5897-Property Appraiser II (Assessment)
Jackson County, OR - Medford, OR

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Pre-Employment Requirements and/or Preferences:
  • Knowledge and experience working with excel preferred.
  • Possession of an Oregon state license as a Registered Appraiser II.
  • Transcripts must be submitted in order to meet the educational requirements of this posting.
  • Must pass a criminal background/credit check prior to hire.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen prior to hire.
  • Must submit an acceptable DMV certified court print prior to hire.

Job Duties and Requirements:

Definition: Under general direction, to perform responsible duties related to the assessment of residential, rural, commercial, income, farm and/or forest properties for tax evaluation purposes.

Distinguishing Features: This is a professional journey level class. Incumbents perform a full range of complex analytical tasks and work within a framework of established procedures. At this level, incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance. Employ¬ees in this classification may provide direction and training to clerical or new staff; however, these tasks are ancillary to the main focus of the position. Work is normally reviewed only upon completion and for overall results.

Examples Of Essential Position Duties: (The following duties represent the principal job duties, however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.)
  • Perform physical inspections of properties; inventory and appraise residential and rural for tax assessment purposes.
  • Describe and classify property improvements using approved guidelines.
  • Interview contractors, builders, wholesalers and retailers to obtain local construction cost data for residential and rural properties.
  • Record information; compute market values and cost of reproduction; note physical, functional or economic factors to establish fair and accurate values of real property.
  • Locate, investigate and confirm property sales; compute and establish market value benchmarks, neighborhood adjustments, time trends and depreciation schedules.
  • Compile and format raw data; schedule code grouping for input to computer assisted appraisal program (CAAP).
  • Inspect farms and forest properties; review income and properties for compliance with farm use guidelines and forest special assessment.
  • Process farm and forest applications; review and process disqualifications and appeals.
  • Conduct Farm Board meetings and studies; establish and secure approval of farm values.
  • Review schedules and CAAP values; inform supervisor of errors, inaccuracies and inequities on appraisals and assessed values.
  • Prioritize and screen field reviews of building permits by the type and complexity of construction.
  • Prepare and update aerial photographs and field maps.
  • Recommend methods to resolve unique or problem appraisals on a variety of properties.
  • Maintain, update, use and protect current county records, special studies and historic data used in the performance of duties.
  • Train and provide work direction to new employees; inform and instruct staff in the principles and laws governing special assessments.
  • Prepare appraisal reports, records and correspondence.
  • Respond to public inquiries on property valuations, complaints, appeals and the appraisal process; explain policies and procedures.
  • May appear in tax court, small claims court, the Department of Revenue or the Board of Equalization to testify on property appraisals.

Auxiliary Duties: (The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered the principal job duties.)
  • Locate, and retrieve county records and files; assemble materials for field work; re-file materials upon completion.
  • Assist planning and building departments concerning code violations.
  • Input raw construction and cost data into computer assisted assessment program. May assist in computer programming as skills allow and as needed.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in property appraisal or a related field plus one year experience as a registered property appraiser OR an Associate=s degree in property appraisal or a related field plus one year of related experience plus one year experience as a registered property appraiser OR four years of experience in a related field plus one year of experience as a registered property appraiser.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Requires knowledge of theories, principles and techniques of real estate appraisal, farm and forest use special assessments; income approach to valuation; familiarity with the CAAP system used by the Department of Assessment and Taxation; farm commodities grown in the area and farming practices associated with them; property identification references; special assessment programs for farm and forest properties; exempt properties, taxing districts, property value appeal procedures, tax deferral programs; construction techniques, styles and materials; Ability to read and interpret maps and legal descriptions; determine whether properties are in compliance with stocking guidelines and reforestation plans; meet continuing education requirement to maintain an active Oregon state appraiser=s license; identify and analyze complex problems and make sound recommendations; use statistical analysis to prepare spread sheets, determine formulas; accurately input data to the county CAAP system; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; use mathematics to calculate costs and establish property values; use a variety of office machines including computers, calculators and other appraisal tools and equipment; interpret and explain department policies and procedures.

Special Requirements: (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions: )

Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; ability to walk over steep or uneven terrain; some positions require sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements such as typing, filing, data entry and/or use of calculators, ten-key adding machines or other office equipment or supplies. Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

License or Certificate:
  • Possession of an Oregon state license as a Registered Appraiser II.
  • Possesion of a valid Oregon driver's license and a good driving record.

Equal Opportunity Employer:


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Upon request, special accommodations and/or assistance will be gladly provided for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory impairments. Because of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, persons hired by the county must be able to present acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work in the United States. For a copy of Jackson County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, visit our web site at www.jacksoncounty.org or call 541-774-6036.