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Senior Systems Engineer (#ABSTORPAK) PAK
$15.09-$25.52 Hourly / $2,615.60-$4,423.47 Monthly / $31,387.20-$53,081.60 Yearly


Performs duties in the administration of abstracts of title, legal property descriptions, and other technical property data for the customers and staff of the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser.  The work in this class is performed, under general supervision, at full performance level, involving abstracts of title and related procedures, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines.  The work in this class is of greater complexity, volume, and accountability than that performed at the level of Abstractor Trainee.


An Associate's degree; and
Two years of experience in real property appraising, title/abstract searching, preparing legal property descriptions, or determining property value.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Knowledge of routine office policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of appraisal practices, and procedures related to abstracts of title, legal property descriptions and other technical property data.
  • Skill in researching and resolving questions, issues, and concerns, related to abstracts of title, legal property descriptions, and other technical property data.
  • Elevates complex issues to senior abstractor staff.
  • Skill in the use of computers, Microsoft Office software, property appraiser databases, and related applications.
  • Ability to research requests for property appraisal information, from multiple sources, to include-  files, records, accounts, databases, internet, and from various agencies, companies or other government sources.
  • Ability to perform mathematical and geometrical computations used in property valuation.
  • Ability to represent the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to provide support, as needed, to all departments, division, sections, and areas of the agency.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Receives, reviews, and processes documents from various agencies, companies, and government sources that allocate ownership of real property.
  • Utilizes plat, metes and bounds methods, and computer related software to determine accurate measurements of information recorded on deeds, and various instruments that grant, transfer, or convey ownership of property. 
  • Researches and responds to requests for property appraisal information from customers, staff, property owner representatives,  companies and government agencies utilizing multiple sources, such as- files, records, accounts, databases, internet, and from various agencies, companies or other government sources. Elevates complex requests to senior abstractor staff.
  • Receives, investigates, and responds to inquiries and complaints regarding abstracts of title and other documents, from property owners or their representatives.
  • Conducts information search and extraction, for preparation of legal descriptions, while insuring compliance with intent of the deed; and applicable procedures, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Prepares legal descriptions identifying land and improvement values on subdivided or joined parcels of property.
  • Makes scale drawings, as necessary.
  • Performs data entry and maintenance of information, logs, and records pertaining to- changes of ownership, division and joins of real property, and other related data.
  • Performs calculations of land and real property values, as needed.
  • Corresponds with appropriate persons via e-mail, letter,  telephone call, or face-to-face, to verify and correct property descriptions and property ownership that are found to be at variance with tax records. 

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.






  • A passing score on a written test.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License. 
  • Successful completion of a six-month Hillsborough County Property Appraiser- Abstractor Training Program.
    • The training period may be extended by the Property Appraiser on a case-by-case basis, but in no case extend beyond one year. 

CLASS: ABSTORPAK; EST: 2/18/2003; REV: 2/10/2014;