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Hanson Professional Services Inc. Land Acquisition Specialist in Indianapolis, Indiana

Land Acquisition Specialist

If you’re looking for a firm that encourages innovative thinking and challenges you every day, with an opportunity to learn and advance, a career at Hanson is right for you. The belief in sustainability within our company’s practices creates a focus on client success and partnerships that are important to our communities and our environment.

At the core of our land acquisition discipline is the desire to be good stewards of our client’s resources, reputation and integrity while balancing the consideration, respect, and privacy. As land acquisition professionals, we negotiate purchases of both fee simple and easement for both public and private sector clients, including relocation, and offer appraisal services in those pursuits.

Hanson Professional Services Inc. is seeking a candidate to fill a full-time land acquisition specialist position in our Infrastructure market in our Indianapolis, IN office, exclusively.

Position Profile

This position requires an organized land acquisition specialist with a proven ability to communicate well and thoroughly document purchase transactions, remaining budget conscious and scope aware. The successful candidate will work directly or indirectly with clients and senior project managers. While primarily a position focused on property negotiations, the candidate will collaborate with peers in the associated areas of appraisal development and relocation. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, self-motivated and can function autonomously while enjoying being part of and a key contributor to the project-team culture. The job generally requires some overtime hours and day travel, with an occasional overnight stay.

A Day in Life of a Land Acquisition Specialist at Hanson

A land acquisition specialist is responsible for the procurement of real property required for use in client projects, both in the private sector and for public agencies. Example clients include Federal, state, and municipal governments and agencies, utility providers, and industrial producers.

In this role you will:

  • Meet with clients, project staff and key internal stakeholders to review the scope of work, assess property acquisition needs and potential purchase obstacles, and timelines.

  • Initiate property owner contact and coordinate on site or virtual meetings to discuss the proposed acquisition with both owner and/or their agents.

  • Function as the negotiating agent and primary Hanson point of contact for the related acquisition throughout the purchase.

  • Function as an appraiser or appraisal trainee for proposed acquisitions.

  • Coordinate or assist the project manager and/or senior appraiser in coordination of required documentation.

  • Maintain a log of all transactions, team and landowner contact and correspondence.

  • Collaborate with engineers, environmental specialists, and other technical professionals to assess, develop, and produce supporting exhibits and documentation required for each acquisition.

  • Attend public meetings and interface with citizens potentially impacted by project acquisitions.

  • Prepare and submit relocation plans.

  • Establish replacement housing payments and prepare relocation claim forms.

  • Provide relocation advisory assistance.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What We’re Looking For

We feel the following qualifications will set you up for success in this role:

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated attention to details.

  • Demonstrated practice of thorough documentation and note-taking.

  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office and basic GIS.

Soft Skills:

  • An ability to communicate complex technical concepts to engineers, clients, and/or public stakeholders.

  • An ability to build effective relationships with internal and external client bases.

  • An ability to work independently and as a team member to problem solve and learn new technical skills.

  • Demonstrated interest in experiencing a variety of assignments.



  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Pre-Law, or an associated field of study to the subject position.

  • Possess five years position-related experience.

  • A demonstrated understanding of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Acts.

  • Possess a working knowledge of real estate nomenclature.

  • An understanding of civil engineering practices.

  • An ability to interpret right of way plans and land title reports.


  • Possess private Department of Transportation and/or municipal, right-of-way negotiation experience.


Our focus on people means we offer a generous benefits program to help you create a solid foundation for health and security throughout your career, including:

Competitive compensation

Performance bonuses

401(k) with matching contribution

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Comprehensive health & well-being plans

Financial wellness plans

Work-life balance programs

Want to know more? Visit our benefits page (http://www.hanson-inc.com/careers/employee-benefits/) for all the details.


We understand that selecting a job is about more than the day-to-day tasks. It’s important to feel like you belong and safe to grow and progress along your career path. You’ll find that at Hanson. We have an inclusive, diverse workforce awaiting to connect with you and numerous opportunities to cultivate your career, including:

Monthly educational webinars

Leadership training

Lunch & learn development sessions

24/7 access to thousands of skill-building courses

Mentorship opportunities

Award-winning internship program

Employee recognition

And so much more!

As employers/governmental contractors, we comply with government regulations, including affirmative action responsibilities where they apply. To assist us in meeting our affirmative action goals, employees are encouraged to refer minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.



We do not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or agencies/staffing firms. Resumes are only accepted from recruiters and agency/staffing firms if a signed agreement is in place at the inception of the recruiting effort and authorized for a specified position.

At Hanson, our people are what distinguishes us.

Hanson is a dynamic, employee-owned consulting firm providing a full range of engineering, scientific, and allied services throughout the United States. With innovative spirit and a drive to continuously improve, our people go the extra mile to give our clients the best possible results.

Those efforts have helped us maintain our status as one of the top firms in the engineering industry. We’re large enough to take on exciting, challenging projects; but small enough to know and inspire each other along the way.