Hennepin CountyMinneapolis 55418
Full Time
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Land Acquisition Agent

Hennepin County
Full Time Lowry Avenue Bridge, 953 County Rd 153, Minneapolis, MN 55418, United States


The Transportation Project Delivery department seeks an experienced Land Acquisition Agent to represent the county in negotiations and act as the primary point of contact and resource for the public during the acquisition process. 

Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit .
Location and hours:

This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at the Public Works Facility located at 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina, MN 55430 and locations throughout Hennepin County to meet with clients and remote as job duties require. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will be discussed in more detail at the time of hire. There is no public transportation to the Public Works Facility in Medina. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must live in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.

New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022, to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.    

About the position type:
This position is a full-time, benefit-earning position.  
This position is internally classified as a Land Acquisition Agent.
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In this position, you will:          
  • Conduct negotiations with landowners or their legal representatives for purchase of real property interests needed for transportation projects and/or sale dispositions no longer needed for transportation related purposes.
  • Prepare standardized communications, deeds, easements and other real estate related documents and recording.
  • Maintain system records, documents and prepare reports and correspondence. Conduct basic research on land prior to acquisition or disposition. 
  • Coordinate with staff and communicate project needs with their supervisor and peers to ensure their assigned land acquisition parcels are delivered on time and on budget. 
  • Establish and maintain trusting working relationships with internal and external groups and individuals, including other county staff, federal, state and municipal staff, elected officials, and the public.
  • Work with county legal counsel on unsettled parcels throughout the condemnation process including testifying as an expert witness in a condemnation action.
Need to have:
One of the following:
  • Two or more years of college coursework in civil or transportation engineering, surveying, urban/regional planning, geography/urban studies, business, real estate or a related field and three or more years of real property appraisal or acquisition experience
  • Note: Experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
Nice to have:   
  • A Minnesota Real Estate license or Real Estate Broker's license.
  • Experience:
    • Utilizing databases as well as creating queries for reports, memos, and letters.
    • Reading and interpreting engineering drawings and plans.
    • With customer service.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to:
    • Read, understand, evaluate, and explain appraisals of real property.
    • Negotiate successfully for the purchase and disposition of real property.
    • Communicate with staff and the public with tact and discretion.

About the department:
We envision a Transportation Department whose members are respectful of one another and the public we serve and are committed to the delivery of a safe, high-quality county highway system. We are widely trusted and recognized for innovation, collaboration, and the responsible use of resources.
About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at  - select Guest option.
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jeffrey Smith-Sharp