The Land Specialist works as part of a project team from supporting line route selection through damage claim settlement for high voltage electric transmission and distribution lines. Land Rights and Permitting is responsible for acquisition and disposal of all land and land rights acquired or granted by Otter Tail Power Company for a variety of projects such as substations, tower sites, plants, etc. Also, this group is a constant source of information and assistance to all Customer Service Centers in their efforts to design and build the company’s electric distribution system. The person filling this position will travel to all parts of the company’s service territory which will require overnight stay, sometimes a week or longer depending on the project need. This person could be out of the office approximately 50 percent of the time. Many days during the year require work beyond 40 hours per week and non-traditional hours to meet with landowners, city or township governments, or commission-directed meetings, which are part of the routing/siting process.
Excellent communication and negotiating skills, working knowledge of the general operation of the electric transmission, and distribution systems, plus a working knowledge of the transfer of real estate title and rights. The candidate must have excellent computer skills, strong problem solving capabilities, self-directed time management skills, able to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, and operate in a negative environment at times with difficult landowners. Must be able to think independently, have strong problem solving capabilities, good interpersonal relationship skills, and be stress tolerant. A working knowledge of land survey methods, legal land surveys, county and township government operations and ordinances, GIS is important.