Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Appraiser Trainee – Job Description

Salary: $2,580.28 – $2,898.62 per month DOE

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Basic Functions:

This is a training position for the propose of appraisal of residential property or land appraisal and new construction. Defend all appraisals before the County Board of Equalization.  Defend all appraisals before the State Board of Tax Appeals.  Explain appraisals and appraisal methods to the public. This position works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees. This position is non-exempt and subject to a collective bargaining agreement.


    1. High school diploma or equivalent
    2. Proven ability to read, speak and write the English Language
    3. Must have Washington State Accreditation for Real Property Appraisal or the ability to acquire within one year of employment
    4. Must pass USAP within allotted time. Must be USPAP compliant at all times
    5. Possess a valid driver’s license
    6. Physical ability to hike long distances over rough terrain and work in harsh weather
    7. Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle in off-road situations under difficult situations
    8. Computer and office equipment experience
    9.  Good mathematical skills, ability to apply concepts of basic algebra
    10. Excellent public relations skills
    11. Must successfully pass a background, driving record check and pre-employment physical exam.

Essential Job Functions:

  1.  Under direct or general supervision, inspects real property or inspects and investigates building permits for determining fair market value
  2. Appraise urban, rural, mobile home and commercial properties for tax assessment purposes (physical inspection of each site)
  3. Inspect buildings and improvements to obtain basic data for use in determining correct values (physical inspection of each site)
  4. List all real property subject to taxation, determine appraised values and calculate assessed values
  5. Meet all office, RCW and WAC deadlines relating to assigned appraisal work
  6. Enter values, New Construction, Destroyed Property and BOE in the PACS computer software system and maintain applicable records
  7. Complete weekly work report and turn in to Assessor
  8. Maintain and update computer data.
  9. Answering telephones and assisting the public at the counter answering questions concerning ownership, property boundaries, etc.
  10. Provide assistance to the public in locating parcels on maps, explaining different documents and answering questions
  11. Perform additional job duties as assigned by the Assessor in order to maintain an even workflow in the office.
  12. The Assessor’s Office DOES NOT give legal advice.


This job classification works in an office environment, drives in a variety of weather conditions to inspection sites and spends time physically assessing property, or walking and driving through timber and other undeveloped terrain.  This position requires lifting and carrying work materials (card trays, maps, etc) weighing up to 50 pounds.  Stressful situations may arise when dealing with hostile property owners.  There are potentially dangerous situations that occur when traveling in remote areas, when inspecting construction sites or when there may be illicit use of land involved.  At times, there may be some exposure to vicious animals. In any of the above situations or any other situations you deem unacceptable, you may request another appraiser to accompany you to the inspection site. Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department (no telecommuting). Please see the above Appraiser Trainee Job Description for the full qualifications and job functions.