property Agent 2.

Substitution Allowed:
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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  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.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain a Notary Public Commission.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

This cancels the existing titles of and specifications for the classes of

TITLE SALARY GROUP EFFECTIVE DATE
Environmental Protection Supervising
Property Agent ES 26 January 15, 1988
Supervising Appraiser ES 26 May 7, 1991
Transportation Rights of Way Section
Supervisor ES 26 January 15, 1988

0501A 9/27/93 baw

CC: 0501
Final#: 0279A
Occup. Group: (29)-Acquisition/Leasing
Bargaining Unit: (15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
EEO: (2)-Professional
Eff. Date: Nov 3, 1995

GEORGIA

Georgia uses a software program that produces legal descriptions. They are no longer hand written.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky does not have a "Description Writer" position. It is the responsibility of our Division of Highway Design to provide legal descriptions for our highway acquisitions.

LOUISIANA

Louisiana doesn't have a distinct or separate position for description writer. The ability to write property descriptions is part of the general job specifications for the Real Estate Specialist series. However, our current operating procedures have the Department's Location and Survey Section providing us with electronic property descriptions. Our specialists check these descriptions for accuracy, but in the vast majority of cases, the descriptions require no changes and are simply copied and pasted into documents.

MAINE

We currently have 2 people in our organization that are authoring descriptions. Our Legal Office prepares the final Deed in most cases with the description provided. The 2 gentlemen are in our general Senior Technician classification with a current salary range of $36.8-$50.8K. One of these positions also reviews ROW Plans and draws up condemnation documents (Supervised by a Title Office Mgr); the other also is in charge of Property Records and assists with providing plans to surveyors, land owners,developers, and municipalities (Supervised by our Chief Surveyor). This pay range is commensurate with our senior ROW Mappers.

We are currently in a reorganization that, eventually, will have the descriptions written by or under a Professional Surveyor.

MARYLAND

Maryland does not have a description writer position. We use consultants to write descriptions and our legal staff prepares deeds.

MINNESOTA

General comments: Mn/DOT acquires R/W either through narrative descriptions or via R/W Plat reference. Mn/DOT is in the process of decentralizing a number of activities, some of the R/W functions among them. This has been going on for about four years with varying degrees of success. Description writing is one of the functions that is in transition, with Plat Descriptions being written in the District R/W or Survey Offices and reviewed by the Central Office Descriptions Staff. All narrative descriptions are currently written by the Central Office Descriptions Staff at this time. In the Districts, a variety of personnel are involved in the description writing process, it being only one of their duties. Furthermore, the person responsible often changes as employees move from one assignment to another. This is another of the factors contributing to the long time to achieve the distributed services goal. The staff of the Central Office Descriptions Unit are designated as "Description Writers," that being their only function (Description writing includes analyzing the supporting documents used to create the description.)

In addition, some of the duties you list above for Description Writer are performed by other personnel within Mn/DOT. For instance: "Order and Process title contracts and commitments" - this is performed by our Real Estate and Legal Staff, primarily located here in the Central Office, who are not involved in the actual writing of the descriptions. Often, this work is contracted out. "Research Property Records And Databases" - various aspects of this work are again performed by either the Real Estate and Legal Staff or by the District Survey Staff. Again, these people may not necessarily be the ones writing the descriptions. "Research and Report deed and plan information to surveyors, land owners, developers" - This usually falls to the District R/W and Survey Staff and is performed independently of any description writing duties that those offices mat have.

  1. The accompanying Position Description is for a designated Description Writer in the Central Office Descriptions Unit. As mentioned in my General Note above, in the Districts, description writing is simply one of many assignments that an individual may have; there is not, to my knowledge, an identified Description Writer position or associated Description Writer Position Description for the Districts.

  2. Generally speaking, and I am talking here of the situation in the Central Office Descriptions Unit, a Description Writer starts out in the technician series (either a Transportation Generalist Senior - TGS, or a Transportation Specialist - TS.) and progresses to the paraprofessional level (Engineering Specialist - ES or Engineering Specialist Senior - SES) based upon experience and demonstrated proficiency. Currently, there are two ES and one SES level writers within the Central Office Descriptions Unit, supervised by a Senior Land Surveyor. In the Districts, the personnel doing the description writing are either TGS or TS level personnel. Again, with rare exception, description writing is not their only duty. In fact, depending upon District staffing levels, it may well not be their primary duty. Just as an example, all District personnel at these (technician) levels are now required to plow snow as part of their regular assignment. In addition, whether in Central Office or the District, the descriptions are to be reviewed by a Licensed Land Surveyor (either a Land Surveyor Senior - SLS or a Land Surveyor Princicpal - PLS). The accompanying Position Description is for a Description Writer at the ES (the "standard") level in the Central Office Descriptions Unit.

  3. The following lists the current pay ranges for the different classifications involved in description writing. Be advised that contracts are currently in negotiation and these rates will likely increase an average of 2%.
    Transportation Generalist Senior $15.05 - 19.97
    Transportation Specialist $16.31 - 22.95
    Engineering Specialist $19.70 - 28.64
    Engineering Specialist Senior $21.24 - 30.92
    Land Surveyor Senior $22.92 - 32.57
    Land Surveyor Principal $24.69 - 36.39

    As mentioned previously, other classifications are involved with other aspects of the work you have identified above. I am simply listing those involved in the actual writing of the legal descriptions.

  4. There are five levels to the Office and Administrative Specialist Series. Pay ranges from a low of $11.44 to a high of $20.08.

    There are nine levels to the Real Estate Series (two in one bargaining unit and seven in another). Pay ranges from a low of $14.14 to a high of $30.64.

    The Transportation Specialist Series has four levels ranging from a low of $13.37 to a high of $22.95.

    These pay ranges do not necessarily include those involved in supervisory or legal (Attorney) positions. Additionally, outside contractors are used to perform some of this work as well.

  5. Again, I am only addressing the personnel involved in the Central Office Descriptions Unit. The mean salary for the two ES and one SES positions is $27.70. I am not even going to try to determine what it is for the various people scattered across the Districts. Suffice it to say that, since they are generally in a lower classification (the technician series) their average salary would be lower. As a rough estimate, the mean for the midrange between the TGS and TS positions is $18.57.

  6. Because of the fluid nature and multiple use of personnel in the Districts, it is difficult to state with any certainty the numbers involved. If accepted procedures are being followed, then there are at least two people per District involved in writing and checking legal descriptions. With eight Districts, this makes for sixteen people, not counting those involved in a supervisory capacity. Add in the four personnel from the Central Office Descriptions Unit and the total climbs to twenty. Again, this does not include those involved in obtaining deeds, titles, or negotiating with property owners, though in some cases the same individuals who are writing the descriptions may be involved in that work.

  7. See the accompanying Position Description. In addition, it is always helpful to have some survey knowledge as well as experience reading and interpreting legal descriptions.

  8. Since most description writers start out in the technician series, the normal career path is to progress through the various levels within that series (Transportation Associate to Transportation Generalist to Transportation Generalist Senior to Transportation Specialist) and then into the paraprofessional grades (Engineering specialist and Engineering Specialist Senior). Some individuals do occasionally transition into the professional ranks (either Engineer or Land Surveyor).

  9. Depending upon where the description is being written the supervisor is either the District R/W Engineer or the District Land Surveyor. In the Central Office Descriptions Unit a Land Surveyor Senior, operating under a Land Surveyor Principal, oversees the Description Writers. In any event, the goal is to have all descriptions prepared by Mn/DOT, whether in the District of Central Office, prepared under the supervision of a Licensed Land Surveyor; this is a requirement for those descriptions prepared for Mn/DOT by outside contractors.

Mn/DOT Position Description

Individual Contributor/Professional

CLASSIFICATION TITLE
Engineering Specialist

WORKING TITLE (if different)
Legal Description Preparation Specialist

POSITION CONTROL #
1060380

BARGAINING UNIT
212

FLSA DESIGNATION

Non-exempt

QA REVIEW DATE

GROUP

Program Support

OFFICE/DISTRICT

Office of Land Management/Central Office

EMPLOYEE'S NAME (Please Print)

EMPLOYEE'S SIGNATURE DATE

SUPERVISOR'S NAME (Please Print)

SUPERVISOR'S SIGNATURE DATE

REPORTS TO (Classification Title(s))
Senior Land Surveyor,
Principal Land Surveyor

 

POSITION PURPOSE

To prepare, review and approve legal descriptions used for the acquisition and disposition of real property interests for all transportation projects under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Transportation. Serve as a technical expert advisor to other staff in the Legal Descriptions Unit as well as District personnel. Provide accurate, precise decisions that support the Department's Program Delivery schedule. Train staff state-wide in the preparation and use of legal descriptions.

Mn/DOT INDIVIDUAL COMPETENCIES

The individual competencies including Leadership, Learning and Strategic/Systems Thinking, Quality Management, Organizational Knowledge, People Management, Technical Knowledge, and Individual Characteristics apply to all MN/DOT positions.

Job Specific Technical Competencies

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Non-technical KSAs (such as leadership, communication skills, etc.) for this position are already described in the Mn/DOT Individual Competencies. Listed below are technical KSAs, and other KSAs not reflected in the competencies.

REQUIRED: (minimum KSAs required at the time of hire)

Expert level: Knowledge of legal description preparation, relating to policies and standards of the Dept.
Expert level: Knowledge of Minnesota laws, regulations and standard surveying practices as they apply to legal descriptions.
Expert level: Knowledge of Mn/DOT's organizational structure and program delivery processes.
Expert level: Ability to understand and apply the Land Surveying principles of the Public Land Survey System to property descriptions.
Expert level: Ability to properly apply the English language to description writing techniques so that all users will understand the meaning of the acquisition description.
Expert level: Ability to provide training in the Department's writing techniques to subordinates and professionals on rotation.
Expert level: Ability to apply innovations to unusual situations related to property descriptions so that conflicts are resolved with a minimum of additional work by the Districts.
Expert level: Ability to recognize which policies and rules apply to a specific situation and to know how they should be used to solve a problem.
Expert level: Ability to apply the proper directives from the Attorney General as they relate to use of legal language in land descriptions.
Expert level: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other sections and Districts and outside agencies.
High level: Ability to communicate and resolve problems in a diplomatic manner, applying expertise and experience toward a common solution.
Ability to measure areas mathematically or with CADD to provide the Valuation Unit with a basis for appraisal.
High level: Ability to prioritize work so that all projects are completed within the scheduled time frame.
High level: Ability to interpret Commissioner's Orders as they apply to existing Right of Way and to determine if they have been shown correctly on the Right of Way map. Moderate level: Ability to relate field situations to legal boundary descriptions and decide when assistance is needed from the Land Surveyor Senior or the Attorney.

DESIRED:

  1. Extensive CADD experience related to Microstation for Right of Way Maps and Plats.
  2. Moderate computer knowledge and keyboarding experience.
  3. Good presentation experience and report preparation.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS

REQUIRED: (minimum certifications, etc., required at the time of hire)

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The physical requirements and environmental conditions described in this section are representative of those that may be required of an employee to successfully perform the job.

General Office

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use wrists, hands, and fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and
arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move
up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and Ability to adjust focus.

Note: Reasonable accommodations must be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. For more information, contact Mn/DOT's Office of Human Resources.

Part 1 - Position Description Form
Part 2 - Performance Management - Planning Form
Part 3 - Performance Management - Annual Review Form

PD form date: January 2001

NEBRASKA

Nebraska does not have a position of "Description Writer". The folks that create our ROW Plans write our legal descriptions.

NEVADA

The Nevada R/W Division has a Right-of-Way Engineering Section. They prepare all legal descriptions unless we choose to hire an approved consultant. I could share the organization chart. I am uncertain if it is on the State web site at this time because it is being updated. There are a number of levels within the section which has a group"series concepts" and "individual class specifications". The salaries range in grade levels, 32-39 and the Manager is a 41. I can share the two pay scales used in Nevada with you if you would like or you can reach our Human Resource Division at 775-888-7430. I could go on and on, but I don't have time. You can either contact Human Resources at the number above, or if you need very specific information you can call Jon Bunch the Manager of the Section at 775-888-7470. If that is your desire I would like you to let me know first because he is a very very busy individual, and I can give him a heads up.

I am working on a "Salary Survey" because even though we are paid good money we are having a great deal of trouble recruiting. It is my hope, should I not retire first, to obtain a salary adjustment for my 96 employees. Professional and Technical employees, not just R/W Engineering.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey DOT has no such position. Parcel descriptions are drafted by either consultant or in-house designers at the time of plan preparation.

NORTH DAKOTA

The North Dakota Department of Transportation does not have a separate description writer position. The land descriptions are created by staff members that create the right of way plats. After the plats are created, the description is written using the Legal Description System in Geopak. This system uses the Legal Description Editor and the Legal Description Library to create the legal description. This method is fast and accurate. If the plat is accurate, the description is accuracy and conforms to standards.

OHIO

Ohio does not use a similar position.

Our legal descriptions are all written and "sealed" by a registered surveyor -- by state law.

WYOMING

  1. Please see the attachment for information in regard to questions 1 and 2. Our classification for people who write descriptions are Transportation Technicians.

  2. Please see the attachment for information in regard to questions 1 and 2. Our classification for people who write descriptions are Transportation Technicians.

  3. We have three levels of Transportation Technicians
    TECH 1 (highest) $2,777 - $ 3,9119
    TECH 2 (Mid range) $2,690 - $3,732
    TECH 3 (Lowest) $2,505 - $3,349

  4. Our R/W agent's salary range

  5. Principle (Highest) $3,842 - $5,023
    (Mid range) $2,825 - $ $3,694
    (Entry Level) $2,091 - $2,733
    We have a title examiner who does all of the title research his salary is $3,957.26 per month

  6. $3,082.10 per month

  7. We have 5 people in that position

  8. Besides moving up through the Tech 3 -1 positions there is no promotional opportunities unless the Tech has an L.S. (Licensed Surveyor).

  9. Lands Management Supervisor with an L.S.

WASHINGTON

Washington State does not have a position specifically dedicated to writing descriptions. They are written by each acquisition agent.

Updated: 09/05/2014
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