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Residential Property Appraiser

Marion County
Job Description

Residential Property Appraiser (underfill Property Appraiser 1)



$27.56 - $36.94 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number



Assessor's Office


Valuation and Appraisal

Opening Date


Closing Date

11/9/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit



 Assists as a trainee in the appraisal of real or personal property; performs other duties as required.  Upon satisfactorily meeting the experience, knowledge, training and special requirements of the Property Appraiser 1 classification, the employee may be promoted to the classification of Property Appraiser 2. 
Works under the close supervision of the Appraisal Supervisor, a Senior Appraiser or the County Assessor, who creates work assignments, reviews work through reports, and observes work performance.
Appraises real or personal property for tax assessment purposes; performs other work as required.
Works under the supervision of the Appraisal Supervisor, a Senior Appraiser or the County Assessor, who creates work assignments, reviews work through reports, and observes work performance.
Supervision is not a responsibility of positions in this class; however, may be assigned to train individuals of a lower classification within the same series.

 Property Appraiser 1:  $23.94 - $32.08
 Property Appraiser 2:  $27.56 - $36.94

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following

Duties for Property Appraiser 1

  • Assist in the appraisal of commercial properties (land and improvements) for purpose of tax assessment by researching, inspecting, and measuring, as well as assembling market, sales and other valuation data; may also assist in the appraisal of property types industrial, rural, residential or personal property as needed.
  • Independently locate, identify, measure, and photograph properties throughout Marion County and in all types of weather conditions.  The ability to recognize and catalogue the pertinent attributes which affect value of properties being appraised.  Learn the basics of what contributes to and differentiates property classifications and how to identify them.
  • Learn to identify the three approaches to value, sales comparison approach, cost approach, and income approach, and be able to develop and utilize all three approaches for properties of low complexity. Learn the basics of Measure’s 5 & 50 and be able to describe what tax implications these measures may have for property owners.
  • Learn the concept of mass appraisal and how to develop valuation models using this technique on an annual basis.  Track sales of assigned properties.  Interview buyers and sellers to verify price, condition of property, and determine validity of sale for use in the mass appraisal valuation process.  Become familiar with the ratio study process and how the sales data affects the outcome.
  • Learn and understand the Assessment & Taxation software. Learn to use other software necessary with sufficient skill to accomplish the above tasks in an efficient and professional manner, including but not limited to Word, Excel, GIS and aerial imagery viewers.
Duties for Property Appraiser 2
  • Locate properties in a variety of specific geographic locations.
  • Inspect & measure, collect information on the physical property in the field.
  • Inspect & measure properties on various types of terrain and in all
  • weather conditions.
  • Appraise land and new or existing buildings, using all three approaches to value as applicable: cost, income, and sales comparison. Determines both Real Market Value and Exception Value.
  • Participates in pre-appraisal set-up, which includes defining neighborhoods, developing land schedules, and developing valuation models for improvements.
  • Document field information for entry into computer data base.
  • Draws diagrams of the property buildings.
  • Responds to property owners concerns & questions in the field, in the office, at the lobby counter and on the telephone.
  • Process current information on a computer database.
  • May testify in Board of Property Tax Appeals, Tax Court, Magistrate Court, or Department of Revenue appeals hearings.
  • Perform data entry using a personal computer. Attend meetings & training seminars. Process exemption applications.


Requirements for the Position


  1. Must be a qualified Registered Appraiser in the State of Oregon, pursuant to ORS 308.010.  Must provide with job application a copy of the Registered Appraiser certificate issued by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services; OR
  2. Be eligible to take the Registered Appraiser exam at time of hire based on one of the following criteria, and pass that exam within 6 months of hire:
    • Have an associate in science degree (or higher) in property appraisal, real estate technology, building construction/inspection technology, engineering or forestry technology, business administration, or a related field; OR
    • Possess any combination of experience or education equivalent to two years in a field that would demonstrate the capacity to work as a property appraiser. Examples include; property appraisal, public or business administration, real estate, finance, civil engineering, urban planning; OR
    • Have previously completed an Oregon Department of Revenue approved appraisal training program or county approved appraisal training program.
  3.   Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.

In addition to the requirements stated above, the Property Appraiser 2 must have at least:
  1. Two (2) years of experience in real or personal property appraisal; OR 
  2. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for selected applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services.
  • Must possess and maintain proof of personal automobile liability insurance at a minimum in the amount required by Oregon Law [ORS Chapter 806].
  • Required to use personal vehicle for business use. 
  • Must pass a criminal history background investigation; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this classification.
  • Must adhere to Oregon Department of Revenue Administrative Rules 150-308.010-(A) which states:
"(a) Registered appraisers are required to successfully complete 30 credits approved education every two years. Continuing education requirements shall apply to any registered appraiser whether or not currently employed by state or local government."
"(b) Registered appraisers with less than three years of appraisal experience with either the Department of Revenue or county Assessor's Office, or a combination of the two, must complete 60 credits of training within the first two calendar years following their registration."
  • Final candidates will be required to participate in a practical examination to assess job skills. Selected applicants will be contacted for an appointment to participate in the assessment.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  May occasionally be required to work beyond the normal work schedule, depending upon the needs of the department.
Considerable knowledge of principles of property appraising; considerable knowledge of how to read and use recorded instruments such as: deeds, mortgages, and contracts; ability to gather and record accurate information for appraisals; ability to make clear and concise reports and recommendations relating to appraisals and other activities; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and the general public; ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and management; must demonstrate a conscientious effort towards self-improvement.
Operates a motor vehicle and maintains an acceptable driving history; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs stairs; turns neck 90 degrees in either direction; twists at waist 90 degrees in either direction; walks; traverses wet and uneven terrain; reaches overhead; lifts and carries up to 20 lbs. for up to 300 feet; pushes/pulls file drawers weighing 35 lbs.; uses hands and fingers to feel, grasp and handle items; operates a keyboard; uses rapid mental/eye/hand coordination; speaks clearly and audibly; reads an 8 pt. font; distinguishes shades of color; hears a normal speech level; works in areas exposed to all weather conditions; may be exposed to blood/body fluids.


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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