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Douglas County  4540
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Pay Range GC14


All classifications within this four-level series perform duties supporting valuation appraisal of real property at a fair and accurate market value for the assessment of ad valorem taxes in accordance with the laws of Oregon. This classification is entry-level to the property appraiser series and performs standardized appraisals of urban, rural, personal or commercial property to establish a fair and accurate value upon which taxes will be assessed. Incumbents determine valuation of property through data collection and analysis, update assessment information and assist in preparation of appraisal appeals. Incumbents work under the supervision of an appraiser of a higher classification. After initial training period, employee will be expected to conduct property appraisals of increasing difficulty; however, a supervisor is available when unusual problems or circumstances occur.

This classification is distinguished by performing standard appraisals requiring a greater degree of supervision and review given to appraisal work.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

Reappraisal Cycle. Valuation of a given portion of the County through data collected and analyzed.

1. Prepare maps and aerial photos; inspect, verify and analyze sales for assigned appraisal area.

2. Assist in pre-appraisal studies such as time trend analysis, local cost modifier, depreciation schedules, market benchmarks, basic unit land values, base adjustment factors, etc.

3. Physically inspect buildings and land to determine market value; observe construction type and quality to classify buildings and assign appropriate costs; observe physical, functional and economic factors and apply appropriate accrued depreciation.

4. Enter data into the department automated system.

Maintenance Cycle. County-wide check for changes made to property which affect the valuation of property.

1. Compile all building permits, computer printouts, notes and accounts for assigned area.

2. Field inspect properties adjusting values for new construction, segregation, removal of buildings, damage, depreciation, etc.

3. Enter value changes into the department automated system.

4. Respond to requests for value reviews and complaints; explain appraisal process; revalue properties judged inequitable.


Assist in the preparation of presentations to the board of property tax appeals, department of revenue, small claims court and tax courts.

General Duties

1. Interpret appraisal facts to the public and explain procedures of appraisal and assessment.

2. Prepare and maintain appraisals, records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy, federal, state, county and local laws, regulations and ordinances.

3. Attend appropriate continuing education courses/workshops.


Knowledge of: Reasonable knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of property appraisal; basic knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes and Department of Revenue guidelines, laws, rules, regulations and ordinances relating to appraisal; basic knowledge of local zoning/planning regulations as related to property values; basic knowledge of general building construction, zoning and planning regulations as it relates to property values. Skill in: Performing mathematical and statistical calculations; operation of office equipment including calculator, camera, copy machine, microfiche reader and automated equipment and systems; reading aerial photos and maps; use of reference manuals for valuation purposes; writing clear and concise records, reports and statistical data. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; perform research; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; make sound judgment in making decisions regarding property values; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; gather and analyze sales data and compile into meaningful reports; establish and maintain records and statistical data; understand and interpret deeds, legal property descriptions and maps; work independently, effectively and efficiently manage time to meet deadlines; prepare and present reports; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, property owners, boards, courts, real estate and title companies, other agency representatives, fee appraisers, private agencies, businesses, professionals and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in business administration, forestry, agriculture, engineering or a related field OR an Associate's degree in property appraisal, real estate technology OR three years experience in land values OR three years of responsible experience affording knowledge equivalent to Bachelor's degree in above fields OR satisfactory completion of an approved two-year training period as a property appraiser trainee. The above qualifications are required by the State of Oregon (ORS 308.010) to apply for certification as a Property Appraiser 1. Certification is required by this position. At the time of appointment, must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification works with supervision from an appraiser in a higher classification. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Work is assigned orally or in writing and incumbent is responsible for completing day to day work within established deadlines. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is spot checked for completeness, accuracy and conformance to policy and procedure. Employee independently performs standard appraisals and assists and supports appraisers with more complex appraisals.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, procedures and ordinances; department of revenue guidelines; cost factor manuals; appraisal principles and practices and various reference manuals. Any interpretations of guidelines is based on knowledge of basic principles and practices of property appraisal and real property law.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in the office and in the field and may require bending, climbing, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 30 pounds, walking rough terrain, pushing, pulling and reaching. Work performed in the field is in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is typically required.

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