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Right-of-Way Technician  (Full Time)
Location: Palmer





Who Can Apply

MEA Employees & the General Public

Posting Date

May 22, 2024 3:30PM

Closing Date

Open Until Filled




Union Scale


Union Scale

Union Representation


Hours of Work


Work Location

Palmer, AK



To obtain easements and permits to be used for right-of-way as required by the Association.



1.     Maintains and operates the easement management system, including easement data computer entry, and filing easement paper copies.

2.     Prepares permit applications, develops legal descriptions.  Acquires right-of-way permits from agencies.  Acquires easements from private landowners, organizations, and agencies.

3.     Makes recommendations to Borough and Municipal platting authorities to verify new and confirm existing easement rights as needed.

4.     Prepares and recommends easement releases, encroachment, and non-objection letters according to Association policy and guidance when needed.

5.     Records easement and other right-of-way documents with the state Recorder.

6.     Researches and responds to customer and landowner inquiries related to the Association’s easements and easement rights.

7.     Prepares and assists with the delivery of right-of-way training materials for inter-company use and guidance.

8.     Promote a safety culture in which safety is a value.  This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.  

9.     Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity.  The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.



Qualified candidates are required to have:

-       A high school diploma or equivalent.

-       Six (6) years of relevant progressive experience.

-       An associate degree in engineering, legal studies, environmental sciences, or other relevant field may substitute for two (2) years of the experience requirement.

-       A bachelor’s degree in engineering, legal studies, environmental sciences, or other relevant field may substitute for four (4) years of the experience requirement.

Preference may be given to candidates:

-       With relevant electrical utility experience.

-       Who completed International Right of Way Association (IRWA) educational courses.

Qualified candidates must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record, which is acceptable by the Association’s Driving Policy and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.



·         Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

·         Knowledge and experience researching public records, abstracting land title information to determine accurate ownership and identifying pertinent land interests useful to the Association.

·         Knowledge of mathematics sufficient to compute discount, interest, square footage, acreage, and percentages, as well as being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

·         Knowledge of regulations and ordinances related to right-of-way permits and easements of all public, municipal, and other government agencies.

·         Knowledge of real property descriptions, real estate law, land appraising, surveys, subdivision plats and engineering drawings is essential.

·         Skill in negotiating and developing contracts and other agreements.

·         Skill in communicating professionally with diverse audiences.

·         Skill in Microsoft Office Suite products and any relevant software.

·         Skill in operating a wide variety of office machines, to include facsimile machines, copiers, scanners, etc.

·         Skill in analyzing processes for efficiency and recommend improvements.

·         Skill in effective and professional verbal and written communication.

·         Skill in making well-reasoned decisions.

·         Ability to establish and maintain good professional relationships with federal, state and local officials to support the Associations Right of Way needs and company objectives.

·         Ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting.

·         Ability to work independently and efficiently.

·         Ability to maintain complete confidentiality when needed.

·         Ability to facilitate cooperation between work groups and work functionally across all levels of the organization.

·         Ability to self-motivate improvement based on successes and failures.

·         Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude, and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.



·         The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; this list is not inclusive of all the physical demands that may be required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Physical demand activity percentages:

-         Major occurs 60% or more of work time.

-         Moderate occurs between 20-60% of work time.

-         Minor occurs less than 20% of work time.

·         Physical demand requirements:

-         Ability to understand, read, and carry out written instructions.

-         Ability to understand, read, and verify documents electronically, verbally, or hard copy.

-         Major amount of sitting, handling of items, finger use, feeling/touching of items, eye-hand coordination, communicating, hearing, seeing (near), and depth perception.

-         Moderate amount of standing, walking, and crouching.

-         Minor amount of lifting/carrying/pushing up to ten pounds, climbing stairs/ladders, balancing, kneeling, crawling, turning/twisting, bending at waist, foot-hand-eye coordination, and seeing (far).



·         The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         This position primarily works in an office setting; however, this position may require field work in variable weather conditions.

·         The incumbent must be able to work in variable weather conditions including, but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow, possibly over long periods of time and in darkness, etc.

·         This position is subject to insect bites and stings.



This position is classified as a non-exempt, represented position, and is eligible for overtime compensation based on both Federal and State of Alaska laws.  All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of either (1) unscheduled overtime such as during power restoration activities; or, (2) scheduled overtime required to accomplish special projects.


MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test. Any positive test result or refusal to consent will disqualify an applicant from employment.


MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.


Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance by calling 907-761-9218.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


To apply, please visit by the closing date.

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.

163 East Industrial Way (P.O. Box 2929), Palmer, Alaska  99645

Telephone: (907) 761-9218/ Fax:  (907) 761-9264

MEA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Veterans/Disabled employer.

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