Expert Land Consultant, San Ramon, CA

Concord, California
07 Oct 2016
19 Oct 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time

Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, "Together, Building a Better California" is not just a slogan. It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Land Management (LM) organization is responsible for providing land surveying, land rights and acquisition services in support of gas/electric transmission and distribution projects. Other LM responsibilities include the oversight and management of PG&E land assets which include fee properties and various land entitlements. PG&E owns nearly 200,000 acres of land spread across 48 California counties, from Shasta County on the north to Kern County on the south. The company is one of the largest private property owners in the state, and in addition manages thousands of acres of right-of-way easements for gas and electric facilities.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the integration of LM project activities supporting primarily the Major Greenfield Portfolio (MGP). You will work and coordinate with other land and environmental stakeholders in supporting the successful delivery in MGP milestones. You will organize project delivery strategies and communicate to all levels of the organization updates on critical milestone delivery.

You must be able to travel at least 30% of the time.


- 10 years of technical project experience and/or experience in working with local, state, and federal agencies on land issues OR 5 years of land experience at senior level at PG&E - Bachelor's degree in business, environmental resources, engineering, land use, or related field
Advanced degree (MA, MS, or PhD) in applicable field; or successful completion of a minimum of 30 units/credits of coursework in a relevant field such as Land Use and Environmental Planning or Project Management; or lead author of published articles in peer review journals; or leadership role in a land related area of expertise
- Licensed Land Surveyor (LLS) designation, Professional Engineer (PE) designation, Senior Rights of Way Agent (SR/WA) designation, or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification; may be waived if your area of land expertise does not have a designation or certification

- Experience as lead on multiple large and complex company projects that are "high profile" in nature and carry political or other risks for the company.
- Good independent judgment and excellent problem solving abilities.
- Demonstrated ability to apply extensive subject matter expertise in the development of department strategy.
- Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus through dialog regarding project objectives and commitments.
- Strong strategic planning skills and the ability to assess situations from a multifunctional, cross-process perspective to arrive at optimum solutions.
- Thorough knowledge, backed by experience, of all facets of land surveying, acquisition, and land rights.
- Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective witness in administrative or judicial proceedings.


- Develop, manage and oversee the activities of assigned LM project work through coordination of matrix resources. Ensure all active projects are reviewed on a regularly scheduled basis. Assess project schedule and budget performance and take appropriate initiatives to ensure actual costs stay within agreed upon estimates and delivery schedules.
- Organize, maintain, and manage project status review and the utilization of Clarity/SAP.
- Make presentations within and outside PG&E.
- Serve as a witness in administrative or judicial proceedings such as CPUC hearings regarding matters of PG&E policy or experience.
- Conceive of or contribute to the development of new techniques or approaches to technical issues, and shares such approaches throughout the industry as appropriate.