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Land Development Specialist

Minonk, IL, US, 61760 Joplin, MO, US, 64818 Baxter Springs, KS, US, 66713 Baxter Springs, KS, US, 66713 Joplin, MO, US, 64804 Joplin, MO, US, 64801 Joplin, MO, US, 64801

Our purpose is sustaining energy and water for life, and it is demonstrated in everything we do as a business, and as an employee team.

At Liberty, we hire passionate people who care about doing the right thing for our customers. We are entrepreneurial, creative, and outcome-focused. Here, your natural talent and achievements will flourish in an inclusive environment of teamwork, trust and continuous learning. We are always pursuing excellence to exceed our ambitions goals, rewarding both the goal outcome and how we achieve it. 



The role of this position is to assist and interface in the planning for Liberty Power Company's  (LPCo), primarily supporting the overall land acquisition efforts for major renewable projects from origination through development with hand over to construction. This position will be accountable for securing all land tenure on required land, including supporting public outreach, community relations and associated regulatory applications. The employee in this role requires strong interpersonal, relationship building, and negotiation skills as they will be interfacing with various stakeholders day-to-day, while traveling between 50%-85% of their time.  The role will be active in all aspects of origination, development, and construction. 

The Land Development Specialist is accountable for the prioritization and deployment of tasks and resources with a clear view to secure land and broader stakeholder support for multiple projects ongoing in parallel. The Land Development Specialist will prioritize, initiate, evaluate and complete all significant steps, in partnership with the Senior Manager, Land and Stakeholders as well as the Director, Project Planning and Permitting, to ensure overall business development goals are met on schedule and on budget.



  • On assigned projects, travel to project areas and lead the execution and securing of required land packages for the project, using both internal and external resources
  • Proactively approach developing relationships, finding information, and addressing challenges
  • On certain assigned projects, lead land agents to act in the same capacity when work-load demands or logistics require 3rd party services
  • Meet and/or communicate with existing landowners and stakeholders to maintain/build relationships with Liberty Power, including documenting all landowner interactions and commitments to ensure a supported transition into construction and operations
  • Build initiatives to demonstrate to communities that Liberty originates, develops, contructs and operates renewable projects, leading to short-term and long-term benefits to stakeholders and communities
  • Proactively identify and manage opportunities and risks
  • Maintenance of thorough records, to support application processes and potential legal challenges    
  • Ability to draft, review, and amend contracts for the land and permitting teams
  • Leadership in building in-house knowledge and the continuous improvement of processes for the Land Acuistion team (eg learning new regulatory requirements where Liberty enters new businesses or regions)
  • Develop and coordinate ‘hand over’ plans to guide transition of project from orignation to development, and development to construction, in regards to land acquisition rights obtained, and property owner commitments and communications
  • In partnership with permitting and planning team, provide assistance as required to; manage the land zoning security for new development packages; research applicable regulations, prepare re-zoning applications, meeting municipal staff, elected council officials, and defending and expediting applications
  • Provide recommendations for execution and improvements as well as supporting community building events with local stakeholders and landowners
  • Collaborate with the permitting and planning team to investigate and recommend new land agents in the new development jurisdictions for LPCo
  • Any similar and/or related duties as requested from time to time
  • Upon assignment, support due diligence tasks associated with property and land agreements
  • Provide support to Public Relations firms as applicable

Education and Experience


  • Ability to travel (Canada and the United States) more than 50%-85% of the time
  • Good knowledge of the various legal and commercial aspects of land tenure, specifically related to the renewable power generation industry required, (leases, rental agreements, royalty payments, easements, land registry, deeds and title insurance etc.)
  • Skills – reviewing, reading, editing land and option agreements, leases, easements, etc., report writing, team-work and collaboration
  • Experienced in community engagement and stakeholder relations
  • Key relationship building skills and time management
  • Minimum Qualifications – 3 years of experience with project development and real estate
  • Minimum Qualifications – valid driver’s license and passport with ability to travel internationally as required

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is a growing renewable energy and utility company with over $15 billion of assets across North America and internationally.

For more than 30 years, Algonquin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our regulated utility services and renewable energy business groups into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Through our operating business (Liberty), we provide regulated electricity, water, and natural gas utility services to over 1 million customer connections, primarily in North America. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represent over 3 GW of renewable generation capacity in operation and under construction.

With our robust, diversified, and growing presence in communities across North America and internationally, we are continually demonstrating our “Think Global,  Act Local” business model.

What we offer

Company funded Pension program

401k with Company match

Full insurance benefits (health/dental/vision/life)

Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

Share purchase/match plan

Defined Contribution savings plan

Top Talent Program

Volunteer paid days off

Employee Assistance Program

Achievement fund

Free parking, including free electrical charging


We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  If you are excited about this role and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

Nearest Major Market: Bloomington IL

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