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Contra Costa County Human Resources

Martinez, CA ~ May 25, 2018

DATE OPENED: June 4, 2018

CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2018



The Contra Costa County Assessor’s Office is filling several vacancies for Junior Appraiser. Junior Appraiser is the first working level in the professional appraisal series. Individuals appointed to this class receive substantial formal classroom and on-the-job training. Field assignments may be in any area of the County, and will include such typical tasks as: assisting and/or making appraisals of real and/or personal property; inspecting building interiors and exteriors to estimate costs and changes affecting value; and inspecting new construction and remodeling work to evaluate such items as workmanship and building material costs.


Appointees to this class serve a one year probationary period. Promotional opportunities exist to the class of Assistant Appraiser and Associate Appraiser.


NOTE: Incumbents are required to provide their own transportation. Mileage reimbursement is handled according to the County’s policy.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Ability to provide high level customer service
  • Attention to detail and consistency
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration
  • Effective communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment

Read the complete job description at www.cccounty.us/hr. The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.



Tentative Written Exam: June 28, 2018

Tentative Oral Exam: July 31, 2018



License Required: Candidates must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.


Certification Required: Appointees must meet certification requirements established by the California State Board of Equalization within one year of employment.


Education: Possession of a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with a major in economics, business administration or a closely related field.


Substitution Options: (1) Full-time professional experience appraising real property in a California County Assessor’s Office, or in a state or federal agency in California responsible for appraising property, may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years. (2) Additional one year of experience in professional real property appraisal on a full-time basis may be substituted for the required academic major.   (3) Experience in the class equivalent to Real Property Technical Assistant in Contra Costa County may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two years, one additional year of the experience may be substituted for the required major. (4) Current professional membership (MAI designation), or the SRA (Senior Residential Appraiser), or SRPA (Senior Real Property Appraiser) or SREA (Senior Real Estate Analyst) designation issued by the Appraisal Institute, or SRWA (Senior Right-of-Way Agent Designation) with the International Right-of-Way Association may be substituted for the bachelor degree.




  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at www.cccounty.us/hr and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Written Examination: May include multiple-choice questions, writing proficiency test, and scenario based competency/behavioral questions. Test items may consist of the following assessment categories: appraisal mathematics, vocabulary, language usage, reading comprehension, written communications, and interpersonal skills. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to participate in the oral interviews. (Weighted 50%)
  4. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 50%)

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

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