Residential Property Tax Appraiser
State of Montana - Bozeman, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Residential Property Tax Appraiser

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9416-1311


For more information contact:
State Agency:

P.O. Box 1712

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-9858

Fax: (406)444-6998

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


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Local Montana Job Service Workforce


58108132, 58108501



Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:


Property Assessment Division


Bargaining Unit:


State Application Required:

$27,360.00 - $31,500.00

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: A typical average benefit package is:

Benefits: $ 8,796.00
Retirement: $ 1,863.00

Total Average Benefit Package $10,659.00

Special Information:
Are you an energetic and enthusiastic individual that likes to work with others?

Are you dedicated to serving the citizens of Montana in understanding and meeting the requirements of Montana's revenue laws?

Do you communicate effectively and respectfully with others in a professional manner?

Are you a talented problem solver that will help make services for Montana better?

The Montana Department of Revenue administers more than 30 state taxes and fees; establishes values for taxable property, including agricultural land, residential real estate, commercial real estate, forest land, business equipment, railroads and public utilities; supervises the operation of the state liquor stores and agencies and administers the laws governing the sale, taxation, and licensing of alcoholic beverages; and returns unclaimed property to its rightful owners.

The Property Assessment Division is responsible for administering Montana’s property tax laws, including the valuation and assessment of real and personal property throughout the state for property tax purposes. The division is responsible for ensuring that all classes of property in the state are valued uniformly and equally throughout the state. The work of the division is critical to the operation of local governments, since the resulting valuation is used annually to fund important services provided by local government, including public schools, law enforcement, fire protection, road and bridge construction and maintenance, transportation, weed control, and public assistance. The functions of the division are performed by staff statewide in four regions with offices in each of the 56 counties and Central Office located in Helena.

Mission Statement

The quality of life for all Montanans is better because we excel at public service and effective administration of the tax and liquor laws of Montana. We do this by:

  • Ensuring that revenues intended by the legislature to be raised are collected to serve Montanans,
  • Advancing equity and integrity in taxation,
  • Providing innovative and respectful service,
  • Protecting the public health and safety, and achieving efficiency in liquor administration, and,
  • Improving public understanding of Montana’s revenue system.
Core Values

Our core values are rooted in the Montana Constitution and in fundamental values proven by human experience to lead an organization or community forward in a continuous positive manner. These core values include:

  • Respect for All Persons
  • Integrity and Justice
  • Productivity and Effectiveness
  • Teamwork and Community
Background Examination: Applicants for this position will be subject to a criminal background review before being considered for employment. Individual circumstances involving a criminal conviction will be reviewed to determine an applicant’s eligibility for employment.

Compliance with All Appropriate Montana Tax Laws: Specifically, your tax status must be current.

The Residential Appraiser conducts property reviews and discoveries, data research, and field appraisals and inspections to determine final valuation of residential properties; assists in the discovery, listing, and analysis of residential properties; analyzes, assesses, and reclassifies land uses; and assists with specification, calibration, and benchmarking of land models, sales comparisons, and property characteristics. The incumbent also coordinates and provides a range of specialized services in support of ongoing program operations and activities including responding to taxpayer inquiries; explaining appraisal activities; dispute resolution; and participating in appeal hearings. This position involves field work throughout the year and a valid driver’s license will be required to be maintained.

Property Appraisals

Researches and analyzes individual residential property characteristics to estimate the impacts on property values.

Conducts field appraisals and site inspections of subject properties and comparable sales to identify valuation factors and collect data required for maps, plats, and sketches used in appraisals.

Analyzes and evaluates appraisal information to determine final value of properties.

Analyzes, assesses, and reclassifies properties according to primary use (residential, agricultural, and commercial).

Assists higher level appraisers in the discovery, listing, and analysis of other types of property such as agricultural, forestland, and commercial properties. Compiles title, ownership, and financial data.

Taxpayer and Program Support Services

Participates in dispute resolution to evaluate challenges, complaints, and contentions regarding appraisal methods, procedures, and determinations.

Responds to taxpayer inquiries regarding appraisal procedures and results, references and referrals, statutory requirements, and other issues.

Contacts taxpayers to advise them of informational needs, appraisal activities, support services, and other issues.

Represents the department in appeal hearings to provide accurate and complete information regarding appraisals.

Maintains source data to ensure that models reflect current trends and influences on valuation.

To perform successfully as a residential appraiser the incumbent must be self-motivated; possess a strong work ethic; maintain a positive attitude; and enjoy working with, and for, the public. It is essential that incumbent has deductive and inductive reasoning abilities to solve complex problems. Skills in analyzing technical and legal documents; researching and synthesizing data from multiple sources; resolving conflict situations with taxpayers and others; multi-tasking; paying attention to details and accuracy; managing multiple priorities under tight deadlines; providing timely and effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication; customer service; following written and oral directions and instructions; and word processing, spreadsheet and database applications are required. Incumbent is required to resolve problems and accept responsibility for decisions. This position works with confidential financial and tax information and is required to maintain the highest level of confidentiality regarding all information acquired or used in performing this job.

This position requires knowledge of appraisal and assessment methods, procedures, and standards; property classification; appeals processes; mathematical and statistical calculations; land records analysis; word processing, spreadsheet, database, and specialized software applications; and applicable state and federal statutes, administrative rules, policies, and procedures.

Working Conditions

Must work under time constraints, be able to maintain numerous projects at one time, and determine priorities on a daily basis. At times, the incumbent will deal with angry, hostile, and difficult individuals to resolve concerns or to bring about compliance with regulations. This may cause stressful work conditions and a high degree of mental stress. As a Department of Revenue employee, the incumbent may come into contact with highly confidential financial and tax information and is required to maintain the highest level of confidentiality regarding all information acquired or used in performing this job. This position requires considerable computer and keyboard use and remaining seated for extended periods of time. Lifting and carrying is moderate up to 15 pounds to transport large numbers of files for field appraisals. Field appraisals involve travel at least 50% of the time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and poor roads and require a valid Montana driver’s license. Field appraisals may involve climbing ladders and stairs of multi-story structures; working outdoors in extremes of heat and cold; walking, bending, crawling, and negotiating uneven terrain, restrictive spaces, and fixed entry points (stairways, garage doors, etc.); and working in hazardous, dusty, or noisy areas. Work hours may exceed 40 hours per week from time to time. This job requires regular attendance as scheduled by the supervisor. This job cannot be performed at an alternate work site.

The above competencies and degrees of proficiency are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to two years of post-secondary education or vocational training in appraisal, construction, agriculture, or related field and two years of real estate job-related experience. One year of experience should be in real estate, construction, agriculture, forestry, surveying, or related field. Montana certification in residential property appraisal is required within one year of employment. Other combinations of relevant education and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis. It is important that all previous work experience is listed.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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