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Appraiser Trainee

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$16.72 $23.41 $2,898.08 $4,057.66 $34,783.00 $48,697.00


Gathers, collects and tabulates data for the appraisal of single family residential real property. Performs standard field duties including data collection, site characteristic collection, and sketching building footprints, both in the field and office. Becomes versed in the State's Assessment Calendar and the County Office's policies and procedures.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
  • Receives immediate supervision from a Senior or Chief Appraiser.
  • Exercises no supervision.
  • Be able to apply the principles of mass appraisal and know the Assessment Calendar.
  • Locate and identify blueprints, maps, plats, surveys, and other resources to perform property assessments.
  • Perform field inspections of single family residential real property and ancillary structures to establish a basis for property valuations.
  • Create, record, and maintain information about property attributes using County-designated software.
  • Create building footprints using the County's CAD program.
  • Research and confirm single family residential real property sales information using available resources.
  • Educate and assist public by answering questions pertaining to single family residential real property appraisal.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • The Assessment Calendar, Colorado Constitution, Division of Property Taxation Directives, Colorado State Statutes, and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operating procedures.
  • Operation of standard office and business equipment including fax machines, copiers, financial calculators, and computers.
  • Software and business applications including, but not limited to Word, Excel, RealWare, Apex, IRES, SAMAMS, and email.
  • Characteristics related to construction types, materials, and designs.
  • Provide customer service to clients and public.
  • Write reports using correct English, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Accomplish assigned workload in a timely manner and meet established performance standards and objectives.
  • Perform duties independently that are appropriate and consistent with the level of knowledge and experience.
  • Develop the skills and the desire to advance to the next level in the Appraiser series.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • No experience required. Two years of on-the-job experience required for consideration to next appraiser level.
  • High school diploma or GED required. Additional coursework related to single family residential real property is desirable.
  • Ability to pass the National Uniform Appraiser Examination and obtain licensure at the Colorado State Registered Appraiser level within two years of hire.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License. 

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to:

  • Climb up to two flights of stairs to access/appraise single family residences.
  • Work in adverse weather conditions including snow, wind, rain, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Stand and walk up to one and a half hours at a time taking measurements of single family residences.
  • Walk on uneven terrain, including all types of landscaping products, construction sites, mud, and/or frozen ground.
  • Climb in/out of County vehicles up to 20 times a day with and without equipment.
  • Operate a 100' measuring tape while walking and carrying a clipboard.
  • Lift and carry a briefcase weighing 15 pounds with standard equipment and a container of paperwork weighing 20 pounds.
  • Bend, stoop, stretch, twist, and/or squat to access single family residences.

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