Acquisition & Relocation Specialist (PAS4)

Job title: Acquisition & Relocation Specialist (PAS4)

Company: Washington State

Job description: Description


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity

WSDOT is currently seeking a real estate professional to operate with limited supervision, managing acquisition and relocation assignments per a defined schedule and in compliance with regulatory laws and policies. The purpose of this position is to, in compliance with the Uniform Relocation Act, investigate, negotiate, and conclude complex transactions with landowners concerning purchase, lease, rental or use of real property and property rights. The successful candidate appointed to these positions will support WSDOT’s Fish Passage program, working directly with multiple project engineers and members of their design teams to assist in identifying the property needs for WSDOT projects. This unique position will serve a vital role in support of WSDOT’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Acquisition & Relocation Specialist will:

  • Conduct site visits to inspect property and meet with property owners.
  • Review and understand Right of Way plans, construction plans, temporary easement maps, legal descriptions, complex appraisals, complicated ownership structures, detailed ownership agreements and documents, title reports, leases, other documents related to property ownership, valuation, and use for accuracy and correctness.
  • Apply advanced technical knowledge to conduct successful negotiations, resolve issues, perform research, initiate and/or perform title clearing actions as needed.
  • Assess the ownership and occupancy of property to develop relocation estimates and perform detailed relocation benefit calculations, perform relocation assistance duties, monitor relocation activities, and prepare and or review detailed summary relocation reports.
  • Perform calculations and data entry tasks needed to maintain accurate information.
  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of training.


To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • 12 months of experience as a

or working in Right of Way under the Uniform Act OR three (3) years of recent title clearing experience, residential & commercial relocation experience or real estate acquisition experience, also under the Uniform Act completing Right of Way work. * Current driver’s license

  • Current State of Washington Notary Stamp or the ability to obtain said license within six months of hire.
  • Proficient with computers and software programs to include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, Adobe, SharePoint, web, etc.
  • Ability to travel on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis in Washington to the following counties: Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish, and King County.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in business or public administration, civil engineering, construction management, real estate, economics, accounting, or related field.

Important Notes

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • Travel is a regular expectation of the position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis in Washington to the following counties, Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish, and King County. Duties are unlikely to require overnight travel.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County and 2.5% Assignment Pay.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable

. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in of the Washington Administrative Code. * WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit


  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including telework options for eligible positions.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees may earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to

for more information.

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How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity, are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Amanda Strebeck, at [email protected] . Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-13223 in the subject line.

Expected salary: $65635 – 88210 per year

Location: Shoreline, WA – King County, WA

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