Yakima County Human Resources

  • 010-xxx Appraiser - Assessor's Office

    Working Title
    Residential Appraiser
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Assessor's Office
    37.5 per week
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
  • Overview

    There is one position open with the Yakima County Assessors Office.  This position is responsible for appraising property to determine its fair market value. Visits residential and agricultural property as well as those designated as new construction within Yakima County; Uses accepted appraisal techniques and residential property knowledge to perform valuation of the property and determines, lists and refines characteristics for ad valorem taxes according to state law.  This recruitment may be used to fill future Appraiser openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.  




    Collect, review and validate market data for market analysis and ratio studies; establishes factors of cost, depreciation, functional and economical obsolescence and fair market value. Performs field inspections to establish value for ad valorem tax.  Analyzes land and improved sales and correlates cost to market value to determine the market value of Residential property


    Locates, inspects and classifies properties denoting class, style, quality, and important characteristics. Estimates the market value of each property for assessment purposes based on market analysis.


    Maintains close liaison with the Lead Appraiser concerning market analysis, revaluation progress, program status, work quality, quantity and potential problem areas of the assigned appraisal responsibilities.


    Prepares appraisal cases for presentation before the County Board of Equalization and Board of Tax Appeals


    Performs other duties as required including duties of the entry level.




    High School Diploma or G.E.D. PLUS three full-time years of related experience (real estate, surveying, engineering, construction or quality control);



    Associate’s Degree or two year technical certificate in related field PLUS one full-time year of related experience in real estate, surveying, engineering, construction or quality control;



    An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


    Note: A year of post-secondary education in one of the above disciplines will be considered to be equivalent to one year of related experience.



    • Washington State Certification for Appraisers required within one year of appointment and duration of employment.
    • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance, if requested
    • Continuing education to maintain license will be required of 15 clock hours every two years.
    • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Certification required within three years of certification.




    Knowledge of:

    • Building materials, equipment, workmanship and general construction quality as applied to all classes of buildings.
    • Standard appraisal methods and techniques including the cost, income and market methods of appraisal;
    • Laws, regulations and court decisions affecting appraising;
    • Legal descriptions;
    • Customer service techniques.

    Skills (and abilities):

    • Applying appraisal principles and techniques;
    • Reading and interpreting maps, aerial photos and property descriptions;
    • Exercising sound judgment in developing and analyzing information;
    • Giving presentations in support of appraisal determinations;
    • Paying attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Preparing and processing documents related to property appraisal;
    • Performing a variety of calculations;
    • Using office equipment such as phones, copies, calculators and fax machines;
    • Using a personal computer and related software applications;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public;
    • Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give or receive work direction.





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