TITLE: Field Appraiser Trainee
LOCATION: Susquehanna County Assessment Office
REPORTS TO: Director of Assessment
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time, Union
This is a technical job, inspecting real property for the purpose of determining assessed values for tax purposes.
An employee in this class may locate, visit, and or otherwise review properties. Specific property data is gathered using technical means such as GIS or Pictometry, and may also require field work which includes observation, photography, measurement, and interview of property owners and/or builders or tenants. The emphasis at this level is on obtaining complete and accurate information to assure a fair assessment. Work may be complicated by difficulties in locating specific properties and owners.
Education equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade
Ability to complete an approved course of study covering assessment and appraisal procedures.
Required Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of physical, social, and economic factors affecting property values.
Knowledge of materials and methods of construction used in residential and commercial properties.
Knowledge of laws affecting property assessment. Ability to prioritize work effectively.
Ability to make accurate, detailed observations of buildings and properties and prepare complete reports.
Ability to produce consistent and accurate work.
Ability to measure accurately and make drawings to scale.
Ability to locate properties using maps and records such as deeds, wills, and tax records.
Ability to properly and consistently apply formulas and policies to produce property evaluations. Ability to communicate and express communication effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to work independently. Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to use a computer to perform data entry using CAMA and Microsoft Excel Ability to use GIS to locate, identify, and review properties for changes.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform tasks as assigned which can include:
Locate real property by using maps, deeds, and various county records, and also by physically visiting an area, and questioning residents when necessary.
Perform site visits to properties for the purpose of taking notes, verifying current improvements, photographing improvements, measuring structures, verifying type and quality of any construction; use; age; location; and condition.
Utilize computer software (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal, or CAMA) by entering property data to arrive at an assessed value for property.
Sketch structures using CAMA.
Post notification of delinquent taxes on properties for tax claim.
Attend assessment appeal hearings to explain how property values were determined. Local travel as required. Some travel may be required for training or other purposes. All other duties as assigned.
The employee must have passed the Susquehanna County Background Check with no record of criminal convictions.
The employee must meet and comply with Susquehanna County’s Employment Policies.
The employee must be able to complete the requirements necessary to obtain certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator. Certification must be obtained within a period of the first 18 months of employment.
Part of the position’s functions involves the handling of confidential data, the disclosure of which is protected by law.
The applicant must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in a normal office environment as well as the duties performed outside during site visits.
Office work will typically involve long periods of sitting and standing.
Site visits are often performed during active phases of building construction and may include climbing stairs and/or step ladders, walking over uneven terrain, working in inclement weather including rain, snow, and high temperatures, and driving for extended periods of time.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of and level of duties being performed by a person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required to perform this position.
I HAVE READ THE ABOVE POSITION DESCRIPTION AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH THEREIN. I HEREBY ACCEPT THE POSITION OF FIELD APPRAISER TRAINEE AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES SET FORTH. I WILL PERFORM ALL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.
Signature of Employee
Signature of Department Head
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.