Appraiser I

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Miscellaneous



DEFINITION Under general supervision, performs a variety of professional commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural appraisals for taxation purposes; performs related work as assigned. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is a multi-level class in which incumbent may be assigned to any of three levels, depending upon proficiency gained and responsibilities delegated. The work involves appraisal of a variety of real property for taxation purposes. Initially, incumbents work under close supervision while learning the skills to become state certified. Once certification and the requisite experience is achieved, incumbents may advance to the II level in the series. At the III level, the most complex commercial and industrial appraisals are performed. This class is distinguished from Principal Appraiser in that the latter is the lead level in this series, responsible for providing work direction of professional and support staff. It is further distinguished from the Auditor/Appraiser series in that the latter audits the financial records of various businesses in addition to appraising personal property. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES * Appraises industrial, commercial, residential and/or agricultural properties for taxation purposes. * Analyzes, interprets and documents all required information to produce equitable and justifiable property appraisals for industrial, commercial, residential and/or agricultural properties. * Conducts field inspections of property sites to collect and verify property data. * Interviews property owners and other relevant parties to obtain and verify property data. * Reads and interprets a variety of maps and aerial photographs to ascertain boundaries and condition of industrial, commercial, residential and/or agricultural properties. * Reviews and interprets accounting records to ascertain gross and net income for capitalization into an estimate of value. * Allocates appropriate value to different portions of property parcels based on topography, vegetation, soil use and capability of use. * Adjusts property values for property splits based on allocated values of subject properties. * Acts as information source to property owners and other interested parties at the public counter and over the telephone; explains appraisal and appeal procedures to the taxpayers. * Compiles and organizes Assessor Office records for presentation at Board of Equalization hearings; attends and presents information in such hearings. * Determines taxable value of property and makes corrections to tax rolls. * Prepares and maintains detailed appraisal work papers; prepares written summary of appraisal procedures and findings. * Maintains accurate records and files. QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: * Principles and practices of property appraisal for tax Assessment purposes. * California Revenue and Taxation Code governing the appraisal of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural properties. * Business computer applications related to the work. * Techniques for dealing with the public, often where relations may be strained. * Office administrative practices and procedures. Skill in: * Analyzing, interpreting and verifying appraisal data. * Applying appropriate methods, practices, procedures and regulations in commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property appraisal. * Assigning accurate and equitable fair market value to property for taxation purposes. * Organizing and prioritizing work and meeting critical deadlines. * Maintaining accurate records and files. * Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials. * Exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines. * Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Other Requirements: Must possess a valid California driver's license. An Appraiser II and Appraiser III must possess and maintain a valid appraisal certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization (R and T Code section 670 and subsequent sections). An Appraiser I must obtain a valid appraisal certificate within the one year of employment (R and T Code section 673). Must be able to traverse rugged terrain and mountainous areas of the County on foot. Desirable Education and Experience: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is: Appraiser I: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, real estate or a closely related field. WORKING CONDITIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CalPERS Retirement * Tier I: Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7 @ 55 * Tier II: Post 7/6/2012: 2.0 @ 55 * Tier III: Post 1/1/2013: 2.0 @ 62 Selection Procedure The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations. A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience. Policy of Nondiscrimination The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance. The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible. How to Apply A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing. It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess. Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only. MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment. OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation. LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period. EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status. The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible. All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.

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