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Appraiser Trainee

County of San Luis Obispo
Permanent San Luis Obispo County Assessor, 1055 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408, United States


A “day in the life” of an Appraiser Trainee

  • Appraiser Trainees work closely with the supervisors and senior appraisers on the Residential Appraisal Team, work directly with taxpayers, and collaborate with employees in other sections of the office.

Typical tasks include:
  • performing on-site inspections of properties to record land and improvement characteristics;
  • reading and interpreting blueprints, Assessor’s parcel maps and legal descriptions;
  • collecting and analyzing data to determine the market value of properties due to changes in ownership and new construction;
  • assembling information for use in developing assessed values;  
  • answering taxpayer questions concerning tax laws, appraisal methods and  assessed values;
For the entire job description:  

This recruitment may be used to fill future permanent, substitute, limited term, and temporary positions, both full-time and part-time throughout the County.
The Ideal Candidate

Employees in the Appraiser Trainee position must have the ability to work independently; to read and interpret laws, regulations, maps, property descriptions; to analyze appraisal data and make proper determinations of value; to prepare concise and accurate written or oral reports; to develop and maintain positive, effective working relationships with fellow employees, employees of other agencies and the public; and the ability to cultivate and nurture a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and the others.
The Assessor’s Office is one of 22 departments within the County of San Luis Obispo.  It has 85 dedicated and talented staff.  The department has recently reengineered the way it does business by moving from paper to digital files.  It comprises five divisions, and this position is in the Residential Appraisal Section.  The Residential Appraisal Section has staff in both office locations, San Luis Obispo and Atascadero.  Incumbents in this position can be assigned to either location, as well as the reporting location adjusted on a rotation basis for training purposes.  

The position is part of a career series for Appraiser Trainee, I, II, and III.  Under the direction of an assigned Supervising Appraiser this position performs a variety of duties related to appraising real and personal property for tax assessment purposes.  
Appraiser Trainee is the trainee level of this job class series.  During year one, training is provided for the Permanent Appraiser's Certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization, which must be obtained and maintained throughout employment.  In addition this position will not be eligible for teleworking options due to the training component during year one.  

Exam plan for this recruitment may include Subject Matter Testing, Meet and Greet Interviews, Panel Interviews, and Department Hiring Interviews.  

Education and Experience
All Levels: Either A: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree; OR B: Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D. certificate and four years of job related, relevant experience as defined by the State of California State Board of Equalization Property Tax Rules, Chapter 1, Subchapter 2, Article 7, Rule 283 which includes Accountant, Auditor, Real Property Appraiser, Building Cost Estimator, Engineer, Real Estate Loan Agent or Underwriter, Right-of-Way Agent, Licensed Building Contractor, Real Estate Licensee Licensed by the California Department of Real Estate, or any other experience approved in Rule 283.
In addition to the above:
Appraiser Trainee: No additional experience necessary.

Licenses and Certificates
All Levels: A valid driver license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

In addition to the above:

Appraiser Trainee: A Permanent Appraiser's Certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization must be obtained within one year of appointment and maintained throughout employment.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. Please call 805-781-5959 for assistance or e-mail  for more information.

Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.