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Property Appraiser Trainee

City of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
  • Expired: 12 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Property Appraiser Trainee

Pay Rate Information

This position is represented by theAFSCMEunion and starting pay is$19.27 per hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and potential progression increases. Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at:

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City. The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $5000, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

To assist in evaluating and assessing the value of real and personal property throughout the City of Ann Arbor. Learn the role Property Appraiser I and earn required certification within 12 months of employment.


Incumbent may be responsible for the following duties, listed in order of frequency and importance:

Essential Duties
  • Inspecting and performing data entry to keep property records up to date of changes to real property due to new construction, omitted property, demolition and remodeling
  • Inspecting real properties that have applied for building permits
  • Processing and mailing real property statements and assessment notices
  • Updating property files and assessment records of changes to property
  • Assisting with the verification of legal descriptions for splits and combinations of property
  • Providing assistance for the defense of assessment appeals at the Small Claims Division of the Michigan Tax Tribunal and State Tax Commission
  • Assisting with inspections of property appealed to the Board of Review
  • Assisting with the annual street survey of personal property
  • Assisting with maintaining records of businesses on the City of Ann Arbor Personal Property Assessment Roll
  • Assisting in the calculating and computing of personal property statement
Related Work
  • Explaining assessments, procedures, and tax laws to taxpayers and realtors
  • Inspecting real properties and reviewing property values for homeowners upon request
  • Answering the telephone
  • Greeting and providing information to customers at the front counter of the assessment division
  • Opening and sorting incoming mail
  • Performing related work as assigned

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)

  • General auditing and accounting principles and procedures preferred
  • Basic property tax laws preferred
  • Equalizer Assessing Program BS&A Software
  • Computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook)
  • Basic construction materials and methods preferred
  • Basic appraisal/assessment practices and procedures preferred

Skills (position requirements at entry)

  • Communicating through oral and written instruction
  • Establishing and maintaining effective public relations
  • Analyzing and solving complex problems
  • Work independently
  • Reading maps and blueprints preferred
  • Interpreting legal descriptions preferred
  • Planning and organizing


Computer, measuring tape, miscellaneous office equipment, calculator, engineering and architects scale, automobile, digital camera and protractor.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D Equivalent


  • Associate's degree in assessment administration, business administration, accounting, engineering or a related field

After Hire the Employee is Required to:

  • Successfully complete Michigan Property Tax Law Exemption class and Personal Property Class (or their equivalent) within 12 months of hire
  • Successfully complete MCAO Certification

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)


  • Valid MI driver's license
  • MCAT


Licensed Appraiser

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching,

crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, talking, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Incumbent will be required to travel throughout the City of Ann Arbor approximately 50% of the time to locations that are not accessible through public transportation.

May be required to climb a ladder and go on a roof to conduct an inspection of type of roof or AC units. This position may be required to inspect crawl spaces.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 lbs. such as mail, files, and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

EEO: The City of Ann Arbor is proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of a person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, condition of pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental limitation, height, weight, source of income, family responsibility, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status in any aspect of our hiring or employment process.We have earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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