Real Property Specialist I or II

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Until Filled

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is seeking a Real Property Specialist I or II to join our team to acquire and protect open space lands and the natural environment and provide for future public access. If you are a real property professional with an interest in protecting and preserving open space, the position of Real Property Specialist at Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an excellent opportunity.


The District manages a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountains compromised of over 63,000 acres of land and 26 open space preserves, protected for public enjoyment. In 2014, Peninsula voters passed Measure AA, a mandate for District to continue to pursue our mission to acquire and preserve open space land, protect, restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for public access as part of a green-belt system near Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection and outdoor recreation, we invite you to apply for this position! To learn more about the District, visit our website,, and view our “Working for Midpen” video on our Jobs page.


*About the Position: We are seeking to fill one position at this time, at either the I or II level, depending upon candidate qualifications. The Real Property Specialist is a generalist role, and is expected to possess the ability to deal with all aspects of real property transactions and issues. The position is responsible for handling a wide variety of routine to complex professional real property activities including, but not limited to, the following: property acquisitions, easements (execution, interpretation, enforcement, etc.), title research, due diligence investigations, litigation prevention and resolution, encroachments, exchanges and leases.


The ideal candidate will be organized, analytical, and pragmatic with a strong foundation in real estate principles, practices and law. Strong communication, collaboration, interpersonal and problem solving skills are the most critical abilities required for the position. The Real Property Specialist should be familiar with appraisal review and valuation principles, title report interpretation, legal description fundamentals, real property and easement law.


The Real Property Specialist will communicate and collaborate closely with District departments when purchasing property, securing easements, or resolving encroachments. The position will also write Board reports to request approval for real estate transactions, and provide presentations to senior management, the Board of Directors, Board Committees, and constituents at public meetings.


Work Environment:  The Real Property Specialist is part of the Real Property Department at the District’s offices in Los Altos, California. In addition to working in the office and providing project presentations to senior management, the Board of Directors, and Committees, and at public meetings, the Real Property Specialist will often meet property owners and/or District staff in the field and hike through steep terrain and wildland areas. Field work will require driving District vehicles in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and blustery to hot and dry. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.


Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in real estate, real estate law, business administration, or a related field, and at least one (1) year of experience for the Real Property Specialist I or three (3) years of experience for the Real Property Specialist II in real estate that includes significant public contact, preferably with a public agency or land trust.


Licenses & Certifications Required:   

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License

Real Property Specialist II: Successful candidate required to attain Right of Way Certification relevant to position within 18 months of hire (certification is desired, but not required, for Real Property Specialist I).


Salary and Benefits:   Real Property Specialist I annual pay range: $73,641-$91,946. Real Property Specialist II annual pay range: $87,360-$109,102. The District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.


How to Apply:  Apply online at  This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.  The application window may close at any time after this date without additional notice. 


To apply for this exciting career opportunity, the following four application materials are required:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application

2. Resume

3. Letter of Interest

4. Supplemental Question Responses

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.


Recruitment Timeline: To Be Determined




Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department.



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