Assessor's Office - Property Appraiser I or II

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Real Estate / Property Management
Posted on November 4, 2023
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Assessor’s Office- Property Appraiser I or II:

This position is responsible for valuing & classifying all real & personal property in La Plata County. Visiting & measuring property, taking photos & conducting sales & inventory review on site. In the office inputs information in the computer system using a variety of software incl GIS mapping, Multi list programs & apex property sketch software, update the data & values on properties in the County, & defend the values in property appeals. A background or interest in real estate or construction is helpful. All training is provided for & paid for by the Assessor’s office, with the goal of obtaining a CO Appraisal License. A high school diploma or GED are required, skill in MS office software & the ability to effectively use computers & mapping programs is required. Appraiser II trains new appraisers & requires a CO Appraiser License. Full Time + extensive benefits $21.50-24.85/hour depending on experience. Deadline 4 pm 11/19/23. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer






DATE: 12/16, REVISED DATE 12/21


Appraises residential, manufactured homes, new construction, mining, agricultural and vacant property for tax assessment purposes; defends property values at county level hearings, under the active, diligent, and personal supervision of a certified appraiser.


Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. Conducts field inspections to collect data required for the classification of land, mobile homes, and buildings; maintains and files data for classification and appraisals. Determines new construction values and performs field inspections and determines quality and depreciation values; takes photos, measures additions, sketches areas. Defends property value during protest period and provides testimony at hearings as necessary. Acquires building permit information, obtains measurements, inventories structure, notes characteristics, and determines physical, functional or economic depreciation. Uses GIS, Multiple listing service and planning department data to help evaluate locational factors such and utilities and legal uses. Maintains data files; verifies sales prices for market analysis. Interacts with citizens and provides information concerning market value. Answers telephone and deals with questions by residents. Identifies new businesses by using a variety of on-line tools and state and city lists; tracks address changes. Visits new business owners to conduct field audits and explain procedures. Routes correspondence. Creates and uses spreadsheets for tracking of abatements, abstracts, and statistical information. Performs other related duties as assigned. Regular and predictable attendance required.


Computer and General Office Equipment, Vehicle


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position would be:

Education and Experience: High School Diploma or GED minimum, Associate or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Any combination of education, training, and experience in real estate or construction, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential function of the job.

Licenses and Certifications: Valid State Driver's License. Ability to obtain a Colorado Ad Valorem Appraisal License within 2 years of employment.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of real estate and personal property appraising. Construction methods. All applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations. Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques. Standard business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals. Computer applications related to the work. Skill in: Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols. Using mathematics. Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing. Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Ability to: To read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals; technical procedures and government regulations. To read, use and understand maps. To speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions. To add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. To deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. To take and pass the required classes for obtaining the Ad Valorem Appraisal License.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: Work is performed in a normal environment with some exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust. The incumbent's working conditions are typically moderately quiet. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, outdoor weather conditions, and work in high precarious places. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.