Real Property Appraiser Level I/II

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 23, 2021
Accounting and Finance Real Estate
  • Salary: $51,636.24 - $75,731.76 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on: 10/6/2021, 10/27/2021 (final)

Level 1 - $4,303.02 - $5,230.42/month
Level 2 - $5,192.17 - $6,310.98/month

Real Property Appraiser is a single class with two salary levels. The level at which the initial appointment is made and when advancement occurs are at the discretion of the appointing authority. Incumbents may advance from Level I to Level II provided that they have demonstrated the ability to perform the responsibilities required at a higher performance level.

Real Property Appraiser (Level I) is the developing, exhibiting, and assessing level. Working under general supervision, incumbents learn and apply the required body of knowledge and perform fundamental, homogeneous, routine assessment and appraisal operations where the course of action necessitates a simple choice among related and established procedures.

Real Property Appraiser (Level II) is the first-working level. Under general supervision, incumbents work in the field performing total appraisals of property, open space land, and improvements according to established procedures and precedents and with the latitude to select the most effective methods to accomplish the tasks. Incumbents are primarily engaged in the less difficult appraisals for smaller commercial and industrial properties as well as residential properties, tracts and areas with abundant sales and a fair degree of comparability among properties
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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Department's purpose, products and services
  • Current and automated methods, principles, terminology and techniques used to appraise residential, commercial, special purpose, multi-use and transitional properties
  • Building construction including different varieties, materials, quality, quantity and costs
  • Laws, regulations, and court decisions affecting tax appraisals and assessments
  • State of California property tax laws and related local ordinances and regulations
  • Factors involved in the valuation of productive and nonproductive land
  • Effects of economic trends on market prices, construction and replacement costs and values
Ability to
  • Review, interpret, apply and explain complex rules, regulations, codes, laws and ordinances related to property valuation appraisal and tax assessment techniques
  • Locate, research, interpret, and apply a variety of source records and information related to property valuation appraisal and tax assessment purposes
  • Understand and use property maps, title documents, property descriptions and related documents, floor plans from blueprints, metes-and-boundaries from legal descriptions, mapping symbols and plotting lines
  • Apply the principles and techniques of physical inspection and appraisals for real and personal property
  • Collect, evaluate and summarize factors relating to appraisals, business property acquisitions, exemptions and appeals
  • Read English at a level necessary to examine, interpret, and apply legal, technical, and complex guidelines, documents, records and reports
  • Speak English at a level necessary to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Write English at a level necessary to produce concise, accurate and impartial reports, narratives, summaries and recommendations
  • Understand expectations, needs and wants of internal/external customers
  • Meet the needs of customers within the scope of the class or provide referrals to other available resources that will meet needs
  • Perform and interpret complex arithmetic calculations, compute ratios and percentages, calculate square footage of property and land improvements
  • Work cooperatively with others and build and maintain constructive relationships with those encountered during course of work including responding effectively and tactfully to hostility, confusion or concerns expressed by others
  • Work independently, prioritize work, coordinate activities and meet critical deadlines
  • Organize, process and evaluate data and ideas to make effective decisions and develop appropriate solutions
  • Use sound judgment and personal initiative to accomplish assignments
  • Contribute to the group with ideas, suggestions and efforts

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school (or equivalent of a high school education as determined by passing the general education development test approved by the California Department of Education)


Four (4) years of relevant education and/or experience.

(a) One year of education shall consist of either thirty (30) passing semester units or forty-five (45) passing quarter units from a recognized accredited four-year college or university.

(b) "Relevant experience" means employment experience within the last ten years in any of the following occupations:

(i) an accountant, auditor, real property appraiser, building cost estimator, engineer, real estate loan agent, real estate loan underwriter, right-of-way agent, licensed building contractor, or

(ii) a real estate licensee, licensed by the California Department of Real Estate, engaged in buying, selling, leasing, or managing real estate, or

(iii) an appraiser aide or appraiser trainee in an assessor's office or in the property taxes department of the Board of Equalization (BOE), or

(iv) an employee, other than an appraiser, appraiser aide, or appraiser trainee of an assessor's office or of the property taxes department of the BOE except that such employment time shall be limited to qualifying for only 32 months of the four-year experience requirement. The remaining 16 months of time shall be accumulated by education or relevant experience as described in subparagraphs (a), (b)(i), (b)(ii), and (b)(iii) above

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Education Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

Special Requirements

Appraiser Certification: Incumbents in this class must acquire permanent certification as an appraiser by the California State Board of Equalization within one year from the date of appointment. Failure to maintain the appropriate valid certification constitutes cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination from the class in accordance with the County's Civil Service Rules, Section 11.4 (q).

Driver's License: Incumbents in all classes must possess a valid California Driver's License - Class C or higher before the date of appointment. Failure to maintain a valid California Driver's License constitutes cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination from the class in accordance with the County's Civil Service Rules, Section 11.4 (q). Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements: Incumbents in the above classes may be required to stoop, kneel, and inspect buildings and other structures; climb fences, stairs, and ladders; walk in rough terrain and muddy fields; distinguish measurements as small as 1/20th of an inch.

Probationary Period
The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667
  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.

All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.
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Closing Date/Time: 10/27/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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