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Overview

Trinity County
Employment Opportunity

CLERK RECORDER / ASSESSOR / ELECTIONS OFFICE

Appraiser I:
$3,674.73 – $4,466.65 / Month
$21.20 – $25.76 / Month

Appraiser II:
$4,018.99 – $4,885.11 / Month
$23.18 – $28.18 / Hour

This is a full time, benefitted position
Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Definition:

Appraiser I:
Under supervision, to learn the methods and procedures used in gathering and analyzing data for the appraisal of real, business, and personal property; to assist with making field investigations, studies, and appraisals of residential, commercial, and farm properties;  to assist with audits and analysis of business financial records, and to do related work as required.

Appraiser II:

Under direction, to secure and analyze data for the appraisal of real property for ad valorem tax purposes; to appraise businesses and personal property; to audit and analyze accounting, statements, business records, and tax statements; to make field investigations, studies, and appraisals of residential, commercial, and farm properties; to explain appraisal methods, laws, and procedures to the public; to defend challenged appraisals before the Board of Equalization, when necessary; and to do related work as required.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

Appraiser I:
Learns to conduct investigations and analyze data in determining the value of residential, commercial, small commercial, and homogeneous farm properties for tax assessment purposes; learns to examine and audit accounting records, financial records, tax returns, and other documents in connection with the appraisal of business and personal  property; assists with the analysis of depreciation reserves and fixed asset accounts to evaluate depreciation methods and the appropriateness of depreciation reserves for valuation purposes; assists with analysis and evaluation of personal property, such as boats and aircraft for tax assessments; assists with the preparation of defenses and new analyses for challenged appraisals;   assists with inspections and inspects building improvements and changes to determine the effect on property value; inspects exterior and interior of buildings to determine classifications according to standards and examples set forth in appraisal manuals; learns to analyze and determine the quality of materials, fixtures, equipment, and general construction in buildings; measures buildings and computes both total area and improved areas; estimates replacement costs, construction costs, resale value, and other pertinent factors affecting property values; learns to utilize proper judgment in arriving at consistent, equitable appraisals for tax assessment purposes; records factual data and comments on appraisal forms; prepares scale drawings of the location of buildings and improvements in relation to property lines; sketches maps to assist with field locations; assists with the preparation of reports; performs the more routine appraisal assignments on an independent basis as job experience is gained.

Appraiser II:

Conducts investigations and analyzes data in determining the value of residential, commercial, small commercial, and homogeneous farm properties for tax assessment purposes; inspects building improvements and changes to determine the effect on property value; inspects exterior and interior of buildings to determine classifications according to standards and examples set forth in appraisal manuals; examines, analyzes, and determines the quality of materials, fixtures, equipment, and general construction in buildings and improvements; measures buildings and computes both total area and improved areas as required; estimates replacement costs, construction costs, resale value, and other pertinent factors affecting property values; obtains information in interviews with owners, contractors, real estate agents, and others when necessary; combines the variety of elements affecting property value and exercises judgment in arriving at consistent, equitable appraisals for tax assessment purposes; records factual data and comments on appraisal forms; performs roll corrections on properties incorrectly assessed; reviews properties for special exemptions and insures proper valuation of claims; prepares scale drawings of the location of buildings and improvements in relation to property lines; sketches maps to assist with field locations; examines and audits accounting records, financial records, tax returns, and other business records in connection with the appraisal of personal and business property and assets for tax assessment purposes; analyzes information and determines the proper valuation of business property; adjusts the original cost of equipment and fixtures to reflect changes in price levels and depreciation; analyzes depreciation reserves and fixed asset accounts to evaluate depreciation methods and the appropriateness of depreciation reserves for valuation purposes; may collect cost and value data for the preparation of appraisal guides; analyzes and evaluates  personal property such as boats and aircraft for tax assessmentsexplains assessment procedures, value determinations, methods, and laws to the public; prepares analysis and defends challenged assessments before the Board of Equalization, when necessary; prepares reports.

Desirable Qualifications

Appraiser I:
Knowledge of:
Basic principles of land economics. General knowledge of property appraisal principles. General knowledge of principals involved in the appraisal of business and personal property. Accounting and auditing principles and procedures. 

Ability to:
Learn and apply the techniques, methods, and principles of real, business, and personal property appraisal. Assemble and analyze statistical and narrative information. Prepare and maintain records and reports. Make mathematical calculations quickly and accurately. Speak and write effectively.  Understand and carry out oral and written directions. Maintain effective communications and good relations with the public. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Completion of formal advanced educational training in accounting, auditing, business administration or a related field; or, completion of some responsible work experience in accounting, appraising, engineering assistance, building cost estimating, construction material buying, or managing or selling real estate.  

Special Requirements            
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License. Incumbents have one year from the date of appointment in this class to obtain a valid Appraiser’s Certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization.

Appraiser II:
Knowledge of:
Factors, techniques, methods, and principles involved in the appraisal of real, business, and personal property.
Methods of determining property values.
Laws and regulations affecting the appraisal of real property, including pertinent principles
and guidelines contained in the State Constitution, Revenue and Taxation Code,
and Assessor’s Handbook.
Principles of accounting and auditing.
Organization, procedures, and responsibilities of the County Assessors Office.
Ability to:
Apply appraisal principles, methods, and techniques in the equitable and justifiable appraisal of real, business, and personal property.
Properly audit business financial records, accounting statements, and tax returns.
Apply depreciation methods to appraisal data.
Assemble and analyze statistical and narrative information.
Read and interpret maps, assessment books, property descriptions, and legal codes.
Prepare analytical reports.
Make mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.
Speak and write effectively.
Maintain effective communications and good relations with the public and individuals questioning assessment practices and results.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
 
Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of experience in performing property appraisals and value determinations comparable to that of an Appraiser I with the Trinity County Assessors Office. 
 
Special Requirements
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.
Possession of a valid Appraiser’s Certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization.

Supplemental Information

TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; ability to walk in uneven terrain; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computers, telephones, calculators, copiers, and FAX.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: 
Work is performed in both an office and outdoor environments; continuous contact with staff and the public.

Salary Information:
Appraiser I:
$3,674.73 – $4,466.65 / Month
$21.20 – $25.76 / Month

Appraiser II:
$4,018.99 – $4,885.11 / Month
$23.18 – $28.18 / Hour

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/trinitycoca?

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 21.20
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 28.18