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$28.46-$35.97 hourly / $4,933.00-$6,235.00 monthly / $59,196.80-$74,817.60 yearly


Under supervision, assist professional appraisal personnel to collect, assemble, analyze and process data to make valuations of real or business property; learn and apply fundamental appraisal principles and practices; conduct field checks; collect data to update and correct business tax files; conduct field canvasses; and perform other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is an entry or trainee level paraprofessional class for real or business property appraisal which provides on going paraprofessional appraisal support. Incumbents initially work under close supervision and receive on-the-job training in the methods and techniques of collecting and analyzing data for appraisal of real or business property for assessment purposes.

In addition to on-the-job training, incumbents completing college level course work may qualify for entrance into the class of Appraiser I or Auditor/Appraiser I after completing State Board of Equalization requirements.

This class is distinguished from the Appraiser I and Auditor/Appraiser I classes in that the latter are the first working level in the real or business property appraisal series in which incumbents complete independent valuations to appraise property for tax purposes.

Typical Tasks

Real Property Division

Collect data in the field or office on residential structures for valuation; record type and characteristics of construction; draw plot maps to scale, color codes levels and improvements and calculates square footage; collects comparable sales data for the internal audit program; receives training in the laws, rules, regulations, procedures and techniques of appraising real property; assembles appraisal records and support data for use in the field or office by appraisers; update existing and initiates new appraisal records in preparation for valuation; accompanies appraiser to learn field practices; assist in processing paperwork including assessment appeals applications; gather data and processes restricted valuations for TPZ, open space and agriculture preserves; explain revenue taxation codes and appraisal procedures to the public; prepare correspondence and reports; maintain records; input, access and analyze data using a computer.

Business Property Division

Collect, analyze and process information and data to update and correct business tax files; inspect business properties to review office equipment, fixtures, machinery and other equipment and to collect data necessary to correct the roll; examine and analyze balance sheets, income statements, depreciation schedules and other accounting records; conduct routine office audits using prepared charts and state schedules; check computations on business property statements for accuracy, examines prior years statements for reporting consistency with current year and identifies problems requiring further analyses; conduct field canvasses in business areas to update, correct and verify enrollment information; receive training in the laws, rules, regulations, procedures and techniques of auditing and appraising business property; explain audit-appraisal procedures to the public; assist in proofing the roll to assure accuracy; prepare correspondence and reports; maintain records; input, access and analyze data using a computer.

Employment Standards


Working knowledge of:

  • Record keeping practices and office procedures.
  • Principles and practices of basic bookkeeping and simple accounting may be required for certain positions. 

Some knowledge of:

  • Property valuation methods and procedures.
  • Data processing applications.

Ability to:

  • Learn appraisal terminology, principles, practices, the standard building classification systems, and State and local laws pertaining to assessment, appraisal and audit appraisal.
  • Effectively contact the public to acquire factual data required to appraise property.
  • Collect and analyze data to appraise property.
  • Schedule and organize work to meet deadline.
  • Compute ratios and percentages, make arithmetic calculations and apply depreciation schedules.
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and staff.
  • Prepare accurate detailed records.
  • Prepare clear and concise written correspondence and oral reports.
  • Learn to use a computer to input, access and analyze data.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, rules and policies.
  • Drive a car to perform work in the field.
  • Walk over rugged terrain and climb through partially built structures may by required for some positions.
  • Perform field inspections at the airport, harbor, building sites or camp grounds.
  • Lift and carry buckets of parcel folders weighing up to 25 pounds.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of increasingly responsible clerical or fiscal record keeping experience which includes public contact.

Special Requirements:

License: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.


Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 20
Workers' Compensation Code: 0053
Analyst: OM
Revised Date(s): 9/85, 10/85, 2/86

CLASS: DA2; EST: 11/1/1981; REV: 6/1/1995;