Department: Engineering
Job ID: 2283

Appraiser (Property Acquisition Specialist)

Are you a certified general appraiser?   Do you have experience with government real estate appraisals and acquisitions? Are you familiar with eminent domain procedures for public utilities?   If so, Denver Water has place for you!

Hiring Salary Range (annual):  $6,408.13/mo (min) - $8,010.60 (mid)
Type of Position: Full-Time, 40 hrs/week
Location of position: Denver Water’s Admin Bldg. (1600 W 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80204)

Opening Date:  April 5, 2017
Closing Date:   May 1, 2017

To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a completed Denver Water application. Applications will be accepted until April 19th or until a sufficient number are received. Denver Water reserves the right to end a posting earlier than indicated, so don’t delay!

Position Summary:

The Property Management Section within the Engineering Division at Denver Water is looking for an Appraiser-Property Acquisition Specialist to join their team! This position is a subject matter expert that manages the process through which real estate is acquired or disposed. Manage technical matters associated with property such as zoning changes, entitlements, land planning, leasing, and curing title defects. Prepare various types of real estate agreements, deeds, and appraisal reports, including the review of independent appraisal reports prior to litigation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Investigate problems and prepare reports relating to land or right-of-way acquisition, property management, property records, and cost of acquisition estimates.

  • Recommend purchases or initiation of eminent domain proceedings. Participate in the execution of proper legal documents for purchase or sale after Board approval.

  • Facilitate required property entitlement process for property re-development, change in use, vacant land development, and surplus property disposition.

  • Facilitate land exchanges with the Bureau of Land Management or the USDA Forest Service.

  • Ensure statutory and regulatory guidelines and procedures are followed and all historical studies are filed.

  • Determine the status of real estate titles, checking for agreements, grants, bargains, sales, liens, taxes, assessments, and encumbrances of record.

  • Work with the Legal Division, county personnel, and title companies to establish clear title, and appear as a witness in court in eminent domain proceedings.

  • Investigate and recommend settlement of damage claims arising out of departmental operations.

  • Analyze, appraise, and recommend actions regarding the disposal of surplus real estate. Handle disposal details, investigate and adjust complaints related to acquisition or disposal.

  • Assist in supervising the work of departmental and outside appraisers.

  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Economics, Real Estate or a related field.

  • Minimum 6 years of related work experience.

  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Licenses, Registration, and Certification:

  • Certified General Appraiser License.

  • Possession of a standard driver’s license (ability to obtain within 1 month of hire) required.

  • May require HIPAA Training.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Negotiation.

  • Organization and coordination.

  • Verbal and written communication.

  • Research.

  • Management and oversight.


Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.4 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs.  Denver Water aspires to be the best water utility in the nation.  The organization is a responsible steward of the resources, assets and natural environment entrusted to us in order to provide a high-quality water supply, a resilient and reliable system, and excellent customer service.

Denver Water offers excellent benefits that include a pension plan, a 401K Plan with 3% match, a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Health and Dental coverage, Life Insurance, and vacation/holiday/sick leave.  A background check will be conducted to verify information submitted on application.  Additionally, all positions for Denver Water require a Worker’s Compensation Background check. .

Denver Water is an equal opportunity employer. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, military status, or marital status in making employment or business decisions. It also prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace or in its dealings with the public. The organization encourages and welcomes diversity of backgrounds in its workforce. Denver Water complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).


Recruiting contact: Valarie Nealey
1600 W. 12th Ave., Denver, CO. 80204-3412

  • Denver Water will not accept or consider applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or dropped off at our office.
  • No resumes will be accepted unless they are attached to an online application.
  • Employment applications are accepted for current openings only.

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