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Southern Company Land Management Agent I in Naperville, Illinois

Land Management Agent I



Prepare Land investigation materials for various Engineering Design Requests. Researches and checks property titles to determine ownership and existing easement rights. Intermediate – Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline still acquiring higher level knowledge and skills. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.


Functional Expertise:

  • Apply working knowledge of real estate practices and principles including, abstracts, appraisals, conveyances, eminent domain, legal issues, permitting, surveys, title, valuation, and zoning.

  • Perform Real Estate investigations summarizing property ownership, restrictions, and rights. Identify those utility relocation projects where costs should be reimbursable by others.

  • Ensure thorough and accurate documentation is prepared for management of real property – appraisals, easements, licenses, plats of survey. Ensure documentation meets standard legal requirements.

  • Reviews Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) drawings to ensure requirements are met.

  • Identifies agencies requiring permits; communicates permit requirements to Engineers, Project Coordinators and Construction Supervisors.

  • Creates correspondence for permitting process (e.g., exception letters, project revisions, permit applications).

  • Ensure thorough and accurate documentation is prepared for management of real property – appraisals, easements, licenses, permits, plats of survey. Ensure documentation meets standard legal requirements.

Business Acumen:

  • Perform negotiations with landowners for acquiring rights-of-way, real property, and permits.

  • Perform field research at governmental record centers and county recorder offices.

  • Define property right requirements for developers when planning utility infrastructure for new business developments.

  • Documents permit acquisition process (e.g., permits required by various agencies such as state DOT, railroad, city, county; geographic district requirements).

  • Stays current on permit requirement changes.


  • Evaluate and assist in selection of proposed pipeline project routing alternatives. Recommend alternatives that minimize real estate requirements and permitting impacts.

  • Represent the company at public zoning meetings to obtain construction approvals.

  • Review engineering designs and permitting applications to ensure real estate and permit requirements are understood and adequately incorporated into project plans.

  • Execute standardized legal instruments for managing real estate transactions – easements, licenses, purchase agreements.

  • Informs applicable employees of permit changes.

  • Attends quarterly state Department of Transportation (DOT) meetings to learn of future DOT projects that may conflict with utility construction projects or infrastructures.

Driving Results:

  • Process applications for crossings of company right of ways. Engage asset protection, system integrity, legal, and operations when reviewing proposed applications. Communicate crossing requirements to applicants and collect crossing fees.

  • Tracks permit acquisition and land right investigation activities: permits received; permitting fees; issuing agencies; investigation requests; turn-around times.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years college with 5 years real estate experience in pipelines, utilities, transportation, underwriting, title research, government, or similar right of way management experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree- Business, Engineering, Law, Science, Real Estate

Related Work Experience:


  • 2 - 5 years real estate experience


  • 2 - 5 years real estate experience in pipelines, utilities, transportation, government, or similar right of way management experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Strong knowledge of Real Estate practice, principles, and law

  • Excellent communication skills including professional writing ability

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Proficient in MS Office

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions


  • Supervisory experience

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

  • This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking – sometimes in a construction environment.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift 10-25 pounds.

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2003154

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