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Southern Company Right of Way Specialist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Right of Way Specialist


Transmission Right-of-Way Specialist Job Description


The Right-of-Way Specialist represents Alabama Power Company in the management of transmission rights-of-way within a specific geographic area. The open position is in Tuscaloosa. The position will support the Western Transmission Maintenance Center (TMC) area. The Specialist will work with external customers and internal organizations to address all types of right-of-way encroachment issues, and will work closely with the TMC to resolve access and easement rights issues.


Education Requirements

  • Associates or Bachelor's degree is preferred.

  • Equivalent work experience in the encroachment field is acceptable.

Experience Requirements

  • Suitable experience in reading easements, deeds and surveys is required.

  • Suitable experience in reviewing and drafting construction drawings is required.

  • Experience in managing utility right-of-way encroachments is preferred.

  • Prior experience with a utility company is preferred.

  • Transmission line knowledge is preferred.

  • Experience using applications involving GIS is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of property rights, and a general understanding of transmission, distribution, system operations, and transmission maintenance.

  • Ability to build strong relationships at all levels, including with peers and both internal and external customers.

  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills, as well as strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organizational, analytical, project management and problem solving skills, including the ability to work effectively and efficiently within project timelines and budgets.

  • Proficiency with a computer, including the ability to use Microsoft Office products and various Transmission application systems.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work in outdoor conditions as necessary.

  • Ability to travel throughout the TMC area, as well as occasionally throughout the State, with possible overnight stays.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Behavioral Attributes

  • Must exhibit Our Values:Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

  • Must have a strong belief in and commitment to safety and performing tasks safely.


The Specialist will serve as the local contact for Alabama Power with respect to management of transmission rights-of-way in the Western TMC area. The Specialist will be responsible for the review, approval and permitting of permissible encroachments, and the detection, removal, and prevention of unauthorized encroachments, all in accordance with Alabama Power’s policies and procedures with respect to right-of-way use and encroachments . The Specialist will work closely with the TMC, Construction, and Long Haul Fiber teams to ensure that the Company’s property rights are maintained in such a way to allow for the safe and reliable construction, operation and maintenance of transmission facilities across the TMC area, and will be expected to educate the public on appropriate uses of transmission rights-of-way by p roactively building relationships and attending meetings with government entities, developers, community groups and others with interests in real property. Examples of specific responsibilities include:

  • Review aerial patrol reports and perform inspections in the field to identify and address unpermitted usage of the rights-of-way.

  • Meet with internal and external customers about right-of-way use, review and process use requests, and coordinate review and approval from internal organizations as needed.

  • Prepare customer correspondence, encroachment agreements and other documentation as needed, and ensure that final designs for acceptable encroachments are in accordance with Company guidelines.

  • Review and interpret easements in respect to rights granted, special considerations, and right-of-way restrictions.

  • Serve as Transmission’s point of contact for land sales requests that may impact the Transmission organization.

  • Prioritize and track projects using a departmental database, and prepare a record documenting approved encroachments and completed projects.

  • Assist with storm response within the Southern Company System and assist with off-system restoration efforts as needed.

  • Ensure compliance with APC’s environmental and health and safety guidelines.

  • Manage the Transmission Quit Claim process for APC.

  • Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

  • Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

  • Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Power Line Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-West Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Western Division Office - 915 Queen City Avenue (915TUSCALOOSA)

915 Queen City Avenue

Tuscaloosa, 35401

Req ID: APC2005885

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