Employment Opportunity - 'Appraiser'

Employment Opportunity:     Job # 19-01 

Posting Type:                             Open Announcement

Closing Date:                             Open Until Filled

Starting Wage:                           $17.21 per Hour / Full-Time 



Under the direct supervision of the Director of Equalization, is responsible for performing technical and professional appraisal work in establishing real property values for tax assessment purposes.


  • Identify properties to be appraised by use of legal descriptions, maps, review of building permits and property appraisal records. 

  • Appraise improved and unimproved land parcels.  Calculate land values by classification using market value of comparable land and applicable laws.  Use schedules, manuals and guidelines relating to the appraisal of improved or unimproved property for classification purposes.

  • Appraise improvements by performing physical inspections to consider  construction, condition, and functional design to value properties.  Determine depreciation, income potential, property use and class, percentage completion, and eligibility for incentive programs.  Reappraise property annually as indicated on the approved appraisal plan.

  • Answer on and off-site inquiries to provide information concerning appraisals.

  • Explain appraisal/assessment cycle process to constituents.

  • Collect field data on mobile homes and assign value to property by referring to the appropriate schedules, manuals and guidelines.

  • Interview persons familiar with property and comparable sites to accurately analyze all factors affecting value. 

  • Maintain accurate records and files on all property to include property cards and various computer programs used to value and inventory property.

  • Prepare and defend appraisal values and procedures at various levels of hearings or court proceedings.

  • Attend appropriate seminars and training courses as approved by Director.

  • Assure regular maintenance of county vehicles assigned to this office.

  • Perform field inspections for vendor and/or campground permit compliance.

  • Perform additional duties as required, performing all duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies.


Experience and Education:

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certification. 

  2. Knowledge of state laws governing the assessment procedures for real property.

  3. Knowledge of the layout within Meade County and ability to read legal descriptions.

  4. Proficiency in math and statistics.

  5. Ability to operate modern office equipment.

  6. Ability to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills.

  7. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

  8. Ability to train others.

Physical Demands:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  

  2. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  

  3. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  

  4. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:  

  1. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions.

Examination, Testing, and Certification:

  1. Valid South Dakota Drivers License.

  2. Certified Assessor/Appraiser within twelve (12) months of employment.

  3. Successful completion oral interviews.

  4. Other such examination as deemed appropriate and necessary by the County.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Apply at: https://www.meadecounty.org/human-resources/