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State of Wyoming
Full Time
Cheyenne, WY
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Description and Functions

Open Until Filled

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is seeking a full-time Appraiser to work for the Right of Way Program. This position assures individual landowner rights are protected while meeting the needs and goals of the Department to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the public. Cheyenne is a steadily growing community along the Front Range but still true to the history of the Old West. The city offers nearby access to mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. Wyoming is one of only seven states with no state income tax.

Human Resource Contact: 307-777-4467
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.

  • Prepares and submits written evaluation reports on projects that require applying theory and techniques of the Direct Sales Comparison, Cost and Income Approaches to value
  • Researches areas in the State of Wyoming for real estates market data such as comparable sales, rents, property leases, subdivision analysis, capitalization rates, absorption rates, comparable rents, development costs, and any other data needed in completing the appraisal
  • Provides information and assistance to the public regarding agency appraisal policies and procedures
  • Attends a variety of meetings, including public hearings, staff meetings, and plan inspections meetings
  • Meets directly with landowners or their representatives regarding construction impacts on their properties, explains the appraisal process, and an overview of right of way acquisition function within the Wyoming Department of Transportation
  • Serves as the first contact with a Landowner and works with them to constructively solve problems and anticipate and diffuse any potential issues before the acquisition phase of the project
  • Compiles comparable property data, including sales, listings, offerings, vacancies, cost and depreciation, income and expenses, capitalization rates, etc.
  • Inspects subject properties and comparable with various land uses to determine how the elements of comparison affect the overall valuation of the properties.
  • Determines the highest and best use of the subject properties taking into account the current use and ideal use. Interpret legal real property conveyances and agreements
  • Ensures compliance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and federal and state appraisal guidelines
  • Researches county records for local market data and landowner property information
  • Consults with the area WYDOT Resident Engineer and Right of Way Project Manager to develop project cost estimates, including acquisition, relocation, and labor needed to clear projects for construction
  • Testifies in court as an official expert witness and provides consultation to state attorneys as requested
  • Determines possible damages and acquires cost to cure estimates from local builders and contractors.
  • Determines the difference between owner and tenant improvements
  • Acquires right of way for highway and related purposes



Preference may be given to candidates with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Economics, Real Estate, Agricultural, or Business with 2 to 4 years of progressive work experience in highway transportation, real estate, acquisition, or appraisal services.

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and written with a variety of people, including lawyers, appraisers, judges, city council members, mayors, county commissioners, corporation management, and various cultural differences
  • Ability to negotiate alternative resolutions that meet department and landowner objectives
  • Knowledge of the principles of property valuation, statistics, and economics
  • Knowledge of building construction
  • Ability to evaluate real property and the effects of highway projects on their value
  • Knowledge of the rules, regulations, and laws governing land transactions, water rights law, land surveying, eminent domain law, real estate laws, agriculture and business practices, irrigation, developing engineering plans, zoning, building codes, subdivisions laws, and mapping


Bachelor's Degree Experience: 0-1 year of progressive work experience (typically in real estate, appraisal, acquisition, or title work) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Lands Management Specialist I OR
Education & Experience Substitution:
3-4 years of progressive work experience (typically in real estate, appraisal, acquisition, or title work) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Lands Management Specialist I Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

Necessary Special Requirements


  • Must possess and maintain a current driver's license for moderate/frequent travel.


  • FLSA: Non-Exempt
  • E-Verify: WYDOT uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
  • The Wyoming Department of Transportation is a Drug-Free Workplace.

Supplemental Information

045-Department of Transportation - WYDOT-Engineering & Planning - Right of Way

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.

URL: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA, and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities
Class Specifications are subject to change; please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

There are many benefits to living and working in Wyoming. Beautiful country with wide-open spaces and clean air, great recreational opportunities, and no State income tax to mention a few! In addition, the State of Wyoming offers State employees a very generous benefits package. Please click here for more information on the State of Wyoming employee benefits*.

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