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Entry-level appraiser needed to perform basic tasks related to the appraisal of real property for tax assessment purposes. Position is open until filled!
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Salary:  $21.32 - $25.92 /hr.

Range: 7375

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 entry-level Appraiser I to join their team. This position is full-time with a work schedule of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Our new Appraiser I will receive an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, a CalPERS pension, and much more.

This is a flexibly staffed, three part series that provides growth opportunities once skills and experience are acquired.  The successful candidate will receive on-the-job training to learn the assigned tasks.  That training will include appraisal methodology, valuing property for property tax purposes, applicable state laws, and department-specific computer programs.  Once training and experience is obtained, incumbents will be expected to perform increasingly complex duties.  Appraisal work requires field inspections to measure and inventory property, interviewing real estate professionals, securing 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, maintain 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 entry level class for appraisal work.  Incumbents will work under close supervision while being trained and will gradually work more independently as knowledge and skills are acquired.  Routine work will be assigned to this class.  Appointment to the Appraiser I position will be made based on a competitive recruitment process.  Incumbents in the Appraiser I position are expected to develop basic appraisal and assessment skills.


  • 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:

Basic principles of land economics; general knowledge of the principles of property appraisals; general knowledge of property taxation in California.


Skill to:

Learn and apply the principles and techniques of property appraisal; assemble and analyze data and make mathematical calculations; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work; exercise judgment.


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.

No experience required.


Licenses, Certificates, or Registrations:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Incumbents appointed at the Appraiser I level will have one year from the date of employment to obtain a valid appraiser’s certificate from the California State Board of Equalization.  Failure to obtain the certificate within one year will result in termination of employment. 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

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 this question, 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 overall score. 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?
  2. This position requires a bachelor’s degree. Please list the field your degree is in and attach transcripts.
  3. What interests you about becoming an appraiser?
  4. How did you initially hear about this position?



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. 


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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