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Job Title: Chelan County Assessor's Office - Residential/Agricultural Appraiser
Department: County of Chelan Human Resources
Job Type: NonExempt
Salary: $ 3,395.01 - $ 3,930.23 / Monthly  
Posted: April 17, 2018
Position open until filled.

Job Location

County of Chelan Human Resources
400 Douglas Street, #201
Wenatchee, WA 98801



The responsibilities of the Residential/Agricultural Appraiser include determining the true and fair market value on technically complex and varied residential properties, orchards, farms and open land for tax assessment purposes in compliance with WA State law. Meeting strict office and Department of Revenue deadlines, and being available to support assessment before the County Board of Equalization and State Board of Tax Appeals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Perform a systematic revaluation of residential and rural property for tax purposes
    • Locate property according to legal descriptions, maps and surveys,
    • Conduct mass appraisal of assigned area according to revaluation cycle
    • Must be able to use building permits, analyze blue prints, and understand zoning codes
  • Calculate land area and square footage based on complex legal descriptions, divisions, surveys, boundary adjustments and revalue as needed
  • Appraise and maintain files on all exempt property
  • Enter and maintain correct parcel information on the computer as required
  • Research and prepare analysis for all relevant comparable sales
  • Set values, and be able to change them without management approval
  • Maintain field books and values, and to defend values to the Customer, Chelan County Board of Equalization, and the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals
  • Appraise all residential new construction for tax purposes each year
  • Research and prepare full appeal for Board of Equalization, make presentation and personally defend value to Board of Equalization
  • Research and prepare full appeal for State Board of Tax Appeals, and present appeal to Board

Job Title: Residential Agricultural Appraiser

  • Understand and meet all office, RCW and WAC deadlines when doing assigned appraisal work
  • Be able to use and explain the cost approach and understand and use the Marshall & Swift residential cost handbook; and apply all form of depreciation, including functional and external obsolescence
  • Provide assistance to the public in locating parcels on maps and answering questions


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Knowledge of construction, condition and functional design when inspecting property is required. Must have knowledge of data entry and county computer systems, take and enter pictures of real property into computer, effectively use Excel and Word and understand and use Apex drawing program. Knowledge of fruit industry is required.


Calculate land area and square footage based on complex legal descriptions, divisions, surveys, boundary adjustments and revalue as needed. Calculation of figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area circumference and volume are required. Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry.


Ability to read and interpret documents, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Must understand and be able to explain legal documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence, speak clearly and communicate effectively


Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of variables, and possess the flexibility to adapt to new and changing situations. Must demonstrate good discretionary judgment and prioritize and complete work without direct supervision.

High School diploma or equivalent, as we all as some higher education of vocational training specializing in business, accounting, public administration, appraisal related subjects or other education that would provide the skills necessary to do the job. One to two years experience in real estate, residential construction, building inspection or related experience.

Title: Residential/Agricultural Appraiser


Valid Washington State driver’s license. Must pass IAAO Class 1 on basic appraisal for state certification, must acquire state certification within 1 year of employment. Must stay compliant with Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and maintain all continuing education requirements.


Must be able to drive and physically visit and appraise each assigned parcel, which includes walking, standing sitting, talking and listening. Must lift field books or plat books weighing up to 20 pounds on a regular basis.


When visiting parcels will exposed to outside weather conditions. Must occasionally walk outside on varying types of topography in sometimes poor weather conditions. Travel on semi-improved roads may be required. Occasionally exposed to animals when doing site visits. Time not spent doing site visits will typically be in an office environment.

Additional Information

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and completed Chelan County Application to: Erin Fonville , Chelan County Assessor's Office, 350 Orondo Street, Wenatchee,  WA  98801 or emai to:



Job is open until filled.