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Auditor-Appraiser Trainee

Company: Orange County
Location: Santa Ana
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:



This job bulletin is written notification of an upcoming recruitment for Auditor-Appraiser Trainee. Applicants will not have access to apply during this period. This written notification will be posted in a read-only format through Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The Orange County Office of the Assessor will be accepting applications on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021 until the needs of the department are met. This recruitment may close as early as Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:

Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


The Assessor's Office values all legally assessable property with uniformity and impartiality, producing property tax assessment rolls in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The Assessor staff help Business, Real and Personal Property owners understand their property valuations and apply exclusions and exemptions as allowed by property tax law.


An Auditor-Appraiser Trainee works under definite guidelines to develop sufficient knowledge to independently perform the more complex real, and personal business property auditing and appraisal work. This class is in the entry-level position in the Auditor-Appraiser series and is for training/preparing employees to compete for promotion to Auditor-Appraiser I after one year.

Examples of duties include:

  • Learns laws, rules, regulations, procedures and techniques of auditing and appraising
  • Inspects, audits and appraises real, business and personal property
  • Examines and analyzes inventory records, balance sheets, income statements and other accounting records for valuation information and assessment purposes
  • Computes depreciation and replacement costs of real and business personal property
  • Candidates may be required to make out-of-county trips to audit business records


The ideal candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree with a specialization in accounting from an accredited college (see minimum qualifications below; official transcripts must be attached to application). In addition, candidate should have knowledge of general Business Law, Record Keeping, and Statistical concepts and terminology. The ideal candidate will possess extensive professional work experience and/or knowledge in the following core competencies:

  • Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience
  • Understanding, analyzing and utilizing different accounting systems
  • Understanding and analyzing technical data
  • Preparing accurate records and submitting clear and concise reports
  • Understanding of property tax laws pertaining to the auditing and appraising of property
  • Computing depreciation and replacement costs of business personal property
  • Applying appraisal principles and techniques
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites (Word, Excel, Etc.)

Problem Solving | Analytical Skills

  • Identifying and resolving appraisal issues and problems and researching possible solutions
  • Utilizing audit and appraisal methods used in valuing real and personal property.

Relationship Building | Interpersonal Skills

  • Working with other public and private agencies in efforts to provide customer service to taxpayers

Oral | Written Communication Skills

  • Ability to write audit narratives summarizing the audit results
  • Meeting with the taxpayer representatives with courtesy and tact
  • Utilizing customer service techniques to respond to taxpayers needs


Education and Experience:

Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant issued by the California State Board of Accountancy.


Hold a four-year degree with a specialization in accounting from a recognized institution of higher education (accredited). A degree with a specialization in accounting consists of either:

  • 18 semester units (or quarter equivalents) of accounting and/or auditing courses from a recognized institution of higher education. Business law and economic classes may not contribute toward the 18 units; or
  • 19 semester units (or quarter equivalents), 16 of which must be accounting and/or auditing courses from a recognized institution of higher education, and 3 semester units may be either business law or economic classes.


Possession of a valid Appraiser Certificate or ability to obtain a Temporary Appraiser Certificate issued and required by the California State Board of Equalization.

A permanent Appraiser Certificate must be attained within one year of employment.

Possession of a valid California Driver License, Class C or higher.

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the classification.


Physical & Mental Requirements: Frequent walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, and twisting and bending at the waist. May be required to walk a full workday to field verify business or vessel information for a period of 8 weeks or more. May be required to climb stairs, walk on catwalks and maneuver around machinery during tours of industrial or manufacturing sites. Ability to hear well enough to communicate and take direction. May be required to lift up to 25 pounds. Manual dexterity to hand-write and/or use a computer keyboard. Ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods. Ability to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard. Ability to independently reason and analyze data, and to reach objective conclusions. Ability to work under stressful conditions, deadlines, and competing priorities. Ability to successfully and collaboratively work with other individuals.

Environmental Conditions: Essential functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work primarily in an office setting around machinery with stationary or moving parts, and/or field environment. May be required to drive a County vehicle or use County-approved means of transportation for job-related travel. May be required to travel outside of Orange County with overnight stays.


Office of the Assessor Human Resources will screen all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After the initial screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step of the selection process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Online Assessment (Weighted 100%): Applicants who meet minimum and/or desirable qualifications will be invited to participate in one or more job-related assessments. Applicants will be notified of their test date and access code, if applicable. Only the most qualified applicants will move forward to the next step in the recruitment process.

Application Appraisal Panel / AAP (Weighted 100%): An appraisal panel of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questionnaire for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list. (Please note: Official/ Unofficial Transcripts MUST be attached in order to show proof of Bachelor's degree, including at least 18 semester or 24 quarter units of accounting and/or auditing.)

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List: Once the assessment has been completed, Office of the Assessor HR will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Veterans Employment Preference Policy (VEPP): The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.


Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of online applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Melissa Mendoza at (714) 834-6274 or email at ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in your application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at


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Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Keywords: Orange County, Santa Ana , Auditor-Appraiser Trainee, Other , Santa Ana, California

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