Real Estate Appraiser I - (Open)
St. Louis County, MN - Minnesota

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Technical work involving the appraisal of residential property in St. Louis County.

Please note the salary rates are based on the 2011 contract and may be subject to change.

Distinguishing Features of Work:

An employee in this entry level appraiser class is responsible for making routine appraisals of residential and small commercial properties in St. Louis County. Various duties and responsibilities include the following: conducts inspections of property to determine conditions, improvements, locations, etc.; researches property descriptions, deeds and other documents; reviews information with property owners and others to assess accuracy of information; makes appraisals based on available information; may represent the Assessor's Department at Board of Review meetings; answers inquiries from concerned citizens regarding assessments. The work is performed within prescribed laws and department policies under the work direction of a Principal Appraiser and the administrative direction of the Assistant County Assessor.

Work Environment:

These work environment factors are general in nature and may vary depending on the specific position being filled. CONSTANT : Talk/speak. FREQUENT : Lift and carry up to 20 pounds; near, midrange, and far vision; hear; balance; climb stairs; grasp; handle; move about; reach; sit; stand; twist at waist; walk; exposure to weather; work alone; work around others; work inside; work outside and drive. OCCASIONAL : Carry, push/pull up to 100 pounds; crouch; kneel; squat; stoop/bend; unprotected heights; slippery surfaces; traffic; customer/public contact; clients with behavioral challenges; and extended days.

Selection Process:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Pass/Fail):
  • Two years of experience in building construction, building inspection, real estate appraisal or work of an equivalent nature; OR a degree in accounting, economics, business administration or a closely related field.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • NOTE: After completion of two (2) years service in this classification, certification by the MN State Board of Assessors and upon recommendation by the Department Head, an employee in this class may be promoted to Real Estate Appraiser II; within three years of the employment date the employee must have attained certification by the MN State Board of Assessors. Failure to complete this requirement will result in termination.
WRITTEN ASSESSMENT (50% of overall scoring):

The Written Assessment will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 . Please allow two hours for this exam: You may participate in the assessment at either of the following locations:

DULUTH, MN: Room 705, Government Services Center, 320 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN.

OR

VIRGINIA, MN: Room C157, Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, 1001 W. Chestnut St.

Please plan on attending the written assessment if you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. We will not be sending additional reminders regarding the test date and time. To participate in this assessment, you must bring picture identification and a #2 pencil. Calculators are permitted, however digital cameras and other communication devices containing calculator functions are NOT.

ORAL ASSESSMENT (50% of overall scoring):
Top candidates as determined by the written exam will be scheduled for the oral assessment at a later date. If seven or fewer applicants qualify for the oral assessment, it will be waived.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The essential functions for this position are listed under the "ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK" on the specification, available in the Human Resources Office or online at www.stlouiscountymn.gov/jobdescriptions .

VETERANS PREFERENCE:
If you are eligible to apply for Veterans Preference, please attach to your application a copy of document(s) listed for the option that applies to you:
• Veteran: DD214
• Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months.
• Spouse of Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months & marriage certificate. (Eligible only if Veteran is unable to qualify because of the disability.)
• Spouse of Deceased Veteran: DD214, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.

PHYSICAL-MEDICAL STANDARDS:
Qualified applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Applicants selected must meet the physical requirements for the position.

DRUG TESTING:
Applicants selected for appointment must take and pass a drug test.

BACKGROUND CHECK:
Applicants selected for appointment to a position with St. Louis County may be subject to a background investigation.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION:
All new employees must submit documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility within three days of their first day of employment.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:
Appointees to the position must successfully complete at least a six month probationary period prior to being certified for permanent employment.

NON-DISCRIMINATION:
St. Louis County is an equal opportunity and veteran-friendly employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.