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The Calaveras County Assessor’s Office is seeking an Appraiser III to join their team. Apply Now! Position is open until filled.
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Apply Now! Position is open until filled. 


2% COLA effective January 5, 2019

Salary: $24.84 - $30.17

Range: 7550

Job Type:  Full - Time

Job Status:  Permanent

Unit:  SEIU

FLAS:  Non-Exempt

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The Calaveras County Assessor’s Office is seeking an Appraiser III to join their team. This position is full time, with a work schedule of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. and comes with an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, a CalPERS pension and much more. There will be a practical exam and panel interview for this opportunity.

Incumbents will be expected to appraise all property types including, but not limited to, income-producing property.  The assignment requires knowledge of appraisal methodology as it relates to valuing property for property tax purposes, knowledge of applicable computer technology, and pertinent Revenue and Taxation Codes.  All incumbents will be expected to perform tasks necessary to appraise real or personal property, as assigned.  This will include making field inspections to measure and inventory property, interviewing real estate professionals, obtaining and analyzing data for the appraisal of real and personal property, inputting data into the County’s Automated Property Tax System, defending value conclusions in appeal hearings, maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work, and such other duties as may be assigned. Mileage reimbursement is available for off-site trainings.    



This is the advanced level position within the series.  Incumbents are responsible for the more complex technical assignments and work with greater independence from close review.  Incumbents may assist in training and guiding subordinates.


  • Make general investigations and analyzes data in the appraisal of real property.
  • Makes field studies and appraisals of residential, commercial and farm properties.
  • Gathers information and measures and plots land and improvements.
  • Collects, analyzes and tabulates sales, rentals and construction costs of properties.
  • Makes and verifies computations involved in cost estimating of properties.
  • Makes and verifies computations involved in cost estimating and appraising.
  • Appraises commercial, large rural, residential and other large or unusual properties whose appraisal involves unique or more difficult problems.
  • Investigate and analyze data in appraisal of difficult commercial, industrial, rural, residential or timber appraisals.
  • Assists in training and instructing lower classes in the appraisal series.
  • Inspect land and improvement changes to determine effect on value.
  • Obtain information from interviews with owners, contractors, real estate agents and others.
  • Combines various elements affecting land values and exercise judgment in arriving at equitable and consistent property value judgments.
  • Prepare verbal and written reports and make recommendations based on complaints concerning appraisals.


Knowledge of:

Real property appraisal for tax assessment purposes; common methods of describing real property; methods of making depreciation studies; principles and practices of public administration, time management and workload distribution; effect of economic trends and conditions affecting real property values.


Skill to:

Read and interpret blueprints, maps and property descriptions; exercise sound judgments in the development, analysis and evaluation of appraisal information; analyze situations accurately and adopt and effective course of action; analyze complex appraisal and assessment systems and assist in improvement of same; establish and maintain cooperative relations with taxpayers and other contacted; prepare correspondence and reports. 


Education, Training and Experience:

Equivalent to completion of a four year degree from an accredited college or university in business, real estate or a related field.


Incumbents must be an Advanced Certified Property Tax Appraiser by the State Board of Equalization, have five years’ experience appraising property for property tax purposes, and have completed the following courses or their equivalent:


Course 52 – Valuation of Restriction (Open Space) land (and its prerequisites)

Course 56 – Advanced Sales Comparison and Income Capitalization.


In addition, incumbent must have two years’ experience appraising income-producing properties and show a demonstrated competency appraising those property types.         


Licenses, Certificates, or Registrations:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Incumbents appointed that the Appraiser II or III levels are expected to have a valid appraiser’s certificate from the California State Board of Equalization.


Interested individuals must submit the following:

  • Calaveras County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions
  • Transcripts for Bachelor’s Degree
  • Appraiser’s certificate from California State Board of Equalization.

Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process.  Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process.  Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the interview process.


The purpose of this supplemental questionnaire is to assess your qualifications, training, and experience in specific job related areas.  Your answer to these questions, along with your completed application, will be used to select the most suitably qualified candidates for the interview process.  Applications submitted without completed Supplemental Question will not be given further consideration.

Respond to each question fully, but limit your response to only one to two “8-1/2 x 11” sheets of paper (single or double spaced.)  Responses must be legible.  Typewritten responses are preferred.

  1. Please be sure to answer the following questions in a thorough and complete manner, as your responses may be used to determine your qualifications. Please do not indicate "see resume" as this is not an acceptable answer. Please note that if you are invited to a selection interview(s) by a department, your responses to the following questions may be subject to verification. Do you understand this information?


  1.  Do you possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university in business, real estate, economics or a related field? If yes, then submit a copy of your degree in order for your application to be considered complete.



  1. Do you possess an Appraiser's Certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization? If yes, then submit a copy of your certificate in order for your application to be considered complete.


  1. Please identify how many years’ experience you have appraising property for property tax purposes. Your answers may range from having be (a) no experience; (b) less than five years’ experience; (c) five to ten years’ experience; (d) more than ten years’ experience.
  2. Please provide a detailed description of your experience appraising property for property tax purposes and include the following information: 1) Employer name; 2) Job title; 3) Length of time (months/years); 4) Duties and responsibilities performed as it relates to appraising property for assessment purposes. Please indicate "N/A" if you do not have this experience.
  3. If you have not been an appraiser in a California County Assessor’s Office, please provide a detailed description of your experience applying provisions of the California Revenue and Taxation Code in any other capacity and include the following information: 1) Employer name; 2) Job title; 3) Length of time (months/years); 4) Duties and responsibilities performed as it relates to applying provisions of the California Revenue and Tax Code. Please indicate "N/A" if you do not have this experience.


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Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Mobility to work in a standard office environment; use standard office equipment and attend off-site meetings; physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary at work post for long periods of time; manual dexterity to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large document holders (binders, manuals, etc.); vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone. 


Mobility to make field inspections which includes climbing hills, walking on uneven surfaces, and walking long distances; manual dexterity to control several pieces of equipment used to measure and inspect property; ability to work independently in the field and be aware of surroundings and threatening conditions.

Other Requirements:

This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent.  Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Human Resources Division

891 Mountain Ranch Road, Building C, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone (209) 754-6303 ~ Fax (209) 754-6333 ~


Calaveras County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), national origin, age (40 and above), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation ( heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, gender expression, transgender), medical conditions (cancer and genetic information including family medical history), disability (medical, mental or physical, including HIV or AIDS), request or denial of family medical care leave and pregnancy leave, AB60 driver's license or military or veteran status.

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