Kinder Morgan Specialist - Right of Way in MIDLAND, Texas

Specialist - Right of Way

Job ID #: 16911



Functional Area:


Position Type:

Full Time

Experience Required:

1 - 3 Years

Relocation Provided:


Education Required:

High School Diploma



Position Description

Kinder Morgan CO2 Company is seeking a Right of Way Specialist for the Transportation group. The Transportation group includes 500 miles of CO2 pipelines from Cortez, CO into New Mexico and in West Texas.The Transportation group also includes 300 miles of pipelines used for Crude deliveries from Snyder, Texas and McCamey Texas into El Paso, Texas.The successful candidate will serve a vital role of making sure ROW damage prevention is being maintained in a safe and efficient manner.

The Right of Way (ROW) Specialist is tasked with the administration of ROW damage prevention and associated ROW line locating activities, including the oversight of daily activities, matters, and training pertaining to ROW personnel. The ROW Specialist must ensure and verify that all ROW personnel understand and follow all established Kinder Morgan policies, as well as all associated Federal and State regulations. The ROW Specialist provides technical expertise and direct support for and assessment of ROW personnel, including participation in the development and delivery of training, as well as qualifying personnel. The ROW Specialist assists in the development of various ROW-related agreements, as well as handles complex situations involving ROW encroachments. Additional responsibilities include oversight of certain ROW maintenance projects, as well as certain capital and maintenance improvement projects.

Position job title will be assigned, depending on the qualifications, skill sets and experience of the successful candidate.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical expertise to Management and ROW personnel.

  • Assess the competence of ROW personnel, including both evaluation of ROW personnel’s understanding of associated procedures and performance of associated duties. This will be accomplished by conducting periodic formal, supervisory ride-alongs as well as through day-to-day interfacing and associated evaluation of ROW personnel.

  • Maintain working knowledge of regulatory (RRC, DOT, OSHA, etc.) requirements and industry standards (e,g, API, Common Ground Alliance) and recommended practices, and Kinder Morgan standards and practices associated with damage prevention; integrates new requirements into the maintenance and protection of pipelines.

  • Act as liaison between HQ departments and the field concerning:

  • Technical aspects of DOT/OSHA/Industry compliance

  • Equipment selection and specifications

  • Abnormal field conditions encountered by ROW personnel, Inspect ROW condition, pipelines, valves and appurtenances, as well as assess adequacy of line marking as appropriate.

  • Determine long term needs for development of personnel and make recommendations to Management regarding staffing and individual qualifications.

  • Participate in decisions regarding KM's ROW and cross-country pipelines, (e.g. development agreements, easement forms, pond agreements, crossing agreements, applicable technical standards).

  • Review and ensure completeness, accurateness and legibility of all logs, Flight Tracker information, reports and documentation generated and/or received/handled by ROW personnel.

  • Ensure ROW personnel are properly trained, understand and follow KM’s damage prevention and line locating procedures.

  • Review pre-job conferences, meetings with outside agents, underground contractors, utility personnel, etc.

  • Plan, coordinate and/or make presentations on behalf of KM at periodic public seminars related to ROW matters.

  • Attend all Public Awareness/education meetings for Source & Transportation groups.

  • Schedule and lead annual DPO meetings for Source & Transportation assets.

  • Oversee ROW file administration.

  • Audit KMOC One call exception report and explain.

  • Update Weekly One call numbers.

  • Update monthly graphs for OMS meeting.

  • Schedule and lead emergency drills in all Source & Transportation Districts.

  • Coordinate and support ROW personnel on complex matters associated with construction projects and utilities/foreign line crossings which encroach on Kinder Morgan ROW.

  • Assist with the development, updating and delivery of training. Assess ongoing training needs of ROW personnel. Recommend to and work with Management in obtaining required internal and external training for personnel performing ROW protection and maintenance.

  • Provide technical expertise and support for OQ-covered tasks involving ROW and damage prevention. Also, conduct, assess/oversee and track OQ requirements for ROW personnel.

  • Maintain daily log of activities.

  • Renew contracts with air patrol companies and check OQ qualification of pilots.

  • Participate in investigations for encroachments and line strikes.

  • Consistently maintain and demonstrate a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets, employees, and the general public.

Position Requirements


  • High school Diploma or equivalent required.

Experience / Specific Knowledge:

  • Must have thorough knowledge of KMOC, ROW and pipeline damage prevention policies and procedures, damage maintenance, a minimum of 3-5 years hands-on related experience specific to the pipeline industry, be familiar with pipeline locating equipment and materials, and be current with new technologies and their possible applications to KM’s operating systems.

Certification, licenses, registrations:

  • A satisfactory driving record as determined by the Company and a current, valid State driver's license are required.

  • If the employee is subject to license or certification requirements or training as stipulated by local, state or federal agencies or the Company, now or in the future, compliance is required under this job description.

Competencies, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, including monitoring project and employee work schedules and evaluating the performance of ROW personnel.

  • Well-balanced interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communications skills are required.

  • Must be able to develop and deliver presentations to both internal and external groups.

  • Proficiency with computer applications, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, and Outlook.

  • Must be accountable and take direction from Managers; keep required work schedules, which include regular and predictable job attendance; focus attention on details; follow work rules.

  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks are essential.

  • Must be a problem solver with the ability to find resolutions.

  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision and/or direction.

  • Must be flexible and able to work effectively in a team environment and consistently maintain a professional and respectful demeanor/attitude with co-workers, clients, vendors, and regulatory agencies.

  • Requires tact and diplomacy in dealing with outside parties which must also be balanced by standing firm when company personnel, property or equipment needs to be protected.

Physical demands:

  • Employee must be physically capable of completing and satisfying all training requirements as stipulated by local, state or federal agencies and/or Company Policy.

  • Exposure to smells and fumes associated with refined petroleum products.

  • Walk long distances, including to remote areas where footing may be unsteady.

  • Dig with a hand shove and probe to locate pipe, which requires good physical strength; constant hand, arm and leg movements, often for extended periods.

Working Conditions:

  • Must carry a cell phone and be able and willing to respond at any hour of the day or night to all after hours and/or weekend and holiday issues, including emergency situations. This includes being in possession of required equipment and tools, designated forms, policies, regulations, and manuals.

  • Extended hours required in emergencies, on projects and/or other related circumstances at unspecified frequency.

  • Work is both inside and outside, completely dependent on need and location. Incumbent will be exposed to both hot and cold climates and will be required to work in both desert and rainy environments.

  • Travel to remote areas within the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas that may involve extended periods of driving, both on and off road and could involve exposure to electrical shock, very difficult terrain, traffic hazards, snakes, spiders and other crawling and flying insects, cuts, bruises, etc.

  • Must be willing and able to drive a 4-wheel vehicle throughout assigned region and other locations for several hours a day (up to 90% of the time) as required in order to perform job duties. Must be able to drive pipeline right-of-way without accidents or equipment damage.

  • Climatic conditions are determined by location assignment and may include severe seasonal changes including both winter conditions with frequent snow or extreme summer heat and sun, depending upon geographic location.

  • Overtime required and extended work hours in cases of emergencies.

  • Extended periods of sitting may be required for administrative activities.

Supervisory responsibility:

  • The ROW Specialist will not directly supervise others, but will lead, guide and coordinate activities with various employees, contractors and others as appropriate.

Preferred education, experience, certifications, competencies, skills, and abilities (above the minimum requirement; not required but advantageous in this position):

  • Two year degree from a Technical School or a Bachelor’s degree in a Technical field.

  • DOT Title 49, Part 195.

  • Practices, principles, procedures, regulations, and techniques as they relate to all functional areas.

  • Knowledge of cathodic protection.

  • Knowledge of piping, valves and pressures.


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