Pima County

Tucson, Arizona, United States

5743 - Property Appraiser I

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

Salary Grade: 9

Pay Range
Hiring Range: $22.79 - $27.34 Per Hour
Full Range: $22.79 - $31.90 Per Hour

Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification.

These multiple positions will classify and appraise real property and/or personal property for tax evaluation.

A written skills test may be used as part of the recruitment process.


(Work assignments may vary depending upon the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Locates, measures, classifies, and lists residential and commercial property for tax appraisal;

Conducts site inspections to update records of new structures, additions, and alterations of existing structures;

Appraises and assesses mobile homes and unsecured personal property, such as furniture, fixtures, machinery and equipment, and various types of agricultural personal property such as dairy equipment, saddles, and hand tools;

Measures and prepares drawings of commercial and residential property for appraisal, using computer-assisted drafting methods;

Transfers field notes and related property data to update property record information;

Consult with accountants or business representatives to obtain details on materials, equipment, dimensions, material costs, depreciation schedules, and/or asset lists;

Gathers and verifies information regarding the sale of real property;

Reviews depreciation schedules, asset lists, financial statements, and annual department forms to verify taxable property and extract net operating income;

Defends arbitrates, or testifies to non-complex property appraisals before property owners, boards of valuation, or courts;

Provides information to property owners and the public regarding the appraisal process, property characteristics, property values, exemptions, ownership, legal description, and property classifications;

Maintains databases, maps, spreadsheets, and tax tables in automated systems;

Trains and leads appraisal support staff;

Assists Property Appraiser-Senior in analyzing and reconciling complex data;

May interpret laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances.


Knowledge of:

  • standard personal and real property appraisal methods, techniques, and cost and market valuation systems;
  • real estate terminology and instruments of transfer;
  • building construction materials and costs;
  • laws and regulations affecting property appraisals, classifications, assessment ratios, property tax exemption, use codes, and the appeals process;
  • Computer-aided drafting (CAD) applications, databases and spreadsheets.

Skill in:

  • performing residential, non-complex commercial, and personal property appraisals;
  • interpreting real estate and legal descriptions, logs, maps, blueprints, contracts, and mortgages;
  • utilizing and maintaining databases, spreadsheets, tax tables, and automated systems;
  • reviewing depreciation schedules, asset lists, and other financial statements;
  • communicating effectively with the public;
  • analyzing and drawing conclusions from market sales data, neighborhood trends, property depreciation indicators, and construction trends and costs;
  • preparing drawings, using manual or CAD programs;
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
Minimum Qualifications

(1) Two years of experience in construction, real estate sales, and/or property appraisal.

(Acceptable real estate experience is that which included establishing value through research of sales of comparable properties. Acceptable construction experience includes estimating, obtaining building permits, or reading blueprints.)


(2) One year of experience with Pima County as a Property Appraisal Aide, Appraisal Support Specialist, or Title Examiner Specialist.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Within one year of hire must complete the Arizona Department of Revenue Level I Basic Certification courses to qualify for Appraisal or Assessor Certification issued or recognized by the State of Arizona Department of Revenue (ARS 42-13006). Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicants suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services review and approval of the candidates driving record.

Special Notice Items: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education, and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

EEO Information: Pima County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce and will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, kinship, political interest, or any other characteristic protected by law.