Appraisal Technician (Temporary)

posted Sep 21, 2021, 10:03 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Appraisal Technician                                                                   Job Code:              314

Division:          Residential Property                                                                    Effective Date:     04/15

Department:     Assessor                                                                                    Last Revised:      




Performs a variety of entry level para-professional property assessment duties related to the appraisal of improved and unimproved rural, residential, commercial, industrial, mobile home, livestock and personal property to determine market value for county tax purposes.  Performs all appraisal duties in a training capacity.




Works under close to general guidance and direction of the Chief Appraiser or assigned certified appraiser.








1.        Real Property Appraisal: As a “Note Taker” assists in the reappraisal and new appraisal efforts of residential, commercial and rural properties to arrive at estimated fair market value; records appraisal information on standardized report forms; interviews persons familiar with property, takes measurements and makes sketches of the same; inspects property for construction, condition, and functional design; takes photos and compiles data according to established procedures; processes appraisal results.


2.        Performs public relations in the process of conducting appraisals; travels through designated areas being alert to new construction and land development; researches building permits records, sales and leases, plat and tax rolls; locates new property developments, contacts property owners to arrange for appraisals.


3.        Surveys and reviews applications for construction and building permits; uses specific methods in order to determine taxable value; operates computer and printer to obtain results needed for fair taxation; enters property values as needed.


4.        Processing appraisal results;  surveys county building activity for new construction or improvements;  reviews application for construction and building permits as needed to schedule appraisals;  assists in the development of changes in "Land Value Guideline Book";  enters field data into laptop computer for transfer into primary data server.


5.        Customer Service: Provides daily customer service; responds to calls and provides counter assistance to the public; responds to questions from the public or defers the same to supervisor.


6.        Performs as first level contact for property owners seeking tax exemptions, i.e., churches, charitable organizations, “Head of Family”, “Veteran’s”, “65 & Older”, “Low Income”, “disabled” etc; provides information and instruction regarding application process and eligibility requirements; assists applicants with the veteran’s/widow tax exemption and tax reduction process; performs document audits to verify eligibility.


7.        May assist in the annual preparation and mailing of valuation notices; apprises property owner of protest and appeal procedures.


8.        Follows established process as needed to perform changes of title, refinancing, move-ins, move-outs, etc., related to mobile home properties.


9.        Maintains addresses on all assessment records.


10.     Performs related duties as required.




1.             Education and Experience:


A.             Graduation from high school;


B.             One (1) year of responsible experience performing the above or related duties;


C.            An equivalent combination of education and experience.



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2.             Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Some knowledge of terminology unique to the appraisal field;  current principles, procedures, techniques and approaches to value used in the appraisal of real property;  public relations and interviewing methods; inter-relationship with other county offices;  technical report writing; interpersonal communication skills. Some knowledge of blue print reading; drafting principles and terminology; county geography.


Ability to visually observe the details of property and arrive at a accurate and equitable appraisal; apply appropriate methods of valuation; make mathematical calculations in determining percentages, volumes, areas, acreage,  etc.; ability to read legal descriptions, deeds, plat books, maps, and blue prints; operate a variety of tools and equipment i.e. calculator, computer, typewriter, camera, drafting instruments, measuring devices, etc.; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;   develop and maintain effective working relationship with the public, fellow employees, and supervisors;  follow written and verbal instructions; interpret, develop and analyze cost manual.


3.             Special Qualifications:


Must possess a New Mexico Driver’s License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.


4.             Work Environment:


Incumbent of the position performs generally in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Frequent travel and exposure to outside weather conditions. Tasks require variety of physical activities, periodically involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching. Talking, hearing and seeing essential to job performance.    Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking.