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Performs routine to complex accounting work related to the preparation and maintenance of accounting records, audit work in the recording and reporting of financial transactions; monitoring of budgets; monitoring compliance with state and federal grant requirements; prepares financial statements and reports, and provides assistance to departments regarding financial or accounting matters; performs related work as assigned.  Incumbents are assigned exclusively in the Auditor/Clerk’s Office and as such may also pick up Deputy Clerk duties.

Supports the Mission of the County and its elected and appointed officials. Provides courteous and timely service to the public. Works cooperatively with other county employees.


The Accountant/Auditor I is an entry-level class in the professional Accountant/Auditor series.  Initially, under close supervision, incumbents perform the more routine accounting duties while learning County and departmental policies and procedures and becoming familiar with departmental systems and practices.  As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision.  Incumbents may advance to the higher levels after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency that meets the qualifications for the higher-level classes.


  • Perform varied professional accounting and auditing duties related to the preparation, maintenance, and review of County financial records and reports.
  • Interprets and applies all county accounting and auditing policies, generally accepted accounting principles, and all rules and regulations of governmental accounting across multiple functions.
  • Includes reviews of accounting and financial documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and makes correcting entries; examines supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with contracts and other agreements, policies, and appropriate regulations.
  • Prepares budget transfers and implements such transfers after approval by the Board of Supervisors and/or Administration.
  • Perform cash and fixed asset reconciliations with the Treasury and other responsible County departments; research discrepancies and prepare journal entries as required.
  • Monitor fiscal and program activity on grant-funded projects and programs; gather data, complete reports, and file as required by the granting authority.
  • Prepare miscellaneous journal entries as required.
  • Conduct research projects and special financial analyses as assigned; prepare periodic financial reports and summaries.
  • Advises and assists a variety of fiscal officers, analysts, and accounting staff in other departments.
  • Prepares payroll documentation and reviews leave balances for the combined departments.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
  • May also perform Deputy Clerk duties as required


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to satisfactorily perform the job’s essential duties and responsibilities.


Knowledge of:

  • Basic theories and practices of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.
  • Generally accepted accounting and auditing principles.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • Basic mathematical principles as applied to accounting, auditing, and financial record keeping and analysis

Ability to:

  • Learn to interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Assist in budget monitoring and control.
  • Participate in the preparation of a variety of financial statements and reports.
  • Reconcile accounts.
  • Operate a calculator and office computer equipment.
  • Examine and verify financial documents.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Some professional-level accounting experience is desirable.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field.

Required to:

  • Support the vision and mission of the county and its elected and appointed officials.
  • Provide courteous and timely customer service to the public as the ultimate employers.
  • Provide courteous and timely customer service to other county departments and work cooperatively with other county employees.
  • Adhere to the Modoc County Code of Safe Practices


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform essential duties. 

Strength and mobility to lift and/or maneuver up to 50 lbs.  Mobility to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment.  Stamina to remain seated and maintain concentration for an extended period.  Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen for prolonged periods.  Hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

To Apply: Please contact the Modoc County Auditor’s Department, 108 E. Modoc St., Alturas, CA 96101, call (530) 233-6204, or visit

Modoc County is an EOE.

Minimum Education and Experience

Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Salary: $3,229 - $4,121 per month