Appraiser Trainee/I/II

County of Ventura

SALARY: $52,299.08 - $88,311.84 Annually

Under immediate supervision (the Appraiser Trainee) or general supervision (the Appraiser I and II), the incumbent performs progressively complex assignments in the appraisal of real property for ad valorem taxes; and performs related duties as required.
At each successive level, incumbents are expected to demonstrate greater initiative, self-direction, independent judgment and conflict resolution with less supervision than preceding levels.
The Appraiser Trainee, $25.14 to $33.99 per hour, is the entry-level class. Incumbents receive training and assist higher-level appraisers in performing routine filed and office duties involved in the appraisal of real property.  This is a trainee/entry level classification, and Veteran's Points may apply to eligible applicants. Presentation of discharge papers or a certified copy thereof for inspection by the Director-Human Resources prior to the final filing date of the announcement shall be required of all applicants seeking Veteran's preference credit.
The Appraiser I, $26.27 to $36.73 per hour, is the intermediate level class. Incumbents appraise residential subdivisions, tracts and areas with an active market and a fair degree of comparability among properties.
The Appraiser II, $30.29 to $42.46 per hour, is the journey-level class. Incumbents independently performs appraisal work on a wide range of residential as well as non-residential real properties (i.e., commercial, industrial and rural) applying all three (3) approaches to valuation (cost, comparative sales and income). 

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: 

-Examines new and existing single-family homes, new residential tracts for types and quality of construction; 
-Classifies structures according to shape, size, types of construction and estimated costs, reads and interprets blueprints; 
-Obtains, verifies, and analyzes pertinent sales information, income and cost data to arrive at value conclusions; 
-Contacts realtors, builders, lending agencies, city planning offices and property owners to gather information pertaining to factors which affect market values; 
-Identifies and recognizes view factors and negative influences such as railroads, freeways, drainage channels, or adjacent commercial uses; 
-Determines depreciation factors and their effects on market value; 
-Performs other duties as required.

In addition to the above duties, the Level II may perform the following: 
-Examines multi-family residential, commercial, industrial and rural properties for types of quality of construction; 
-Performs cost, market and income appraisals; 
-Determines cost trends, unit cost and market factors utilizing information on construction costs, sales, rents, leases, business income and expenses; 
-Completes appraisals on structures affected by calamities such as fires, floods, landslides, and earthquakes; 
-Explains assessments to taxpayers; if necessary, appears before the Assessment Appeals Board to defend assessments. 

Progressively responsible experience in real property appraisal which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities.
The required knowledge and abilities also can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Appraiser Trainee:
 No experience required.
Appraiser I: One (1) year of experience performing duties comparable to that of an Appraiser Trainee.
Appraiser II: Three (3) years of experience as a real property appraiser. Two (2) years of which must be at a level comparable to that of an Appraiser I.
Professional experience within the last ten (10) years that demonstrates application of analytical methodologies or statistical techniques to real property appraisals may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four (4) years. Experience as an Assessor's Technician or equivalent class in Ventura County Assessor's Office may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two (2) years.
-Driver's License: A valid California driver's license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment. 
-Certification: Appointees must attain State certification as an Appraiser for property tax purposes within one (1) year of appointment. Failure to pass the State Board of Equalization Certification Examination within one (1) year may result in termination. 
-Conflict of Interest Statement: In accordance with the Political Reform Act of 1974, incumbents at all levels will be required to file an annual Conflict of Interest Statement.

If you are using education to qualify the verification of completion of college coursework and/or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. 

-Submit your college diploma or transcripts/grade reports from an accredited college or university which shows your name, the conferred date of your degree and the major area of study; submit within 3 days of the closing date of this recruitment.    
-Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 
-If you need additional time to submit transcripts, contact the analyst conducting the recruitment for an extension. 
-Degree(s) from a foreign institution require an academic credential evaluation to determine the U.S. equivalency. 
-If the name on this documentation is different from the name on your application, include documents that show the name change (e.g., a marriage certificate)

FINAL FILING DATE:  This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
To apply online, please refer to our website at  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009. 

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Erin Niemi by email at or by telephone at (805) 654-2568.