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Douglas County  4510
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PROPERTY APPRAISER TRAINEE
Pay Range GC12

INTRODUCTION

All classifications within this five-level series perform duties supporting valuation appraisal of all 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 trainee-level to the property appraiser series and will be trained to perform 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 required to pass the registered appraiser test and will then be promoted to property appraiser 1.This is a training position and requires a great degree of supervision and review.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

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

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

1. Assist with preparation of maps and aerial photos; inspect, verify and analyze sales for assigned appraisal area. Assist in valuation valuation studies such as time trend analysis, local cost modifier, depreciation schedules, market benchmarks, basic unit land values, base adjustment factors, etc.

2. Assist with physical inspection of 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. Enter data into the department automated system.  Capability to utilize on-line in-field laptops to aid in valuation process.

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

1. Assist with compiling all building permits, computer printouts, notes and accounts for assigned area. Assist with field inspection of properties adjusting values for new construction, segregation, removal of buildings, damage, depreciation, etc. Enter value changes into the departmental CAMA system.

2. Assist with response to requests for value reviews and complaints; explain appraisal process; revalue properties judged inequitable.

Appeals

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

General Duties

1. Assist with interpretation of appraisal facts to the public and explain general procedures of appraisal and assessment. Assist with preparation and maintenance of appraisals, records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy, federal, state, county and local laws, regulations and ordinances.

2. Attend appropriate continuing education courses/workshops.

3. Ability to assist and support all internal departments as needed in all departments as a support as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Basic knowledge of real estate values. Desired Skill in:  computer operation and considerable knowledge of computer software 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; use sound judgment in making decisions; 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; effectively and efficiently manage time to meet deadlines; prepare 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: Three years work experience or education affording knowledge of business administration, land values or a related field. At completion of an approved training period as a property appraiser trainee, certification as a Property Appraiser 1 is required. This qualification is required by the State of Oregon (ORS 308.080). At the time of appointment, must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver's license.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

This classification works with immediate supervision from an appraiser in a higher classification. Work is performed in accordance with established guidelines or procedures. Assignments are given with specific instructions or are routine so that few deviations from established practices are made without checking with supervisor. Work is spot-checked in progress or at completion. Supervisor is available to answer questions.

GUIDELINES

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. Guidelines are followed explicitly with deviation occurring only after consultation with supervisor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

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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